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8 Simple Ways To Conserve Resources to Celebrate Earth Day

Do you remember in school when we would celebrate Earth Day? I remember cleaning up our schoolyard and even the nearest park. Assemblies would be had, and we would learn about our precious planet.A solitary resource that we have pretty much been treating like a garbage can. Littering, pollution, deforestation, and materialism have created the backbones of our very own destruction. To the point where predictions have been nearly set in stone that our oceans will be completely void of life by 2048. So for Earth Day, let’s find new ways to reuse, conserve, and treat our only home better. That’s why I’ve come up with 8 Simple Ways To Conserve Resources to Celebrate Earth Day. They might be obvious, but hopefully, you will see some new ideas to put to good use in your surroundings.

8 Simple Ways To Conserve Resources

8 Simple Ways To Conserve Resources

 

Turn off the Lights

It’s so easy to walk into the room, turn the lights on and leave them on. Even when you leave. Especially at night. There are certain comforts and security we get from being in the light. However, not only does this hike our Electricity bills, but it forces a nonrenewable resource to pump more and more. Did you know that the simple act of turning a light on costs/uses the most energy? Just that simple act of flipping a switch or pressing a button to turn something on costs the most. So why constantly leave the lights on when you don’t need them. Turn the lights off when you leave a room. It’s amazing how easily most healthy eyes adjust to the darkness.

Recycle

I did say some of these would be obvious, but a lot of people don’t really know WHAT can actually be recycled in their area. Your local municipality or city website should have a section on it that not only shows you WHEN pickup occurs but also WHAT they accept. Some will accept certain recyclables that others don’t, it depends if they can find a market or a company that is willing to recycle them for their project. This can also change over time as well. Sometimes, something that was once accepted, is no longer accepted because there is no market anymore. Or it can even be the opposite way around, something that wasn’t accepted is now accepted because they found a market to recycle the item. The biggest part of recycling though is to always make sure the things you are putting in the bin are thoroughly washed. There is now washing machine in the plants, and if they are terribly dirty or not up to their standards. They will just throw it away. This defeats the entire purpose. Here’s an amazing example out of a small community in Japan. We should all strive to one day be like this town.

NEVER Throw Out Leftovers/Food

Wasting food in a land of plenty should be a criminal offense. I’m just being honest here. Think about it, even if you don’t take into consideration, the fact that there are people starving all over the world (even in our own backyards). ” Food waste in America amounts to $162 billion and between 31% to 40% of American food supply goes to waste, primarily in homes, stores, and restaurants, according to a new study.”

Now when you think of the amount of food waste each home, store, and restaurant accumulates, it’s honestly sad. In your own home, you can make sure to lessen your food waste by a few simple changes.

Here’s How:
  1. Don’t throw out leftovers, if there is very little left, you can easily use most meals in another meal/snack later on in the day or week. You can create new dishes out of yesterdays side dish.There are honestly so many ways you can reuse leftovers, that throwing it out is honestly stupid.
  2. Buy only what you need for the week. Meal plan (here’s a link to a recent post I did on meal planning) and decide on your grocery day. Then buy only what you need for that week. This allows you to get through what you have before wasting your money on something at the store, and inevitable throwing something in the trash because it’s not FRESH anymore.
  3. Have a leftovers night. If you go Monday to Saturday making meals. There is bound to be a few meal options waiting in the fridge. Have one or two night a week where everyone chooses what they want to eat and just heat it, and eat it!

8 way to reduce household waste to celebrate Earth Day every day

Compost

Don’t just throw your produce and everything willy-nilly in the trash bin. COMPOST, it’s super easy to do. Any organic plant materials just put them in a bag and when it’s full you can either get a composter yourself, find someone in your local area who composts and would take your produce, or your local municipality/city might actually have green bins for you to put your compost in. No matter what your situation, there is no excuse for throwing organic materials away instead of composting them. BONUS: You don’t have to take the trash out as often, because plant matter, tend to fill the majority of our trash bins anyhow. What can you compost? Pretty much anything organic and plant matter. So, produce (fruits and veg), coffee grounds, tea etc.

Stop Buying Brand New

Did you know that every time you buy something new from the store, that store then sends a notice back to the manufacturer that basically tells them MAKE MORE. Meanwhile, a similar or same item is up for sale on a local buy and sell group, or in your local thrift shop in perfectly good condition. If we look at these groups, sites, and stores FIRST, and then buy new when we absolutely have too. We will be sending a big message to manufacturers to cut down on manufacturing needlessly. Which will also decrease the pollution going into the air from these places as well. It’s pretty much a win-win.

