1 Recycle. Springfield has curbside pickup.
Washington County has bins for drop-off at all
schools. Questions? Recycling Center: 336 7700
2 Use energy efficient light bulbs. Compact
fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) cut CO2 and your
electric bill by 75%. They also last 5 – 7 years.
Place them in the lights you use most often.
Available at local hardware stores for a few
3 Stop buying bottled water. Not only is bottled
water more expensive than gasoline, it is no
healthier than tap water -- and ends up
producing hundreds of millions of plastic bottles
every year that are not recycled. Filter pitchers
are a fine alternative and much cheaper.
4 Bring tote bags for groceries. Many communities in the US are banning plastic grocery bags because of the damage they create to the environment. Get ahead of the curve and save money by bringing your cloth bags with you to the grocery.
5 Reduce kitchen paper products. Most homes
could save several trees and $300-$500 a year
by cutting the paper napkin, paper towel,
paper plate and cup habit. Cloth napkins, knit
dishcloths, real plates and cups can be reused
indefinitely – and are more elegant too.
6 Cook healthy meals and eat them together at least twice a week. Too much fast food, junk
food, and frozen meals are costing families a
fortune and creating major health problems in
Kentucky. Teach your children the art of
cooking simple healthy meals that taste better
and improve both health and budget. Find
ways to strengthen family ties by sharing meals
at the table as often as possible. Eating
together brings a family closer!
7 Shop locally for food and other necessities.
Most food in supermarkets has been
transported about 2,000 miles from farm to
table, wasting fuel, increasing climate change,
and causing produce to be less fresh and tasty.
We are blessed that locally grown meats,
poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers are
easily available here through much of the year.
Support local farmers and merchants so they
can continue to support you. Buy locally
whenever you can.
8 Grow some of your own food. There’s no
greater thrill for kids of any age than
participating in the mystery of seeds, soil, water,
and sun transforming into delicious healthy food.
If you don’t have a backyard or container
garden yet, your family is missing a lot. Start
small and expand gradually. Soon you’ll be
freezing and canning your own treasures for
delicious meals in the cold of winter.
9 Compost food and plant waste. Uncooked
food and yard waste (fruit peels, veggie peels
and stalks, salads, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg
shells, grass clippings, dead leaves) contain rich
nutrients that can be reused as fertilizer for next
year’s garden instead of wasting them in
expensive landfill space or discharging them via
garbage disposals into the water supply.
Google backyard composting for more info.
10 Use natural cleaning products. You’ll be
amazed how well simple natural products such
as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can
clean many surfaces in your home – without any
of the dangerous toxins in expensive commercial
household cleaning products. Google natural
home cleaning products.
11 Limit lawn fertilizers and weed killers. Chemical
lawn fertilizers and herbicides create havoc
when rain washes them into the streams that
feed our water supply. Join the trend toward
ecologically friendly yard care by finding
alternatives to deadly toxins. Google natural lawn
12 Plant native plants and trees. Plants and trees
that started out in our region long ago will usually
do better than landscaping materials imported
from other regions. Native plants and
trees respond better to our climate, need less
water and fertilizer, and are usually hardier too.
Google Kentucky native plants and trees.
13 Put rain barrels under your drain pipes to
conserve water and reduce storm water damage.
Water and sewer bills are climbing higher. Heavy
rains wash soil and toxins into our water supply.
Rainwater preserved in barrels is a free way of
supplementing watering for flowers and
vegetables in your yard. Google to learn how to
recycle industrial or distillery barrels into an
attractive green alternative for water protection.
14 Unplug electric appliances when not in use.
Experts say that 10% of your electric bill is wasted
by appliances like TVs, computers, microwaves,
coffee pots when they are not even on. An easy
way to save electric energy is to plug these
appliances into electric power strips and turn that
power strip off when you’re not using them.
15 Reduce heat and air conditioning. Simply
reducing winter heat or raising summer air
temperature in your home by 2 degrees can save
10% on your energy bill and help reduce the
global climate change caused by wasting energy
generated by fossil fuels. A programmable
thermostat can be a great investment too.
16 Give your car a sabbath. Creative families are
cutting pollution and saving money by choosing a
day each week when they don’t drive their cars.
This practice can carve out precious family time
for fun, chores, conversations, physically healthy
activities, and more.
17. You name it! Choose another green practice
your family will do in your home and tell us about
it. Maybe we’ll be able to pass your idea on to