How to Be a Deep Green Family 

From the NRSV Green Bible, pp 1239-1240

  1. Give Thanks:  Thank God for God’s beautiful creation, and ask for help to care for it.
     

  2. Go Deep:  Read what God’s Word says about caring for creation and the people who depend on it.
     

  3. Recycle:  Everyone in the family can help.  Recycle paper, cans, bottles, jars (either by pickup or at the recycle center), batteries, chemicals, paint (at monthly Hazmat collection).
     

  4. Get out: Spend at least an hour a day outside.  Turn off the TV, computer, and video games and encourage your kids to have more “green time” than “screen time”.
     

  5. Save Energy:  Turn off lights when leaving a room, buy Energy Star appliances,  and turn the thermostat down in winter and up in summer.  Use your ceiling fans. Find out more energy-saving tips at www.powerisinyourhands.org/resources/residential_tips.pdf
     

  6. Do a Home Energy Audit:  Let the kids help to do a home energy audit based on your last twelve months of utility bills.  Then get recommendations on how to make your home more energy efficient at www.energystar.gov/yardstick or www.energystar.gov/homeadvisor
     

  7. Garden for Wildlife:  Invite creation into your yard by creating a backyard wildlife habitat.  Suggestions for plants and garden plans that attract butterflies and birds to your yard can be found by contacting the local Cooperative Extension office.
     

  8. Combine Trips:  Poll the family before heading out in the car to see how trips can be combined.  Keep a list of all your errands in one place, and don’t leave until you have several you can do in one trip.
     

  9. Light the Way to a New Energy Future:  Use compact fluorescent  lamps instead of incandescent lamps and save real money.
     

  10. Measure Your Ecological Footprint:  Size up the impact of your activities and consumption habits have by taking the quiz at Conservation International www.conservation.org/carbon-footprint-calculator#