Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day 2011

Happy Earth Day! Remember, what is good for the earth is usually good for your wallet. Here are some of the little things I do that are kind to the earth and go easy on the wallet:
  1. Cover pans when boiling water, it uses less energy;
  2. Keep the thermostat at 62 degrees during the winter (even a Wisconsin winter) results in major energy savings;
  3. Use reusable grocery bags at the grocery store and Target; both give me a 5 or 10 cent credit per bag. I'm there once a week, using approximately 10 bags a week. It won't put the kids through college, but little bits add up;
  4. Replace regular light bulbs with compact florescent;
  5. Prepare a large number of vegetarian meals;
  6. Cook meals at home;
  7. Sign up for paperless banking and avoid banking fees;
  8. Purchase kids clothing and household decorations at thrift stores whenever possible;
  9. Borrow books, music, and other media from the library instead of purchasing items;
  10. Taught my toddler to turn off the lights to "save energy".

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