Summer is a great time to get out of town and take a break from the stresses of our everyday lives. Wherever you go, try going “green” to give the environment a break, too.
- You can begin even before you leave home, by turning your water heater and air conditioner to low settings. Unplug appliances like TVs — they use up to 40 watts per hour even when turned off! Also try to pack light. Hauling extra baggage uses more fuel whether you are traveling by car or plane. Remember to pack reusable water bottles.
- If you are taking a road trip, get your car tuned. A well-tuned car with properly inflated tires uses less fuel because it runs more efficiently — and will keep your family safer. Save more fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by driving at a steady speed and turning off the car at pit stops.
- When flying, choose a non-stop flight for the best fuel efficiency. When you arrive, use public transportation, share a cab or rent an economy or hybrid car to get around.
- It’s natural to want to pamper ourselves while on vacation; we work hard for our time off. Try to temper this mindset during your hotel stay by reusing your towels and sheets, keeping the AC at a reasonable temperature, taking shorter showers, turning off the lights and leaving those over-packaged little bottles of shampoo behind.
It is a great feeling to know that while you are creating lasting memories with your children, you are also teaching them how to have a lasting, positive impact on the environment.