June 5th was World Environment Day!
The WED initiative was started back in 1972 by the United Nations and has grown into an annual global event. The goal is to be the most widely celebrated day for positive environmental action. Hundreds of thousands of people from countries all around the world participate in World Environment Day! For more information: http://www.unep.org/wed.
So, what kinds of things do you do to "Go Green"? Did you know the some of the biggest sources of energy consumption come from your 'everyday' items around the house? Gaming systems (i.e. Wii, Playstation, XBox) constantly pull energy even when they are turned off. Anything that is a charger (i.e. phone chargers, camera chargers, battery chargers) are also big culprits.
Here are a few of the things I do to "Go Green":
- When not in use, all of the above items are unplugged
- Microwave, Coffee Maker, Coffee Grinder, Mixer, etc. electrical items are also unplugged when not in use. (Drives the hubby C r A z Y because the clocks on them are always flashing...)
- Computers, printers, faxes, scanners are unplugged when not in use. (So are the sewing machines, longarms, embroidery machine.)
- I even sneak and turn off all of the cable boxes and televisions at the outlet during the day...not like I get time to watch them! :)
- Our clothes are hung on a clothesline to dry, when possible, rather than using the dryer.
- Batting scraps are recycled for use with the swiffer, dusting, or buffing the cars.
- No aerosol cans here. I even make my own liquid starch!
- Recycled items are taken to the recycling center once a month. We used to recycle with our waste company, but we caught them just heaving them into the back of the truck with the rest of the trash!
- We try to do as much as possible paperless. We do online billpay (making sure to change our passwords on the first of the month). We call junk magazines and flyers and take our names off the mailing list. We have as many bills as possible come via e-mail.
- We are growing our own vegetable garden and will can (or "put up" as we say in WV) our vegetables.
- We collect water from the downspouts to water outdoor plants.