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Treehouse Tips: Buy In Bulk, Larger Containers

You can also purchase larger containers, like 1L yogurt containers instead of little cups, in an effort to reduce packaging waste. In the yogurt example, although these little cups are recyclable, you can reuse the bigger containers in various ways before recycling them. Do your kids love orange juice? Buy a larger jug and reuse smaller bottles for individual servings. (Check out my blog post on ideas for reusing food containers.)

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Sustainable Tips: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Team member Ida Keung posts daily tips on sustainable living. See all of her Treehouse Tips by clicking here.

By decorating your house with many mirrors, you can reflect more natural sunlight in your rooms during the daytime. Having brighter rooms means that you can save energy by not having to turn on your lights as often during the daytime. Mirrors do a particularly great job brightening dark rooms and basements. Whats more, big mirrors tend to make rooms appear larger by creating an illusion of depth. You can also increase your vitamin D intake from all the extra sunlight in your living space!

Beautiful skin while saving energy? Who says no to that?!

Treehouse Tips: Reduce Your Energy Bill While Keeping Your Food Cold

Team member Ida Keung posts daily tips on sustainable living. See all of her Treehouse Tips by clicking here.

When you make a meal, do you find yourself opening the refrigerator door 12 times to get all the items you need? Every time you do so, a large portion of the cold air leaves the fridge. It can take a while to cool back down, and if you’re back and forth enough, some foods like meat and dairy may risk spoiling. You also might remember that you do not need certain root vegetables (like potatoes, onions, and yams) in your fridge, even though a lot of us put them there. Instead, put them in a breathable brown bag and store them in a cool dark cupboard until you need them.

To avoid this problem, try thinking about all the ingredients that you need before opening the fridge door, and gather them all at once. You won’t have to constantly reopen the fridge. You can save energy when you’re putting new groceries away after shopping, too; put the ingredients of the same dish together so you can get them all at once. You can still separate your meats, fruit, produce, and dairy, but you might gather all the stir fry vegetables in a bag so that you can grab them all at the same time, for example. This kind of organization can saves you time, energy, and money on the electrical bill! We all love to save money, right?