With so many people wanting to be more environmentally conscious, we thought we’d share a few tips on living a bit greener at home:
1) In Long Beach, where the City Council recently voted to do away with plastic bags at retail establishments, and in other areas as well, plastic bags are going the way of the dinosaur. Simply take reusable bags with you when you shop. Many retailers sell their own reusable bags at the checkout counter. Trader Joe’s has some good, sturdy and inexpensive ones. These work well for farmer’s market, too! Always keep a few bags in your car for spur-of-the-moment shopping trips.
2) Limit heating and air conditioning costs by closing vents and doors to rooms you’re not using. You may also consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which can make a dent in your energy bill. They’re inexpensive and easy to install.
3) If you don’t already have one, purchase and install a low-flow showerhead, which will help conserve water and energy.
4) When it’s time to paint, look for products with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) or no VOC. This custs down on toxins being released into the air.
5) When you remodel or redocorate, try to find green furniture or products, manufactured from recycled, reclaimed, or sustainable producsts. Local resale shops, including those on Long Beach’s 4th Street Retro Row, have some good selections. Also consider checking out the Antique Flea Market at Veteran’s Stadium.