In a recent article the other day in the Chicago Tribune Home and Garden section, readers learned all sorts of ways that they could green up their lifestyle. Here are a few of those tips.
Use cold water for your laundry. This will save a few hundred dollars per year on electricity. We do this, and our clothes come out as clean as before.
If you have allergies to animal dander, or dust mites, however, your clothes may need some heat. Still use cold water, just dry the clothes in a dryer afterwards to kill off any nasties.
Clean the lint trap of your dryer with every load. In addition to preventing fires, this will save you about $35 per year in energy costs. I don’t do this, and I think I should start.
Try to eliminate single use items from your life. Paper napkins, disposable water bottles, disposable wipes…all have alternatives that you can use many times. My goal is to use up our paper napkins and eventually switch to cloth. I also use a water bottle at work and a thermos cup for my tea. I confess that I’m less conscious about my single use items when on vacation. Perhaps I could fill up a water bottle to go!
A microwave oven uses less energy to reheat food or cook small portions that the oven/stove. The savings is 80%! I had no idea. We also have a smaller oven in our kitchen, which would still save energy over the big oven, I would think.
That’s all for today. I’ll add a few more tips in a few days.