Here are tips to help you plan ahead to reduce your waste and green your gift giving this year.
Get creative with wrapping paper
Don't buy new wrapping paper. Instead, reuse old wrapping paper or use reusable bags or boxes to wrap your gifts. Get creative and use scraps of fabric, old magazines, or calendars to put together a colorful collage to keep your gifts a secret until it's time to open them.
Save the trees
The winter chill is beginning to set in, and if you want to heat a small space or supplement your primary heating system, you might be tempted to use a space heater. Is this an efficient way to heat your home or a money waster?
Have you ever wondered if you can throw that paper plate you just used in the recycling bin? What about that take-out container? If you've ever struggled to determine what can and cannot be recycled, check out this helpful list that breaks it down item by item.
Items you can recycle:
1. Rigid plastics and bottles
2. Cardboard boxes
3. Milk cartons
4. Phonebooks, magazines and mail
5. Office paper, newspaper and cardboard
6. Aluminum beverage cans
Winter is almost here, which means energy usage is about to skyrocket. If you want to ease your impact on the planet or simply save money on energy bills, check out these 5 simple adjustments that will reduce your consumption drastically.
If you want to save money on your monthly energy bills, consider these tips to conserve energy in the kitchen:
If you want to save water, learn how to conserve in the bathroom and kitchen.
In the bathroom:
1. Install a low-flow toilet that uses less water when flushed
2. Don't flush anything other than toilet paper and natural waste
3. Fill sink bowl with water instead of letting the water run when you need to wash your face or shave
4. Install a low-flow shower head
In the kitchen:
1. Wash dishes in the dishwasher as opposed to hand washing
Whether you want to save money on fuel costs or burn less gasoline that contributes to climate change, buying a fuel-efficient car is the way to go. Check out 2017's most fuel-efficient vehicles.
1. Toyota Prius
2. Hyundai Ioniq
3. Toyota Prius Prime
4. Kia Niro
5. Chevrolet Malibu
6. Lexus CT 200h
7. Ford Fusion
8. Hyundai Sonata
9. Toyota Prius C
10. Toyota Prius V
Building a green home isn't only good for the environment, it will save you big bucks in the end. The initial renovations to go green can be costly, but in the end, you're creating a more sustainable environment for you and your family.
Consider these tips if you want to build a green home:
1. Location. Avoid building on a lot that faces west. This will keep your home cool and minimize sun exposure during the afternoon and evening hours.