Eco Trip Tips For Your Home

Suitcases packed? Check!

Plane, hotel and rental car reservations confirmed? Check!

Family super excited about going on vacation? Check and check!

Home ready to keep LA’s waterways clean and conserve energy and water while you’re gone? Um…I can do that?

Yes, you can! Here are a few easy eco trip tips for your home that will show you how:  

  • You’ve asked a neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you’re away, right? Why not ask them to also check your yard and curb for windblown trash and ask them to pick it up. It’s a good way to simultaneously keep your yard and community clean and educate your neighbors about the impact pollution has on our waterways and ocean when it gets into storm drains.
  • Before leaving your house, take just one more minute and double check your bathrooms and kitchen, making sure all faucets are turned off tight. You’re probably going to be gone for a week or more. In one week, just one leaking faucet can waste more than 50 gallons of water! Yikes!
  • Consider turning off your sprinkler system while you’re away, asking that same neighbor who’s checking on your house to spot water instead. Spot watering is more cost-effective and conserves water. Besides, if something goes wrong while you’re away, who is going to fix the broken sprinkler head that has created a small geyser on your front lawn?
  • Why not give your appliances and electronics a vacation while you’re gone? Either turn off your home’s air conditioning system or set it at 80 degrees or higher when you’re away. Unplug electronics and turn off power strips. Devices like TVs, printers and chargers use electricity even when electronics are turned off. Lastly, turn up the temperature in your refrigerator a few degrees. No need to cool an empty fridge.

So, enjoy your vacation! By adopting these eco trip tips for your home, you’ll also enjoy the peace of mind that goes with knowing that you’re keeping LA’s waterways clean and conserving water and energy even when you’re a thousand miles away.

Photo courtesy of Victoria Pickering via flickr.com/creativecommons.

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