There are soooo many reasons to love summer; the ability to wear less clothes, swimming outdoors, picnics, colorful flowers, etc. Summer is also a great season to exert environmental sustainability. Here’s how:
#1 Create a clothesline
Dryers, as wonderful as they are, use ALOT of electricity. On top of that, they create more heat in homes in the summer. A clothesline is a quick and simple idea to remedy this issue. You can buy rope and clothesline pins at most stores for very cheap. After washing your clothes, clip them to a clothesline and let the sun dry them. On a hot day it may only take an hour to dry a load of clothes. On warmer days it may take 3-4 hours. My family has a clothesline attached to trees in our backyard. We put everything except our undergarments on the line. We hang undergarments in the den on a drying rack. Clotheslines can also be used in the winter(although you may want that extra heat). If you have a cool room in your house or if your home is not overly warm or humid you could place a clothesline in any room.
Stoves and ovens create even more heat than dryers. As much as I love to cook and bake, I can’t bring myself to do it as often in the heat of summer. For this reason, barbeque grills are very convenient. Meat is not the only thing that can go on a grill, you can grill vegetables, fruits, and breads as well. Direct fire and smoke bring out amazing flavor in all foods that touch a grill. Grilling is also a great way to bring people together and have fun in the sun.
#3 Air instead of Air Conditioner
I have gone more than one summer without AC, but now that I have a child that is not an option. There are some summer days in which the wind refuses to blow and the sun refuses to stop pouring down heat. These are days in which the AC seems like a godsend. However, air conditioners like heaters use a lot of electricity and tend to make up the bulk of people’s electricity bills. On windy days or days in which it is not unbearably warm, open up all of your windows, turn on some fans, and let the natural air flow. You may be amazed at how cool and refreshing a home can be by doing this. Research done on germs and bacteria has actually noted that opening windows and doors occasionally is a good way to rid a home of germs and reduce illness.
I hope these tips were helpful. Happy conserving! 😉