1. Hang clothes out to dry. The warm summer weather is perfect for drying laundry. My last load only took about 20 minutes to dry and thats faster than my dryer. Plus I have to iron less because the clothes have dried hanging straight.
2. Make sun tea. Who doesn’t love a nice cold glass of iced tea in the summer time? Right now I have a big old mason jar sitting outside on my steps brewing up some sun tea. The sun heats the water for you which means you don’t have to use your stove. Just pour it over ice and enjoy!
3. Visit a Farmers Market. A lot of towns have summer markets and these are great places to buy produce, learn about whats growing and support local businesses.
4. Plant a garden. My little eggplants are quite happy in our new raised beds. Ian built them earlier this spring and now we have onions, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants growing. Start small with some herbs in a pot. Tomatoes and strawberries can also do well in containers.
5. Have a yard sale. A yard sale is a great way to reduce the clutter in your house, recycle items that you can’t use anymore and make a little extra money. Also, shopping at yard sales is a great way to save money but only buy items that you are actually going to use, otherwise you are just bringing the clutter back.
Little things like these go a long way in helping your family become more sustainable not to mention save you some money and everyone loves saving money! What other things can you do this summer?