Last updated on January 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm
Doing your part to save the planet doesn’t mean you have to suffer. The team here at Plymouth Rock in New Jersey is taking strides to green up their lives on a daily basis. Follow these twelve quick ways to go green this spring and help keep mother nature smiling.
- Stop the Standby: These days everything we love gets plugged in. The TV, Laptop, Desktop (yes some people still love them), Smart Phone, DVD, Roku, Tablet, Home Theater System and countless other devices are all eating up the energy even when you are not using them. Manufacturers love Standby Mode but Mother Nature doesn’t. Unplug devices when you are not using them, or connect to a power strip with an on/off switch to end the “standby waste.” For battery operated devices like smartphones and tablets if they are full charged take them off the charger.
- Keep it Cold: Washing your clothes in cold water will not only help your clothes last longer, but it will help protect the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, wait until you have a full load to make more efficient use of your washer and dryer.
- The Dishwasher Wins: Even though it doesn’t seem like it washing your dishes by hand wastes water. Generally speaking you can save up to 20 gallons of water a day by waiting till your dishwasher is full. Plus if you let your dishes air dry instead of the heated setting you save on energy. Many new dishwashers don’t even require pre-rinse so you can save on time and water.
- Ditch the Bottle: Nothing about a plastic bottle is good for the planet. Yes, companies are using more and more recycled plastic but the recycling process itself uses up lots of energy and releases pollution and nearly 90% of all bottles still end up in landfills. Grab a stainless steel or reusable aluminum bottle and fill it from the tap. If you are worried about water taste or quality buy an environmentally friendly filter. You can save our planet from millions of bottles that end up in landfills.
- Pass it On: Out grown your dining room set? Is your child finished with his baby toys? Did you upgrade your couch to a sectional? Don’t throw them away! Take the items you have out grown and sell them at a consignment market or online. Don’t want the hassle of selling then donate them to those in need. The Veterans of America and local shelters are always in need of hand-me-downs. The same goes for clothes and appliances. There is always a better alternative than throwing it away.
- Go Vegan For A Day: Try practicing Meatless Monday. Raising cattle, chickens, pigs and other animals takes enormous resources and produces large amount of greenhouse gases. A family of four going vegan for a day has the same impact as driving a hybrid car according to Real Simple.com.
- Go Paperless: We all know that receiving our bills electronically and using online bill pay services are convenient but they also help conserve forests, cut down on waste, energy, and harmful emissions attributed to the paper industry. You can go even further by using less paper towels and napkins. Switch to cloth and help keep billions of pounds of paper napkins from our landfills.
- End Faucet Faux Pas: Most leaky faucets waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. Also stop any unnecessary running water, like while brushing your teeth. You can save another 5 gallons right there.
- Keep up on your Car: Routine car care is not only good for your auto it is good for the planet. The better your car runs the less emissions it generates. Don’t under estimate the power of a good tune-up to keep you motor humming and Mother Nature smiling.
- Keep it Cool: We know it is hard during the cold winter to not fiddle with the thermostat but a few degrees cooler can go a long way to save the planet and your bill. Instead keep a warm blanket or two on the couch or your favorite chair. Besides who doesn’t love an excuse to snuggle!
- Make it Rain: Well not literally although that surely would be amazing. Instead place a rain barrel underneath one of your down spouts. This water is perfect for use around the garden, lawn, flower pots etc. You will save on resources and your water bill.
- Be a Local: Plymouth Rock loves supporting local business in NJ. We hope you do to. Shopping at your local farmers market, independent store, and if you eat out staying close to home is a win for everyone. It keeps your community thriving, and saves on resources. Walking or biking to the store is even better, plus it is good for your health.
We hope that gets you started down the road to being green. If you have other tips, tricks, and ways to help folks go green give us a shout out on twitter @plymouthrock or leave a comment below.