Here are some ways you can teach your children what it means to be eco-friendly or “green”:
Plant a garden
Nothing helps the environment more than planting a garden, or better yet, plant a tree!
Turn off the water
When brushing your teeth or washing your hands, turn off the water until you need it.
Turn off the TV/Computer
The TV and computer are the biggest energy drains for your home. So instead of watching TV or playing on the computer, go outside and take a walk or plant your garden - give the TV/computer a rest.
Turn off the AC and open windows
Springtime is the perfect time to open the windows and let in some fresh air. This will give the AC a rest and save some energy!
Line-dry your Clothes
This is another way to save energy in your home. Simply turn off the dryer and hang your clothes outside to dry
Spring clean the natural way
When cleaning countertops and hardwood floors you can use a homemade natural cleaner. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. This natural mixture will even clean windows.
Update your appliances
Changing to energy efficient appliances can make a big difference on your electric bill. And if you change to a programmable thermostat, you can save money by turning the AC up and down when not in use.
Switch to fluorescent light bulbs
These light bulbs will last longer and save energy!
Buy inexpensive reusable water bottles
Stop using plastic disposable bottles and buy a water bottle that is BPA free and can be used over and over again.
Stop using disposable bags
Instead of using disposable grocery bags, you should always ask for paper. Paper can be recycled. Better yet, use reusable bags that you can keep in your car.
There are also many grocery and retail stores offering incentives for using your own bags —
Target offers a five-cent discount when you use your own bag.
Whole Foods has a rebate program that takes up to ten cents off each bill when you use your own bags.
Kroger will also give you fuel rewards or money off your bill every time you use your own bag.
Wal-Mart will take your plastic bags and recycle them and sell you a reusable bag for only 50 cents.
Check your favorite stores and ask them for incentives to using reusable bags.
Even making one of these changes this spring will make a difference and you will feel good about helping the environment.