This article is sponsored by Direct Energy. #DESmartHome
Spring is a fabulous time to start thinking of new ways to go green. I don’t know if it’s the warmer weather, the buds on the trees, or just all the green that starts sprouting, but Spring is definitely an awakening to so many people to learn new ways to be more eco friendly. Today I was inspired to write a post to share 6 super duper easy ways to make small changes in your lifestyle to live more green!
1. Harness the power of the Sun. Whether you’re drying cloth diapers or just your everyday clothes, harness the power of the sun’s abilities to dry [with no energy use] and bleach! If you don’t have a permanent clothesline in your backyard, you can use a folding drying rack like I have.
Your clothes will smell fresher and you’ll feel better about leaving your dryer off.
2. Choose reusable over paper and disposable.
There are a ridiculous number of things that you may use that are disposable everyday that can EASILY be replaced with cloth or reusable products. Here are just a few that you should consider switching – Paper Plates, Paper Towels [UnPaper Towels are AH-mazing], Disposable Diaper and Wipes, Paper Napkins, Cleaning Cloths, Plastic Grocery Bags and much, much more!
3. Switch to a Smart Thermostat.
This action may take a little more thought and preparation, but it’s something that we’re definitely considering in our house. A Smart Thermostat will not only save on your heating and cooling bills, but have the ability to control your home’s tempature setting ANYWHERE – with a smart phone app!
If you’re a Texas resident, you get a fixed energy charge, up to three Honeywell Smart Thermostats at no extra charge, including the app for your smart phone, with the Direct Energy Meridian Savings Plan.
4. Switching to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs and Appliances.
Speaking of switching appliances, like the Smart Thermostat, another easy switch is light bulbs. A few years ago we made over our home by switching ALL of our light bulbs to HE bulbs.
It’s made an impact on our energy bills and guess what? I still haven’t had to buy a replacement light bulb for our home since!
It seems simple, but so many items can be repurposed… especially when you have kiddos! Take a look at 5 ways we re-used a disposable snack container.
6. Plant a Garden!
Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about ways you can live sustainably and more eco friendly and growing your own food is a fabulous way to do just that! Even if you don’t have a lot of space, it’s still possible to grow so many vegetables in containers. If you want to get started, check out my post 4 Steps to Planning an Organic Garden.
These aren’t new tips by no means. They’re super, simple things that you can change about your lifestyle right now – and really never miss a beat. That’s what I like when it comes to anything in my life – making things simple and easy and going green can be that too! There’s no need to over complicate things!