Living Earth friendly begins at home, and this year, there is no better time or place to practice conservation than at home – in honor of Earth Day, April 22.
1. Recycle. Have you noticed how the volume of garbage you are generating has increased as you have been staying home and cooking more? By recycling paper, plastic and glass, you can reduce your carbon footprint. You can also reduce the volume of garbage you generate by limiting your use of disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws. Instead, use reusable bottles for water, reusable mugs for coffee, and reusable bags when you shop. Check out this list of recycling tips from Republic Services
2. Use less paper. Break the habit of reaching for a paper towel and opt for a cloth towel instead. Read documents online instead printing them and change your monthly paper bills or statement to online notices. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel used for delivery.
3. Buy Local. Buying locally sourced food reduces the distance from farm to fork. Don’t forget, Downtown Summerlin drive-through Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 9 AM – 2 PM with drive-through pick-up of fresh veggies and fruit now available!
4. Save water. Start by taking a shorter shower, washing clothes only when necessary, and running your dishwasher only if it’s full. Conserve water outdoors by watering your plants in the early morning or late at night, and follow the guidelines from the Las Vegas Valley Water District for your neighborhood to water only on the days of the weeks that are suggested, and never on Sunday! Find your watering schedule here
5. Unplug. Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. Start in the kitchen with your toaster, can opener or coffee maker. Turn off your computer at night, and turn off the lights when you leave a room.
Reduce Your Footprint at Home Challenge: Try daylighting using natural light when possible, use task lighting instead of overhead lights and turn off lights when not in use.