There are so many little ways we can give back to help the planet, and save your pocket book at the same time, so here are a few simple tips you can do on your own that will help make a positive impact.
Dishwashers vs. Hand Washing:
If think that by running the dishwasher with a full load versus washing a sink full of dishes you’d use more water and energy, SURPRISE! It’s more cost effective and uses less water/energy to wash your dishes in an Energy Saver dishwasher.
Be an Eco Warrior & Fashionable At The Same Time:
A tip tweeted by @oggyno (also the inspiration behind this post) says use reusable bags when going shopping, even though today grocery bags are being recycled, it is still more cost effective and eco smart to use reusable bags.
You can even sport your Echelon pride while being Eco-Minded when shopping. @MARSStore has the Thirty Seconds To Mars – Head Shot Tote Bag for $15.00 that can be used to tote around your groceries, books or even when you’re buying stuff at the mall!
Music Can Help You Save Water:
This AWESOME tip came from my Mars enabler @werewolf1234567. Her tip in helping the planet is to make a 15 minute music play list to limit the amount of time in the shower.
I always have my MP3 player going when in the shower. The only tough thing about this is to decide what songs to place on the list!
Not All Vampires Are Cool:
Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson and Jared Leto are all hot sexy vampires, yes, but leaving appliances plugged in are vampire appliances, which is not cool.
Leaving your cell phone charger plugged into the wall will actually suck energy even if your phone is not connected. This goes for other appliances left plugged in such as your computer, toaster oven, coffee pot, and the major culprit (which I over looked until recently) the microwave. Thanks to an interview done by @ablorg with Tomo I am unplugging my microwave when it’s not in use. I don’t use it often except to nuke a corn dog once in a while, or occasionally reheat leftovers, but kept it plugged in 24/7.
Turn off the lights when the room is not in use:
This one is a pet peeve of mine, when someone walks out of a room for a long period of time and leaves the radio on, fan blowing and all the lights on in the room, but then goes into the living room to watch TV.
When not in the room turn off the lights and other electronics. You will be saving money, electricity and reducing your carbon footprint.
As @oggyno said when giving this tip is to remember “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark.”