5 Easy Tips for Living Greener this Summer

My fabulous, brilliant friend Lisa of A Daily Pinch is sharing her tips for living greener in summer with us today. (She knows that I am all about natural and environmentally friendly alternatives around here.) Keep your eyes peeled, because this rock star is working on her first book soon and it is going to knock your socks off!

Most people don’t know I was an environmental writer and blogger for a very long time. I wrote, and researched, about the science of “green.” I still live a very green life. Oh, I’m not as hardcore as I used to be — I buy Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent, instead of making my own five (5) gallons at a time and will confess to using my dryer more often than having clothes hanging outside and all over the house to dry.

I wanted to share some of the small things you can do this summer, which I learned from years of research and writing, about living more “green” and taking care of the world around you.

5 easy tips for living greener this summer

1. Put a bucket in the shower with you. Use the water you catch (gray water) to water your flowers. We also did this when our area of North Carolina was under a severe drought watch to flush the toilets. By the way, you get bonus points if you’re using a cleanser, like Dr. Bronners, which are safe for ground water.

2. I know you’ve heard this a million times, but you can save a lot of water by turning the sink off when brushing your teeth. Or you can take it a step further and brush your teeth in the shower while the conditioner is in your hair.

3. Turn the air conditioner down and put the ceiling fan on. We can cool our family room (where we all congregate) by five degrees with our ceiling fan on high.

4. Use the crock pot all year round. The house doesn’t heat up as it does when the oven is on and, quite frankly, it’s lovely to be able to pull out a whole roasted chicken and potatoes and not sweat while doing so. The only thing I have to do is slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and I’m done.

5. Can’t sleep at night because you’re too hot? Turn on the fan, strip your clothes off and when you start to sweat, spray your body with water. The air from the fan causes the water to condense on your body and cool you off, and it feels like you’ve stuck your head in a freezer. (It’s a peri-menopause life saver as well!)

6. Pump gas in the morning. When you fill up your car in the evening, you are promoting the build-up of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the air due to the evaporation of gasoline. When temperatures are cooler, gasoline is denser and evaporates less. The amount released by your car is miniscule, but when compounded by millions of drivers on the road, and we set ourselves up for poor air quality and degradation of the ozone layer.

These are just a few of my tips to help save your sanity, and on your utility bills, this summer.

Thanks, Lisa!

What are some of your tips for living green in summer?



  1. I should use my crock pot more in the summer, but I can’t eat soups/stews in the warm weather.

  2. Great tips, and thanks for letting me know about pumping gas in the morning! Who knew?!

  3. What a great list. I still do use a bucket in the shower. So easy and a great way to conserve. I love that we think alike I am a ceiling fan girl one in every room helps cool the house without running AC at full blast. North Carolina summer’s are brutal. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great tips….I am all for saving energy. I live in Wisconsin and I have not even turned on my AC this year. A few hot days feels good considering the cold winter we had. Amazing how ceiling fans can cool down a house.

  5. Wow. Bucket in the shower is a great idea. Good advice on all counts.

  6. I had heard of the pumping gas in the morning! Great tips!

  7. love that first tip! Great idea.

  8. These are great tips especially the crockpot. The kitchen can be unbearable with the oven on.

  9. These are great tips especially for the Summer time. Number 2 has been a big one here. I have taught my daughter to always turn the sink of while brushing!

  10. These are fabulous tips! I had no idea about pumping fuel in the morning instead, but of course it makes perfect sense.

  11. I so need to use my crockpot all year long, I am so busy. I just need Paelo friendly recipes!

  12. I never knew that about pumping gas in the morning. Thanks for sharing.

  13. These are great tips. I didn’t know about pumping gas in the morning! The crockpot was a good tip as well.

  14. Love the fan and water trick! And I also love the idea of catching gray water in the shower! Thanks for these!

  15. But I don’t want to wake up all hot and miserable and have to spray myself down! LOL I do love the gas tip! I keep forgetting how important it is, plus you save a bit of money when your gas isn’t evaporating when your pumping it!

  16. Excellent tips! I love the idea of using a crock pot year round! Makes things easier on myself.

  17. Awesome tip about the gas, I had forgotten that!

  18. I had no idea getting gas in the morning made a difference. I learned something extra today! Great post!

  19. What great tips. I always forget to turn off the water when brushing. We live in Texas where we are always under drought warnings :(

  20. Thanks for the tips! We are definitely huge fan users over here and my crock pot is my best friend in the kitchen! I especially avoid using the oven in the summer.

  21. I love the bucket in the shower idea! So clever!

  22. I love using my crock pot in the summer! Anything to keep the kitchen cool.

  23. I never thought about the bucket in the shower. That makes such good sense. I’m all about the crockpot though. It’s how I made dinner last night. :)

  24. Fantastic tips! I need to use my crock pot more often. We did have it out about 2 weeks ago but I need more summer recipes! Love the shower + bucket idea to water the garden. I’m going to start doing that today!

  25. Maria Oller says:

    Awesome tips! I like the shower bucket will help with flowers since we have water restrictions right now, least for the gardens

  26. We started a compost bin!

  27. Great tips! Always looking for tips to save!

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