Use the car less
If your children(s) school is close enough or if you are in the mood for a little outing to the park close by, try limiting your car usage and instead, favour the bus, the metro, a bike, or even car-pooling, etc. Biking keeps you in shape, and you save on gas and energy, all while diminishing your environmental impact!
Use less paper
Newspapers and magazines all have online versions these days. It’s convenient for travel and avoids filling up the recycling bin with useless paper. You can also buy your novels online and read them on a tablet or even on your cell phone. Also, remember to receive your bills online and make as many payments as possible via Internet.
Have a good collection of reusable bags of different sizes. Supermarkets now charge a fee for plastic bags, so you save by repeatedly using your reusable bags and having a positive impact on the environment. The larger bags will be perfect for a great day of shopping.
There are more and more natural, eco-friendly and biodegradable products on the market for all household chores and these products are not necessarily more expensive! It's worth the try! To be even greener, it eliminates several products by manufacturing your own cleaning products.
We can not do without appliances, but we can reduce our energy consumption by renewing our appliances with Energy Star energy-efficient models. According to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, energy-efficient appliances consume up to 50% less energy than older models!
Fridge and freezer
Did you know that you only need 3 millimeters of frost in your fridge or freezer so that energy consumption increases by 30%? To remove frost, clean the refrigerator walls with water mixed with lemon juice once every three months.
Give a second life to your clothing, toys, etc
Do not throw away old toys and baby clothes. Give them to an organization that can give them a second life while making some money. Some companies also collect some end-of-life items, keep your eyes peeled! Also, thrift stores offer excellent opportunities to make great finds at a low price!
When it comes to grocery shopping, promote local produce and seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic, not imported. By buying locally, you eliminate the energy spent on transportation and reduce the environmental impact of food transportation. In addition, try to reduce food waste. In the summer, introduce children to the pleasures of gardening by creating your own organic vegetable garden!
It should be self-evident, but there are still a lot of families who do little or no recycling. Make sure you have a large recycling bin on hand to remind each family member to recycle. Once created, everyone will contribute directly to improving your ecological footprint!
Close lights and appliances
Teach children at a young age to turn off lights before leaving a room and to shut down devices such as televisions or game consoles when they are no longer using them.