Guest Post: 8 Easy Steps to Save Money, Help the Environment and Our Community

8 Easy Steps to Save
Money, Help the Environment and Our Community

Being green is a big buzzword these days. Everyone has heard
of being eco-friendly and helping to reduce the environmental footprint, but
many don’t know what they can do, or think their one contribution won’t make
much of a dent.
At home, you can help protect the environment in so many ways. Every small step helps our community to become cleaner and helps make an
impact on the environment. 
Everyone can do their part by practicing the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
We can all make some changes in our home that are easy and
save us money! Here are some tips that are easy to do:
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    Reuse and recycle what you already have! You can
    save tons of money on storage containers by reusing glass and plastic food
    containers when they are empty.
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    Participate in recycling programs, such as
    recycling cans, plastic, glass and paper products.
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    Use bio-degradable trash bags that are made of
    corn and dissolve over time, adding less plastic to our landfills.
  • ·     
    Save water and energy by avoiding using
    permanent press cycle when doing laundry, which uses an added 5 gallons for the
    extra rinse. Wash laundry in cold water, since 80-90% of the machines energy is
    used to heat the water. I promise your clothes will be clean!
  • ·     
    Avoid washing your car in your driveway.  Who has the time anyhow! Few people realize
    that washing our cars in our driveways is one of the most environmentally
    unfriendly things we can do. The average home driveway car wash uses 140
    gallons of water, whereas an environmentally friendly car wash uses just 30
    gallons and recycles water in a controlled water management system. And the
    soap chemicals run off your car and go straight into our storm drains which eventually
    get into our river, streams, creeks and bays where it poisons aquatic life and
    wreaks other ecosystem havoc.
  • ·     
    Use non-toxic cleaners in your home. There are
    many natural cleaners on the market these days that you can buy.
  • ·     
    You can also make great environmentally safe
    cleaners out of regular household items. The acid in white vinegar makes it
    naturally capable of killing mold and bacteria, and you can use it to clean
    mirrors and windows. Baking soda is great for deodorizing, especially with all
    that sports equipment from your kids. 
    Lemon juice is another bacteria killer and is a multi-purpose cleaner
    that’s useful for scrubbing walls and floors.
  • ·     
    Turn off Lights: I know this sounds incredibly
    easy and almost silly, but turning off the lights when you are not using them,
    as well as putting your computers, TV’s, etc on a power strip and turning them
    off nightly, saves tons of money and energy. 
    Electronics use a huge amount of energy, so turning them off helps
    reduce our energy consumption.

Not only will this help reduce the environmental footprint, but
can also rid your home of the toxins that can cause major health problems from
continuous exposure or even small amounts of exposure over time.
You can also help teach your children about being good to
our earth by making small changes in your home which are easy, more economical,
and SMART!

This post is brought
to you by Suzanne Behrens, owner of The Smart Car Wash in Woodbridge.  Suzanne is a mother of 3, local business
owner, and someone who cares about keeping our community clean.  You can reach her at sbehrens@thesmartcarwash.com .