This year for Earth Day, we’re looking at a few different ways that you can cut back. We’re not just talking about saving energy. Here are some ideas that will not only help to preserve the planet but also put a little money back in your pocket.
1. Stop The Running Water
You’d be surprised how much water is wasted daily on regular tasks. Even something as small as a leaky faucet can lose up to 20 gallons of water every day! So if you want to see a difference in your bill each month, fix the leaky faucet. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and scrubbing the dishes. You could even take it a step further, and turn off the water while soaping up and shampooing your hair in the shower.
In just those few minutes, you’ve already stopped gallons of water from going right down the drain. And there’s a good chance the water will still be warmed up by the time you turn it back on.
2. Recycling Also Includes Water
There are plenty of ways to reuse water from around the house. When you have unfinished bottles of water, or glasses of water don’t pour them down the drain. Instead, pour them all into a bucket. Once the bucket is filled, take it outside to water your plants or garden. If there are chemicals in the water, pour it down the toilet for one free flush.
3. Rain, Don’t Go Away
Now that you’ve stopped wasting water inside the house, it’s time to move on to the outside. There’s no need to sit around waiting for the next big thunderstorm to flood your lawn. Instead of letting all that water go to waste right on the ground, put containers under the gutters of your home to collect runoff.
If you put a screen or simple filter over the gutter pipe, you could also use the water for washing your car or your dog. This can make a huge difference for people living in areas with plenty of rain. Seattle, things just got a little brighter in your city!
4. Go Green at Work
Taking steps to make the world a better place happens outside of the home, too. Have you considered talking to your managers and coworkers about making some changes around the workplace? Try proposing a weeklong campaign for Earth Day. It could involve recycling challenges, electric savings plans, or even proposing to have eco-friendly faucets and light fixtures installed. Hey, they don’t have to be tree-huggers to get behind the idea of saving some money!
5. Don’t Toss Those Old Electronics
Most of us know electronic waste can be extremely harmful to the environment. However, very few solutions exist to dispose of these unwanted electronic devices. Fortunately, getting rid of your old electronics is much easier than you think – thanks to the Gone app. If you have old electronics that still work, you can make some serious cash by selling them to us. Gone makes selling and saving these items from the landfills super easy. You can receive packing materials and helpful instructions for sending your items off safely and quickly by using Gone Lite or GoneSMS.
Alternatively, if you live in Austin, Seattle, San Francisco or New York, you can go green by sending your items off with a Gone Concierge. We’ll come straight to your doorstep and take care of the entire process for you.