Use Your Local Library

Libraries are not dead, they are not going extinct. Actually, they are far from it. How many times do you think you are going to read a book? Most people only read a book once. Then if you purchase it, it will sit around your home on a table or shelf for months or years collecting dust and having no use whatsoever. So what I like to do when I am interested in a book, is to go to the library and check it out. If they don’t have it in that particular library, they can usually request it from another supporting library. If it’s a brand new book out on the market, they can put a purchase request in to buy it. This way they are purchasing it for many people and it will be used for many years. It’s a bonus too, you don’t have that extra clutter

Save Water

We all know we should, but who is actually paying attention to how long they are in the shower? I mean, I don’t know about you. But that is ME TIME. Which is why we need to find another form of “me time”. There are so many ways to cut down on water consumption.

Here are a few:

  1. Cut down on shower time. Figure out what you actually have to do in the shower and then just.do.that. Easy peasy. It’s so easy to lose track of time. So if you are like me, then set a timer on your phone. When you hear it go off. You have 5 mins to finish what you are doing and TURN THAT WATER OFF.
  2. Place a filled 2-liter bottle of water in your toilet tank. This will make your toilet use less water to do its job.

Plant Plants;

This is pretty common. Indoor plants are getting super popular, and there is a reason for it. They have been scientifically proven to improve our moods, as well as the air in our home (which is a bonus in the winter when we can’t open our windows. You can also plant plants on whatever outdoor surfaces you have as well. Flowers are great for the bee population (which is in a steady decline thanks to the pesticide and honey manufacturing industries), and you can easily plant produce and herbs as well to help lower your grocery bill a bit.

These are all incredibly easy ways to stop waste and start caring for the only planet we can inhabit. I would love to hear from you. What are you doing to curb waste in your home, work or other places? Let me know in the comments below. For the TL:DR video version click HERE.

8 way to reduce household waste to celebrate Earth Day every day
8 way to reduce household waste to celebrate Earth Day every day

11 Money Saving Vacation Tips – Planning and During Your Vacation

So my husband and I just got back from our yearly road trip this past weekend. It got me to thinking about all the ways we save money every year and all the ways we COULD have saved money. You know I share (or at least try to share EVERYTHING with you). So here are my tips for before and during your vacation getaway. Although I know the summer is nearly over, I also know there are many who take this “off-season” to do their vacationing. Yet another way to save if you have the option. So here are 11 money-saving vacation tips for you!

11 Money Saving Vacation Tips

11 Money Saving Vacation Tips

Pre Planning Your Vacation

Plan your trip ahead of time. There are many airlines, hotels and rental companies that reward pre-planned trips. There are also many that have the option for you to be compensated if prices go down. Either way, this is a financial win-win. Let’s face it, vacations can be VERY expensive. So take advantage as much as possible!

Research the location and surrounding areas you are heading to. A great way to do this is checking out blogs and youtube channels from people who have already traveled there. Don’t leave out questioning any friends and family that may have gone to the same location. The more personal opinions and knowledge you get, the better.

It’s nice to pre-plan some activities, but leave some wiggle room open. You never know if someone will recommend an activity that you haven’t seen yet. Then make sure to schedule your activities on your smartphone with reminders and addresses so that you can make it them on time!

If you are driving a long distance, using your own car. Make sure you have had a maintenance check done, and are up to date on your oil change, tires etc. We don’t want a blowout or engine problems while on the road.

Last but never thought of till it is too late. make a list over the week before your trip as you think of things you will need, then the day before make sure to pack everything for your trip. This way you forget nothing (that’s the goal anyways) and have time to spare when you are ready to leave the next day.

While on The Road

If you are in North America Downloading the GasBuddy app is beneficial. I’m sure you will need to gas up at some point during your trip, so why not find the best price possible. Not only that but if you enter gas prices, you get points that you can put towards entries to win pre paid gas cards for later.

Make sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks and drinks for your trip. This way you won’t be tempted to purchase overpriced drinks and fast food at pit stops along the way! This is such a HUGE money and time saver. If you don’t have to stop for gas or the washrooms. Don’t even enter the stops. They tend to pull you in and make you forget how expensive they are.

While Enjoying Your Vacation

Depending on where you have chosen to reside for your vacation, you will usually have access to some type of kitchen amenities. Mostly a fridge which can come in handy and save you tons of money on eating out and snacks. So check out the local grocery stores and stock up on some drinks and essentials there. Make restaurants a luxury that you use every other day or so. Doing this can save you more than FIFTY DOLLARS a day. A lot of grocery stores also have prepared meals available as well. So if you don’t want to do hotel cooking (getting creative. Check out some YouTube videos…you would be surprised how you can cook in a hotel room!)

Keep your smart phone CHARGED…better yet. Have a power bank with you and charged in case your phone dies while you’re out. Your phone should also have plenty of data available on it. You are going to want this for your schedule, GPS, translation if needed, and so much more!

