April 22 is Earth Day! While I like to think that Earth Day is everyday, Earth Day is a wonderful day to start doing something green! It’s easy to say that going green is expensive. However, you will be amazed at how easy and fun it can be! Due to new regulations, I am obligated to let you know that as part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.
What Can you do to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to do your part in protecting the environment while saving money?
Reduce your energy use
- turn off lights when you leave a room. We rarely turn on the lights during the daytime hours until they are needed. Our household makes use of the natural lighting!
- Use the sunlight to help warm the home during colder months by opening blinds during the daytime. Then, at night close the blinds to help keep the warmth inside. In the summer, keep the blinds closed to help keep it from getting too warm inside making you have to adjust the thermostat to work harder.
- Adjust your thermostat for hours when you are away.
- Insulate! We live in a drafty rental so our first order of business was to seal up those drafty doors & windows. It’s amazing how much insulating helps to keep the house from getting too cold (or warm depending on the time of year)!
- Replace your lightbulbs with more energy efficient ones
We have been using GE energy efficient light bulbs to reduce costs for a while. What I love about them is that they provide just as much light, but provide an eco-friendly option that reduces our energy costs. Based on us replacing 31 of the old style light bulbs with an equivalent substitute, see what we save!
Keep your eyes out for the GE Lighting end-cap of CFL T2 3pk that will be on rollback through April at Walmart!
As much as I love CFLs we had been having a hard time finding the right kind to fit in our boys’ ceiling fan light due to the size of the dome. The middle GE light bulb pictured above is the kind we use in the majority of our light fixtures so we just left their light bare of the light dome. I haven’t been a huge fan of just an exposed light bulb, so I was so excited to see that GE Lighting now has a smaller spiral to fit more light fixtures ( see the difference in the picture above)!
- We love to use our solar oven (see instructions to make your own solar oven here) that we made out of a recycled pizza box that turns our broken crayons into fun creations for the boys to color with. The solar-made crayons are great to give away in birthday or holiday favor bags for an inexpensive, unique gift.
- Have empty totes lying around or found a good deal on one? Turn it into a easy to make compost bin!
Some compost bin tips:
- inexpensive for supplies if you do the diy version rather than spending more on a store-bought one. Bonus points for doing worm composting like us since it helps speed up the process.
- easy to get started (see instructions here)! The main rule to remember is never put dairy, meat, or oils in your compost bin.
- means you are putting out less waste each week. We usually put out less than one trash bag each week.
- Compost provides awesome (and free) fertilizer for your plants or garden
What will you do this year to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle?