Green Up Your Routine

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Many morning routines begin with the buzz of your alarm, the starting up your cup of joe, and hopping in the shower, and brushing your teeth.

Although these become repetitious tasks, there are easy changes to green up your routine.

"The biggest waste is water. Water is a big waste."

Conserving H-2-O is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in the big environmental picture, but it's the throne that takes the crown as the largest water user in your home.

Increasing the efficiency of your toilet can lead to major savings.

"Traditional old toilets can use 3-5 gallons of water per flush, now the new standard code is about 1.6 gallons so you could save a substantial amount of water there."

Then there's putting an aerator in your sink and a low flow water head in your shower. Those are less expensive and simple additions that can save hundreds of dollars annually.

You should also pay attention to what's in all those bottles lining your shower shelves.

"When you're out there and looking at products, its sometimes hard to know what's biodegradable, and you look at the ingredients, and you can read all the ingredients and understand the ingredients, that's a good start."

Even your cosmetics may need a green make over. Many are chemical-based and packaged in plenty of plastic, but some brands are making a better effort.

"This is actually a wooden pencil that you just keep shaving down and putting your lipstick on, this is just wood, totally biodegradable, and when you do finally get to the end, it's very toss-able."

You can also look for environmentally friendly coffee filters that are unbleached or the reusable filters made of hemp.

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northlands NewsCenter.

Another energy saving tip is to take shorter showers at a lower temp.