We live differently depending on the time of year, and since living a green life is all about being in tune with your surroundings and your climate, what better reason to check out some ways to green your life than a change of seasons. Summer typically means warmer weather and more time spent outdoors, which means many opportunities for reducing your energy bills and lessening your impact on the planet. Here are some ideas:
2) Take shorter showers (or even cold showers!). Heating water for showers accounts for 2/3 of all water-heating costs. So cutting your showers in half will result in 33% reduction of your water heating costs. Taking cold showers would reduce your bill by a full 66%! I frequently take short cold showers during the hot summers in Los Angeles. Saves energy and cools me off big time! We also use a shower shut-off valve (pictured at right) to easily turn the water flow off and on (without dealing with the faucets themselves) which makes using less water a breeze.
IDEAS THAT REQUIRE A LITTLE MORE WORK
3) Eat vegetarian meals more often. It takes approximately 10 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat. So if you eat vegetarian you are cutting the need for fertilizers, gas for transportation, use of water, etc. by huge amounts. Also, it is substantially less expensive to eat vegetarian never mind the incredible health benefits that have been documented eating vegetarian. We eat animal-free meals about 66% of the time. If you never eat vegetarian, try starting out small…one meal a week. If you already eat at least one meal a day that is vegetarian, try boosting it to two meals once a week. Remember that every little bit makes a difference!
5) Use a laundry line. This lowers our gas bill by 75% and our electricity bill by about another 10% or so. It was one of the easiest project we ever did around the house (once we had all the materials it took about an hour to set everything up. Read my post about how to install your own custom laundry line. Also, your whites will never be whiter!!!!
So there you go…5 tips to green your life this summer. Try one or try them all, either way, you’ll make a difference!
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