Simple Living Ideas
Simple living ideas that green up your life are more abundant than you may realize. I will be offering simple living ideas that offer easy ways to live a more green existence. Why would you want to do this?
Why not? Living a more simple lifestyle that saves money and is more healthy for you and the planet is a win, win for all.
Take a look at my suggestions. Adopt those that may work for you. Mix, match, alter, change them at will. If have missed any favorites that work for you please share them in the comments section. Enjoy 😉.
Green Home Simple Living Ideas
- Move It or Lose It
Walk as much as you can during your daily routine. Take the stairs often and ditch the car whenever possible.
- Go Paperless
Almost every business offers online account management and payment options. Some simple living ideas are a no-brainer but if your bank does not offer this service GET A NEW BANK because they are probably are lacking other important services.
- .More Efficient Light Bulbs
This technology is still evolving so use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They reduce energy usage by up to 75% as compared to traditional light bulbs.
- Your Food Waste
Look into ways to compost kitchen waste instead of throwing them into the regular trash. If you are not comfortable doing it indoors try doing it outdoors.
- Unsolicited Mails
Other simple living ideas no-brainer. We all hate junk mail and can only imagine a number of trees destroyed to produce it. Use CatalogChoice or the FTC’s OptOutPrescreen to reduce junk mail clutter.
- Down Size, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Restore
This is a living simple ideas tagline. Once you have adopted the decluttering mindset, remember to try and give away, donate and recycle any items that still can be used. Try to avoid throwing anything of value straight into the trash.
- Less Meat
Reduce the amount of meat you consume on a weekly basis. You would be surprised at the amount of energy that (31.5kWh) goes into producing a pound of beef.
- Your Tap Water
Drink tap water whenever possible. Use a portable water tester to test your tap water to ensure it is safe beforehand. Avoid bottled water if your tap water test safe. Overuse of bottled water generates a ton of plastic bottle waste and costs much more over time.
- Collect Rainwater
That is correct. You can collect rainwater and use it to water your houseplants and garden. You can even use it to wash things outside.
- Stop Charging Overnight
Stop charging your smartphones and tablets overnight! This waste energy for hours and hours unnecessarily. These devices usually only need a few hours to reach full charge and overnight is overkill.
- Avoid Oven Preheat
In most cases, oven preheating is not needed and is a waste of energy. You can use a microwave or better yet use a NuWave Oven to cook or if you need to reheat leftover food.
- Stop Toilet Leaks
Pour a little bit of food coloring into your toilet tank. If you see coloring in the bowl then you have a leaky toilet that is wasting water 24hrs a day. Replace the flapper or call a plumber to correct it.
- Food To Go
When ordering food for delivery or picking up food to go ask the restaurant not to add plastic utensils, napkins, and anything else you will not be using.
- Dry Clothing Outside
Try getting clothes to rack for drying clothes or run old fashion clothes drying lines outside or in the basement of your home. Air drying is less harsh on clothing. The dryer adds wear and tear to your clothing and leaves the evidence in the lint trap for you to clean.
- Grow Your Own
You grow Indoor plants and they act as natural air purifiers and help absorb harmful pollutants from the air. Why not plant a vegetable garden outside to do the same and help feed you and your family?
Green Office Simple Living Ideas
- Personal Mug
This is a simple living idea that most are using anyway but it still must be said. Stop using plastic cups after plastic cups at work. Bring your own mug and refill your favorite beverages at will without adding to the landfill.
Work-from-home for a few days per month to reduce the environmental effects of commuting to work every day. Of course, this is not an option for everyone but is a good option for those who can work it out.
- Lunch Time
It is not enough to just pack your lunch on a regular basis but you need to get a reusable container, instead of using paper bags, foils, and the like to reduce what goes to the landfill. Try making mason jar lunches to avoid waste.
- For You Meeting Notes
If you need to write notes during internal meetings at work consider using scrap paper for that purpose. Paper can be reused many times in the office. Just take a look around and be creative.
- File Sharing
Your office should have a secure intranet and should offer file sharing. If your office does not offer a reliable file sharing option to share office materials then consider using services like DropBox or Google Drive. This will reduce the need to print out these materials.
Green Outside Simple Living Ideas
Work to set up a carpooling program at work. Use incentives to encourage employees to join. Incentives should include free parking, prioritized parking space, and whatever that would be unique to your workplace.
Consider getting a laptop the next time purchase new office computers. Laptops consume much less energy than desktop computers, takes up less space, and are easier to maintain.
Bring your own reusable bag whenever you go grocery shopping. Try to embrace Zero Waste as much as you can. It is now becoming more popular for stores and supermarkets to no longer offer free plastic bags to customers and allows customers to bring their own reusable bags.
Why have junk in your car trunk? Extra weight in the trunk reduces your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. If you don’t need it, get rid of it and save gas.
For some reason, I don’t use cruise control and I should. Use cruise control, especially when driving on the highway. Cruise control helps increase fuel efficiency by keeping your vehicle moving at a constant speed and avoiding fuel robbing changes in speed.
Replacing your car’s air filters when clogged with dirt and dust will help your car’s performance, acceleration, and gas mileage. Check your car’s filters on a regular basis.