Install low flow shower heads. This will save you money on both your energy and water bills as it will take less energy to heat the water in the hot water tank up as well as use less water. Cutting the time you are in the shower will also reduce water costs.
Look for solar panels or wind turbines the next time you are out and about. In some states you will see them by the side of the highway, powering up traffic signs or on a few homes here and there. Stop the car and have a good long look and start a conversation with your kids about solar power or wind energy. Talk about the future of these technologies. Encourage them to think about the possibilities!
Inspect thoroughly the coolant system for any signs of wear or leaks. Check carefully the hoses and connections around the coolant and engine. Take a clean soft cloth and wipe out the engine, brake and oil system, filler cap and coolant to make sure that there are no leaks. Look for damaged or loose wiring connections. If there are any, it is best to notify your mechanic. Make sure the heater hoses, radiator hoses, fuel lines, steering and brake pipes are firmly tight. If not, immediately ask your mechanic to replace them.
Unplug everything! Did you know that even when your television is turned off, it is still pulling power? Save energy by unplugging electronics when you aren’t using them, including mobile phone charger, computers, televisions, and radios.
Television sets left on and running for hours can put a big drain on your energy use as well. When not in the room, turn them off. Do not have a television running all night in your bedroom. How about reading a book instead of watching television?
Car chargers are simple devices that are designed to fit into your car efficiently. They are small in size, but are of immense help. In this hectic work schedule, you never know when your mobile phone may just loose the strength and need a charge up. For all such times, the car charger comes as a very useful device that can also make a great difference to your life.
Start an organic garden with your children. If the climate allows, grow some simple vegetables in your garden or on your patio. Discuss the process involved in getting food from the farm to the grocery store to your table and how that is bad for the environment. Also mention how local, organically grown food tastes better because it has been harvested at the perfect time. Caring for even the smallest garden will make most children glow with pride in their accomplishments.
Who do i need to contact in a crisis? Could I contact them? Be creative with your list. Employees, customers and suppliers are obvious but what about utility companies, emergency plumbers, bank and insurance companies. The list goes on.