Being green at home

April 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Find out how saving the Earth begins at home and can be cost effective for your entire family. Terra Wellington, author of "The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home," shares her tips.


1. Reduce Bottled Water Waste Approximately 38 billion water bottles are sent to landfills each year.

Filter For Good campaign from Brita & Nalgene aims to reduce bottled water waste - and by using a water pitcher for filtered water, with a reusable water bottle, you are replacing 300 bottled water bottles a day.

2. Reduce Energy/Water Costs Around Home Install low-flow fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms.

By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can reduce your bathroom water consumption by 40%, save up to one gallon of water a minute, and save up to $90 annually.

A great example of this is Waterpik's EcoFlow showerhead.

3. Household Chores Doing laundry is a great example of how you can change what you buy in order to go green.

Read the label and look for greener choices. For instance, Arm& Hammer's Liquid Laundry detergent contains no dyes, no phosphates - which is important to not pollute our waterways. It has non-toxic baking soda and biodegradable plant-based soaps.

4. Greener & Safer Transportation One school bus takes 36 cars off the road, saving not only harmful emissions but also saving parents almost $3.00 per day by not having to drive. And school buses are 8 times safer than driving your child.

IC Bus is hosting a contest for "America's Greenest School" at , which is asking for children's essays on their schools going green. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and his or her school wins a hybrid school bus worth $200,000.

5. Sort your trash

Nearly zero-cost way to go green - there are six ways to sort your trash so that you almost bring your landfill waste to zero.

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