Be Kind to Mother Earth [and Your Wallet Too!]

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // April 22 // 2 Comments

home made laundry soap

 

Changing some cleansers, using fewer utilities, and smarter shopping can help reduce your footprint on the planet and it sure will save you money too!

Gas prices are high, electric bills are high, heating bills are high, food costs are high…etc…etc..etc…

Earth Day comes once a year but you can celebrate it 365 days a year…and while celebrating the Earth – you can save enough money to buy yourself something nice [and useful of course ]

Here are some things I do that you might consider for your home. And I've even gotten some friends to also reduce their electric consumptions when they found out how low my bill is compared to theirs. [Comparing utility usage is a neighborly thing to do.]

Wash and rinse clothes in cold water – I can't remember the last time I washed with warm or hot water – and yes my clothes are very clean.

Make you own laundry detergent. Use the ingredients in the photo – Borax, Fels Naptha and Washing Soda. It's easy to make, it's fun to make and it washes better than store-bought stuff. [Even in my very cold winter water.]

Use vinegar as an all purposes cleanser. I wash my floors with vinegar – and – nope – there is no odor.

Hang clothes out to dry or hang them inside as often as you are able to do so. Sun dried clothing has a great fresh smell – and it sure beats the one from machine additives.

Unplug most of your small kitchen appliances when not using – do you really need all those reminders of what time it is?

Unplug the TV set. That instant on means it's always on – even when it's off.

Run your dishwasher only when it is full. You can make your own dishwasher detergent but I've had problems with it not getting glasses clean.

Do as many errands as you can in one car trip and plan out your route.

Better – start carpooling with pals for those shopping excursions.

And even though I've added light bulbs – please turn yours off when you leave a room [unless of course someone else is in that room

Turn down the thermostat and add a layer of clothing.

All the above will save you on your utility bills too!

Put the green back on the planet and in your wallet.

How do YOU save the planet and save money??

Thank you for your comments……

About the Author Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

Hi there. I call myself "a woman of a certain age" who is still very engaged with the world; as we all should be - at any age! I create courses and books that help people keep on learning, living, and having fun. I believe that you are in charge of your life - not me or anyone else. What I do is offer information so that you can make intelligent choices for you!

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