Pay your bills on line and save paper.
Check out www.MyCheckFree.com
Reusable containers and thermoses instead of plastic bags, juice boxes and prepackaged snacks. Bring your own utensils rather than using plastic-ware.
Driving on poorly inflated tires wastes gas and produces increased carbon dioxide.
Donate your old electronics and computers to schools, churches and childcare centers. Dell, Apple and HP also take back old products.
Set your printers to double-sided printing. This will cut down on your paper usage as well as clutter. Don't forget to have your kids color on both sides too!
Bring your own cup, mug or thermos to Starbuck's and you will save 10 cents on your coffee. (Check other local coffee shops, too, as they might offer a cup credit). At work use your own coffee mug and stay away from Styrofoam!
Commercial car washes use 35 to 85 gallons less per vehicle and many recycle water.
A full refrigerator uses less energy to keep cool.
Cut back on paper towels by using old t-shirts, stained baby clothes and old cotton clothing to dust and clean.
Drive to work with co-workers and create a rotating car pool with other parents so your children can ride to school together.
Want to know your impact on the environment? Go to www.Conservation.org/EcoFootPrint to take a free quiz with your family.
Vista has one of the top rated Farmers Markets in Southern California. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables every Saturday between 8am and 12pm noon, rain or shine. Located in the 300 block of Melrose at the County Courthouse parking lot.
Give your unwanted items to others or go to www.FreeCycle.org
Use a dryer ball instead of traditional softener sheets. The balls are designed to reduce drying time and soften fabrics naturally, without chemicals. This is great for sensitive skin or people with allergies
Buy rechargeable batteries-they may be more expensive up front, but you will save long term. If you do continue to buy non-rechargeable batteries dispose of them properly. You will find local recycling centers at www.Earth911.org
Go to www.CatalogChoice.org
Leave your car at home and use North County's own Sprinter to take you from Oceanside to Escondido. Contact GoNCTD.com for fares and schedules.
For more ideas on going green visit www.IdeaBite.com