My Going Green Ideas

I was notified by Ai Lian through her VALUEBOOKSHOP newsletter about the contest of winning a book GROWING UP GREEN: Baby and Child Care by Deirdre Imus. One of the criteria is to write about this topic in my blog.

After doing some studies, I wanted to post something up here on my site about trying to be a little greener. Many of you have kids and you worry about what they eat, what they learn at school, that they’re not singing London Bridge with a plastic bag on their head. But… the truth is, we should all be worried about whether or not the kids will be able to survive in 30 or 40 years.
Needless to say, it is true that individually we don’t make much of a difference. Sure, if millions of us all do our part… we will make a dent. But we need government intervention to really solve our climate crisis. Because I know that change is hard, I’ll start with some really easy things you can do to help your planet. However - - I do want to say this…, I’m not expert. This is just to help give a kick in the pants. If you can, do some more research on the Internet. Again — some friendly advice, in blog form, and it is just a sampling. I know that some people can feel overwhelmed by all the information. All these “Green Ideas” don’t mean you need to live off the land, grow your own veggies, sell your car and ride your bike. Just do what you can:

  1. Turn off the lights in a room when we leave — if we’re going to be gone for more than 30 seconds. Put timers on lights if we sometimes forget to turn them on at night.

  2. Bump up the A/C a few degree. And use ceiling fans whenever and wherever we can - they distribute air more efficiently.

  3. Don’t leave the water running while we brush the teeth.

  4. When we go grocery shopping, take along a canvas bag or permanent carrying bag instead of using their bags. Or, save the paper bags and take them back to the store with us to have them refilled.

  5. Speaking of shopping — try to buy local foods when possible. Food that has to travel a long distance is so not green. If we don’t have a lot of local stuff or we’re not sure, we try to buy from a local Farmers Market.

  6. Go with rechargeable batteries if we can. All those AA batteries have to go somewhere when we toss them out after they last 20 seconds in our kid’s remote control car…

  7. Keep the fridge and freezer closed as much as possible - do quick open-and-closes, keep little ones from opening them up with one of those child safety locks.

  8. Don’t use the dryer, if we can help it. Dryers use a lot of energy and if we can air-dry the clothes, we’ll save on the electric bill and help the planet.

  9. Close the curtains - heat and cool air loss from older windows can be substantial. Also, the sun beating in the windows will warm the house and cause the a/c to come on and work harder.

  10. Carpool. If we must use the car, share the ride.

  11. Cut back on meat consumption. If we cut back on meat, we can help to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. This act alone can save a boatload of money in future medical costs.

  12. Wash clothes only when we have a full load. Two socks or a full load require the same amount of energy to wash. We'll save money on the water bill when we wash clothes less often.

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