This post and video with ways to go green in 2014 are sponsored by Tetra Pak.
Everyone’s making New Year’s resolutions to go green in 2014. It might seem overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be! Take baby steps – make small changes – and you’ll be going green in no time. Follow these 6 tips to get started!
1. Start using reusable bags — even if you just make one trip to the grocery store each week, the number of plastic bags you use adds up fast! No need to spend a fortune replacing them, though, just pick up a reusable bag or two each trip. I’ve found some for as little as $.25 a piece!
2. Waste less and become Carton Smart with Tetra Pak! If you haven’t started using cartons yet, now’s the time. Cartons have a longer shelf life than cans, and they stack together easily in your pantry. Cartons are resealable, so you serve your family at dinner time and then use them again later – you can’t do that with cans!
3. Hang your clothes out to dry. Weather permitting, hang your clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer. This will save a ton on your electricity bill, too!
4. Change your lightbulbs. If everyone in the US replaced just one regular lightbulb with a newer, compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equal to removing one million cars from the road.
5. Use cloth diapers! By the time you potty train your child, you will have changed upwards of 6,000 diapers – adding tons of waste to landfills each year.
6. Adjust your thermostat. Even if you just move your thermostat one or two degrees higher in the summer, and one or two lower in the winter, you’ll save more than 10% on your energy use (and bill!) each month. Investing in a programmable thermostat isn’t a bad idea, either.