Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle with GE Lighting

Disclosure: As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.

The three “R’s”– reduce, reuse, and recycle.  These are three terms that I am certain you are all familiar with.  But… what are you doing to truly implement them into your home?

Before I begin, let me tell you why these three things are so incredibly important to me.  I have a beautiful little girl who loves to be outside.  By reducing, reusing, and recycling, I am being a friend to planet Earth and helping to keep it going for the next generation– my daughter’s generation.  Everything we throw away winds up in a landfill somewhere.  I want my daughter to enjoy a world that is full of more than old garbage.

Let’s start with recycle, which is one of the easiest tasks for my family to participate in.  That’s because my community offers free curbside recycling to all residents.  They gave is a complimentary bin, and each Thursday we place our full bin at the curb for pick-up.  They take things such as cans, cardboard, junk mail, and plastic bottles.  Additionally, there are several recycling centers located throughout the area for larger items.

However, our recycling efforts don’t stop here.  We also recycle things such as old cell phones and empty ink cartridges.  Often times, if you donate old cell phones, they are put to use for soldiers stationed overseas.  I have noticed collection boxes in several local cell phone stores where you can place old phones.  Many office supply stores will take those empty ink cartridges off your hands.  Some will even give you an incentive {such as a free ream of paper} for recycling them!

Recycling flows quite nicely into reusing.  After all, isn’t reusing just a creative form of recycling?  I am notorious for reusing things in my home.  Some of my favorite ways to reuse include:

  • Baby wipes containers are perfect for holding almost anything.  I use old baby wipes containers to organize fabric scraps.
  • Formula cans are also fantastic organizational tools.  I dress them up with a little scrapbook paper and use them to hold things such as pens and scissors.
  • We are getting ready to move in a few weeks.  Instead of purchasing boxes, we’re using a lot of boxes we picked up for free at the local package store.
  • I get a lot of mail.  However, I never throw away bubble mailers or large envelopes.  Instead, I reuse them the next time I need to ship something.
  • I try and remember my reusable bags when shopping.  However, there are definitely times I forget and come home with those plastic shopping bags.  When this happens, I use those bags in our small bathroom trashcans.
  • Egg cartons are great to cut up and use for crafts.  They make cute spiders, caterpillars, and a variety of other animals.  Egg cartons also make an easy way to transport mini muffins or cupcakes.

Then, we’ve got the third “R”– reducing.  To me, “reduce” means to reduce the footprint I am having on the Earth by using less.

Over the years, we have reduced in many ways.  Our favorite being when Darren biked to work as opposed to taking a car.  This was beneficial to his health in addition to being much more environmentally friendly.

There are always ways in which we work to reduce around our home each and every day:

  • Use reusable plates, napkins, and cups.  Yes– I know how easy it is to use paper plates so that you don’t have to wash dishes.  However, that plate will just go into the trash and wind up in some landfill.
  • Steer away from pre-filled plastic water bottles.  I bought several good quality reusable bottles and fill them with tap water from my sink.  I now actually prefer an ice cold bottle of tap water!
  • Don’t run partial loads of laundry or dishes.  Doing laundry or dishes requires quite a bit of energy and water.  Make sure to only run the washing machine and dishwasher when they reach full capacity.
  • Unplug things when not in use.  Every device that needs to be plugged in for power actually uses a small amount of electricity even when it isn’t in use.  So, make sure to unplug those toasters, printers, cell phones, and other similar things when you aren’t using them.
  • Turn off the light when you leave a room.  Maybe this seems like common sense, but it’s on my mind because it is something I struggle to teach my daughter.  However, doing so can really save a lot of electricity!

Now, let’s talk about the light bulbs you’re using to give light to your home.  Have you ever put much thought into the bulbs that you’re using?

Several years ago, Darren and I began purchasing energy-efficient light bulbs.  Since these bulbs use less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb, it is an easy way to reduce AND save money!

Let me just say… energy efficient bulbs have came a LONG way since I began buying them!  GE Lighting has any energy-efficient option for every bulb I can think of– and then some!

When I picture an energy-efficient light bulb, I picture that familiar spiral design.  These bulbs can be found in virtually every fixture in my home.  When we move {and we have a lot}, replacing old bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs is one of the first things that we do.

While the spiral design is pretty cool looking, it doesn’t necessarily fit the look and feel of all the light fixtures in my house.  And… I have been okay with that.  Honestly, I would rather have more energy-efficient lighting that saves me money and uses less energy than worry about the look of it.

However, recently I discovered that I can have energy-efficient lighting that looks more like a traditional light bulb.

Check out these GE Energy Smart Ceiling Fan Bulbs.  These decorative CFL bulbs actually have the GE Spiral inside the bulb!  So, I am getting the awesome energy-efficient technology with a more eye-appealing and smooth look.

These bulbs have a nine year estimated life span, meaning you won’t need to replace them anytime soon.  They each cost an average of $1.81 to use per year!  That’s about the same as one bottle of soda.  Wow!

Plus– my local Walmart store was having a crazy sale on these bulbs.  I got this entire package of three bulbs for less than $6.  Considering how long the bulbs should last, I feel like I got a tremendous deal.  {In case you won’t to check out my entire shopping trip, head over to Google+}  Additionally, there was a coupon in yesterday’s paper for $1 off a package of energy-efficient  GE Lighting.

When you replace your incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient ones, you will only have to install them once, but will experience the benefits from reducing every single day.  This just might be the easiest way possible to reduce your impact on the environment.

Are you ready to make the switch?  GE Lighting can help you to find the right energy-efficient light bulbs for you.  When we move into our new home this June, I look forward to exploring all of the options GE Lighting gives me for providing ym home with energy-efficient light sources.

I invite you to connect with GE Lighting and discover the many ways they are helping us to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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