Fourth post in the series: – 99 Practical Ways to Save the Planet.
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So how do we help to save the planet and our environment! – Continued
Put your children in charge of some of the energy saving and green tasks around the home – such as checking that lights and appliances are switched off, looking after the composting or feeding the birds – and reward them for doing well.
"Find something children enjoy and these habits are likely to last a lifetime."
Energy Smart Schoools
Ask the staff at your childs school to match your green efforts at home by cutting back on energy waste on campus. Some energy saving and environmental tips include; set up a community garden, vegetable patch for the children at school, turn off lights in classrooms when not in use, get rid of vending machines stocked with sugar rich canned drinks and overpackaged snacks.
Get the children and teachers involved in energy saving projects which the school as a whole can take part in.
Minimize your energy dependence on energy-hungry air conditioning by tackling heat the natural way. For example; shade sunny windows with curtains or blinds, and place trees and climbing plants outside. Open windows at night to allow cross-ventilation, install a large fan in the attic, and run it in the evening only.
Eat Before You Shop
It’s frightening how much food the average household throws away. Studies show that we buy more food if we shop when hungry. So eat a hearty meal, and prepare a concise shopping list before frequenting the shops. Help reduce this gluttoneous and frivolous act of food waste by simply avoiding impulse shopping on an empty stomach.
Dishwashers are Go
Running a dishwasher can actually have less impact on the environment than doing dishes by hand if you choose a water and energy-efficient model and put it on only when there’s a full load, using a low-temperature setting and eco-friendly dishwasher powder or tablets. Also with a dishwasher, there is no need to pre-rinse items. To maintain an energy saving and environmentally friendly dishwasher ensure that the filter is regularly maintained to avoid any build up of limescale.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any suggestions or practical tips on how to save our planet?
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