Go Car-Less (Bikes Welcome)
Designate a "no driving day." Kristi Baack, of Portland, Oregon, and her kid do this once a week. Not only does Baack save the cost of a tank of gas per month, she's also doing her part to cut down on carbon emissions -- and helping her family stay active.
Make Toys from Trash
Wait! Don't throw out those huge Styrofoam inserts that came in the box with your new electronics purchase. Get creative! Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, and her 4-year-old daughter created a castle out of the packing material. What a great way to repurpose one of the most earth-unfriendly substances around.
Start Your Clock
Crystal Hamlin's 8-year-old had a habit of taking long showers. To lower her gas bill, Hamlin, of Helena, Montana, began setting a time limit by programming her cell phone to ring after 10 minutes. (For fun, it plays a different ring tone each time.) As a result, their gas bill dropped $50 per month.
Why throw away stuff if someone else wants it? At this site, your trash is somebody's treasure and vice versa. And it's all for free!
Hey, City Folks!
Share a car instead of owning one. Go to carsharing.net for more info.
Copyright © 2007. Reprinted with permission from the July 2007 issue of Parents magazine.