Using online bill pay not only saves trees, it reduces the fuel consumption needed to transport all those paper checks. According to Javelin Strategy & Research, if every home in the U.S. viewed and paid their bills online, we would cut 1.6 billion tons of solid waste per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 million tons annually – log on now!
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin-fiber toilet paper with a roll made from 100% recycled paper, we would save over 400K trees per year!
Green Cooking Tip: Microwaves use the least amount of energy for cooking. Slow cookers and toaster ovens are also great options for greener cooking versus your traditional stove and oven.
June 11th is National Great Outdoors Day! This is a new annual event to encourage all of us to get outside and enjoy nature! Dedicate this month to adventure to a new park, go for a bike ride, hike a new trail or take the family on a camping trip. Go to www.nps.gov/articles/great-outdoors-month.com for lots of great ideas.
Per simplemom.net, re-purposing items can be economical and eco-friendly. Egg cartons make great paint wells for art projects, work well as seed starters, or can be used as treasure boxes or many other crafty projects.
The California Energy Commission estimates that taking a bath uses 30-50 gallons of water. An average shower, of just four minutes (even with an old shower head), uses just 20 gallons. In order to conserve one of our most precious resources, install a low-flow shower-head which uses just 10 gallons – a whopping 50% reduction in water consumption!