Tips for Going Green
Here are many tips for going green that you may not have considered.
Start a Compost Heap
Planning on making an organic garden? Know someone who does? A compost heap is an incredibly easy and fun way of getting rid of excess waste while gaining pure black fertilizer. There is a nearly endless list of foods and other waste that can be put into a compost heap, and building and maintain the heap can even be a fun family activity.
Use Rechargeable Batteries
A great way to save both money and prevent the accumulation of harmful waste is by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. People spend hundreds of dollars in batteries per year, and the waste from dead batteries creates pollution in the soil from battery acid. Rechargeable batteries are very easy to get used to. They have long battery lives, are quickly recharged and won’t need to be replaced for years.
Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
Like batteries, bottles of water are another over-priced item that people spend hundreds of dollars on per year. The plastic from these non-biodegradable bottles take up a lot of space in landfills, and the water usually isn’t any healthier or cleaner than filtered tap water. Buy a reusable water bottle instead. You can fill it up at fountains and with your home’s tap. If your tap water isn’t clean enough for consumption or has a copper taste, use a water filter or purifier to get clean and better tasting water.
Pay Bills Online
Many companies not only allow their customers to pay their bills online but they also usually encourage it. Paying your bills online saves the company the money and the hassles of sending out paper bills every month, and it saves you the piles of waste from these bills. This will also prevent you from getting the ironic paper reminder to save paper by switching to electronic bills.
Creating a Greener Car
Not all of us have the money to go out and buy a hybrid or an electric car to help cut down on gas emissions and save money on fuel. However, there are several things that you can do to your car to make it more eco-friendly.
First, get rid of as much junk from your car as possible. You may have things like lawn chairs, cardboard boxes, clothes, coolers and more cluttering up your car. Not only does this make for a messy vehicle but it also reduces your fuel efficiency. Even an extra few pounds can affect your gas mileage, so put whatever items you can into storage.
Second, get your vehicle tuned up on a regular basis. Ensuring that your car is running at peak performance at all times can improve gas mileage and prevent costly repairs in the future.
Finally, practice more passive driving techniques. Driving aggressively eats up fuel, can damage various parts of your vehicle and it can even be dangerous. Drive within the speed limit, avoid slamming on the brakes and don’t make sudden sharp turns unless it’s necessary.