If you are in a densely populated area, chances are it will be very easy (if possible) for you to walk and use your time to also get plenty of fresh air and exercise. It also allows you to see areas you wouldn’t if you were in the car.

My last and most IMPORTANT tip

Know what you will need cash for every day, and remove it from your personal bank every night for the next day. This will allow you to be prepared for the next day AND save money by not getting the “Convenience” fee.

Some products I HIGHLY recommend for your next trip:

Rescuing Harley – Four Years Later (How to Help in the Same Situation)

Four years ago today, I did what unknowingly would be my final rescue for a very long time! Rescuing Harley, four years ago today!He had been clearly neglected. Emaciated and with minor injuries, we showered him with love. Four years later he is finally comfortable enough to dog!

Rescuing Harley – HIS Story

On the way home for a visit, I happened to be staring off into space listening to the radio, when I saw this dog in the ditch! I screamed for my husband to stop the car. Which means he went two to three more blocks. We stopped and turned around looking for what I “thought” was a sheltie. That’s when we found a dog, emaciated and injured in more ways than one. Curled up in the ditch, in a thorn bush! He had two double pronged collars nearly embedded into his neck, and his left paw was stuck in one of them!

Now if you know me or my husband personally, you will probably know our loathing hatred for these collars. So my husband broke them off. He was finally free, and I think did what any scared, lonely animal would do. He ran off. We finally got him back, and now had to figure out what was next!

We were lucky enough to be going to my parents that day, so they gave us a few things for him. Things he still has and cherishes to this day!. Like a blanket, he always lays on, and a green bone he carries around like precious cargo. He loves these things, and they will stay with him as long as possible! We did a lot of searching to make sure he wasn’t missing, and once we made sure that we couldn’t find a previous home for him. We made him a part of our family! He was scared and heavily underweight for his breed. We knew it would be a long road to recovery for him.

 

We just didn’t know what recovery mentally, he would need! It took him a yr to learn the comforts of a bed, 4 years to learn comforts of a couch, and he still doesn’t fully grasp the idea of playing! Now that being said, he is actually pegged at being approximately 10-12 years old. So he’s definitely not a spring chicken, that’s for sure! That’s ok, because even though he’s a touch bit quirky. We still love him, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

What To Do If You Find An Abandoned or Stray Animal

Have you ever found an animal (I mean a cat or dog) and wondered what to do with it!? Well here’s the problem. A lot of people will assume, and take it to the humane society, or local shelter. That’s not always the best idea or convenient. The last thing you want to do is to leave the animal to roam free though! So I thought I would give you some tips on how to deal with this kind of situation!


rescuing harley

  • Procure the animal safely. If you think they will bite or scratch (this is usually only done out of fear) use a blanket to wrap them in. If it’s a larger dog, you can gain their trust with some food.
  • Inspect them for injuries, and to see if they have any abnormalities such as lumps, broken bones etc.
  • Find a way to hydrate them, this is so incredibly important. They are most likely very thirsty and dehydrated.
  • Once you have them secured either in your home (away from any animal companions you already have…just in case) or other location, you are going to want to check them over thoroughly. Write down all the signs you see. Malnutrition, potential broken/fractured bones, and cuts and scars. Take lots of pictures as well. All angles. Take a good look at them. Do they look like they have been purposefully neglected or injured? This will help if when taken to a vet, they deem the animal has been abused.
  • Now get them comfy! You now need to do some searching. Check out your local classifieds for missing dogs, Facebook has local groups as well as lost and found pet groups you need to check. This is crucial. If the animal companion is in pretty good shape other than being hungry and thirsty, more than likely he or she has a family missing them and you need to find them! So don’t forget to also call around to vets, shelters, the humane society etc. to see if anyone has inquired about the animal. I usually give about two weeks for this process. In the meantime, keep the dog or cat comfortable and loved. For some, this can mean the world!
  • Once the time has elapsed, now you need to make a choice. Do you keep the animal as YOUR companion.? Or do you let it go to another home that might have more time for them? In our case, we obviously chose to keep Harley, which is why it’s his “fourth” birthday!  
  • You are keeping this cat or dog, so go get them checked out at the vets. They will have absolutely NO HISTORY. So they will need all shots. At this point, you can also double check and see if they have a chip in their skin. However unlikely, it’s still good to check.

 

What Next?

Now that you have had these couple of weeks together and your new little one is presumably healthy (or on their way back to it), now is the time to bond and train your new animal companion. They will look to you for a lot of love and guidance. You need to be their world.

rescuing harley

It was a special day when we found and chose to keep Harley, I wish things like this didn’t happen… but all too often they do! So as the “dominant” species, we need to be their help them, in any way we can!
I would love to hear about your rescue pup or kitty let me know how you met them!