17 Apr 20 Ways to Go GREEN at Home
Take action! Use this list to accelerate your journey to green!
- Start composting! Reduce landfill waste, return nutrients to the soil and avoid using chemical fertilizers in your yard and garden.
- Lug a mug and drag a bag. Be conscious of reducing and reusing when possible, such as bringing your own bags to the store and your own mug to the coffee shop.
- Go beyond recycling. Focus first on reducing and reusing, and then recycle what you can and try to purchase items made from recycled products.
- Shop locally. Support green businesses and shop fair trade.
- Buy less stuff. Borrow from friends, rent or look for second hand items.
- Rid your home of toxic cleaning products. Replace them with green alternatives or make your own.
- Choose natural personal care products. Read the labels on products and avoid ingredients that are known to be harmful, such as artificial fragrance and Triclosan (“anti-bacterial”).
- Go pesticide free. Weeds are not dangerous, but pesticides are.
- Start grasscycling. Leave your lawn clippings on the lawn instead of bagging them.
- Install and use a rain barrel. Capture rain water to use in your yard and garden instead of using municipal tap water.
- Go low flow. Replace your toilets, showerheads, and taps with low flow models (<1.5gpm or 5.7Lpm).
- Test your toilets for leaks. A leaky toilet can add up to 28 bath tubs of wasted water per month.
- Hang your clothes to dry. Save energy by avoiding the clothing dryer, which is the second biggest consumer of electricity in your home.
- Support renewable energy. Choose an energy provider that generates electricity from wind and solar power instead of coal.
- Cut your phantom loads. Make sure to unplug electronics when they are not in use or put them on a power bar and turn the bar off when you’re not using them.
- Change your light bulbs. CFLs and LEDs are 75-95% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
- Travel lightly. Plan your vehicle trips so you can run multiple errands on the same trip. Consider biking, walking or taking transit whenever possible.
- Go idle free. Idling wastes fuel, produces more harmful emissions, and contributes to climate change.
- Eat consciously. Eat less meat, choose local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible and consider going organic if you can.
- Grow your own food. Plant a garden or join a community garden.
Thanks to Green Calgary for the tips! Share any suggestions you have in the comments below.