I saw this list while reading a magazine recently. While it’s based on statistics from the US, I felt I could learn from it too. Here in Australia, we have already taken some of these on board and are well on our way to make them an established item on our agenda, but others, I was surprised. Read on the see if some confirm your habits and where others might stagger you.
Use soft-white compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), not traditional incandescent.
BECAUSE: If every American household replaced one standard globe with a CFL, we could save enough energy to power 3 million homes a year.
Return wire hangers to the dry cleaner.
BECAUSE: More than 3.5 billion hangers reach landfills each year, amounting to 200 million tons of steel that could be put to new use.
Tighten your gas cap until it clicks three times.
BECAUSE: Each year in the United States, 147 million gallons (63 Million litres) of gasoline literally evaporate into the atmosphere because of loose, damaged, or missing caps.
BECAUSE: Paraffin emits 11 toxins; soy doesn't.
Keep your freezer's temperature at 0 degrees F(-17C) and your refrigerator between 35 -38 degrees (1.5 C - 3.4 C)
BECAUSE: Adjusting a too-cold freezer by five degrees can cut its energy use by 20 percent
Eat meat-free once a week.
BECAUSE: Producing a half a kilo of beef consumes 145 times more fossil fuels than a pound of potatoes.
Leave bar soap by the sink.
BECAUSE: Most liquid soap comes in non-renewable plastic packaging. Substituting one bottle with a bar in each U.S. home would keep 2.5 million pounds of plastic out of landfills.
Have a peek at these ethically made tribes and nations soap
Wear organic cotton clothes.
BECAUSE: Organic cotton's low-impact production methods — which employ fewer pesticides — generate less than a fifth as much greenhouse gas as standard cotton.
Register to get your name off junk-mail lists.
BECAUSE: Printing junk mail wastes 100 million trees a year. Cancelling can reduce your intake by 35 pounds (17.5 kilos) a year.
Put cloth napkins on the table.
BECAUSE: Eliminating disposable napkins would keep 500,000 tons of paper-based trash out of landfills each year.
Plug your devices into power boards, and turn off the boards when you're not using them.
BECAUSE: Some plugged-in appliances and boards use electricity even when they're turned off. But one 6-outlet strip, when shut down, uses 87 percent less energy than devices left in six individual outlets.
Place potted plants (like Boston ferns, peace lilies, or English ivy) on windowsills and tables.
BECAUSE: Fifteen plants can absorb most of the average home's airborne toxins within 24 hours.
(I am thoroughly enjoying doing this in our home)
Switch your computer display to go to sleep mode after five minutes of inactivity.
BECAUSE: Sleep mode consumes 90 percent less energy than an animated screen saver — which requires as much energy as normal use.
Stow a reusable bag in your car for errands.
BECAUSE: If every American stuck with cloth totes, we'd waste 380 billion fewer plastic bags this year.
Have your car's air filters cleaned and tyres inflated.
BECAUSE: A yearly tune-up can improve your car's efficiency by 15 percent and keep more than one ton of carbon dioxide out of the air.
Consolidate your errands into fewer trips.
BECAUSE: Economizing your tasks into just one or two runs each week can conserve as much as 208 litres of petrol over the course of a year.
Interesting to say the very least. We almost never do any drycleaning, but I am still amazed at how many wire hangers I have in our wardrobe. How do I recycle them or get rid of them..? I did a bit of research, and it seems some Australian states might accept them in the recycling bin...but you would need to make sure of this as they could make a mess of some recycling machines :(
The alternative ideas might seem better..
Where understanding the culture of Danish living, which seems to fit in with a biblical way of doing life. Being thankful, conscious of how we live, loving our neighbour near and far, seeking quietness to spend time with God and seeking a good work-life balance.
Home is where we form our principles, values and guidelines for life; building strong, good foundations on vintage truth is a good start.