Using filtered water pitchers like Brita or Pur is a great way to cut down on the plastic water bottle disposal issue world wide. Most families will store the pitcher in the refrigerator for that cold drink of water.
We’ve asked six eco-experts to share their favorite tips for going green at home. There’s no better time to bring eco-awareness into everyday living!
Top Tip: Skip preheating the oven.
Expert: Taryn Holowka, a LEED accredited professional and director of marketing and communications at the U.S. Green Building Council
“I simply turn on the oven and put the food right in,” says Holowka. “And then about 10 minutes before the food is ready, I turn the oven off and leave the food in there. The oven keeps the heat in really well, and turning it off early won’t affect what you’re cooking. This simple trick saves a lot of energy.”
Everyday Chores Get Greener
Ready to make some eco-friendly changes, but not sure where to begin? Start with the things you do each day: chores!
Yes, even small shifts in your daily cleaning routines can have positive effects on the planet — no extra elbow grease required. “People have a sense that with green cleaning there is more scrubbing, or it is more expensive, or it doesn’t work. These are all myths,” says green-cleaning expert Annie B. Bond, author of Clean and Green and Better Basics for the Home.
Add these simple tips to your daily chore toolbox and you’ll be a green, clean, dirt-fighting machine in no time: “Going green takes some time to figure out, but once you get it, you’re set for life,” says Bond.