One of the biggest differences between going green at work and at home is the power to make the changes at home. At home there’s no approval process or team to get on board. It’s independent decisions and setting rules for spouses, children, family and roommates that will get results.
Take a second to think of all the things that are plugged in at home during the day, the week and the month. When a cord is plugged in, there is a constant charge of energy running through it. Unplugging stops the charge, and saves energy and money!
Fortunately, many of the tips about creating a more environmentally-friendly workspace can also be applied at home! (see that post here)
At home we have appliances for drinking, cooking, baking, cleaning, washing, drying, entertainment and work. Smaller appliances like radios, blenders, toasters, hair dryers, hair straighteners, alarm clocks, lamps and phone chargers can be unplugged when not in use.
With large appliances like ovens, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, check and use energy saving methods and when finished with the appliance, turn it off. Emptying a dryer and closing the door when finished with it for example, doesn’t actually shut the dryer off.
Every room in the house has greener potential.
Putting a brick or bottle into the toilet’s water tank turns it into a low flow – energy saving toilet. Wikihow has a simple demo here.
Recycle the cardboard toilet paper rolls too!
The Living Room:
Switching off the lights, tv, audio equipment and video game consoles in the living room is key.
The Dining Room:
Buy cloth napkins, placemats and tablecloths to liven up the dining room table. Cloth linens are machine washable and can be reused.
The kitchen is the most common area for waste. Instead of throwing everything in the garbage, compost food waste and recycle paper, cardboard and beverage container waste.
If you use a dishwasher only run it when full, and use eco-friendly soaps. If you wash the dishes in the sink, only use as much water as you need and rinse all the dishes together instead of individually as you place them on the dish rack.
Start a clothing swap with friends. Switch out dresses, accessories, shoes, sweaters and anything else you’re finished with.
Donating to Clothesline, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg, Koats for Kids or the Salvation Army is a charitable option.
-Enjoy the ride.