Working together, we can protect our environment and conserve Virginia’s natural resources. You can help every day by making small changes to your daily habits. Turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth, turning off lights when you leave a room, and recycling household trash are only three examples of the many ways you can help save our valuable resources. Read on for the many ways you can contribute to conservation efforts in our communities!
In your yard:
- Fertilize with care. Contact Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn about testing your soil. Read label instructions and do not over-fertilize. Using the correct amount of fertilizer at the right time can save money and keep harmful chemicals out of local streams.
- Landscape your home with conservation in mind. Cover bare soil to prevent erosion. Contact us for more information about rain gardens.
- Grass clippings are next year’s fertilizer! Composting household waste is a great way to reduce cost and reuse valuable organic material. Click here to visit the NRCS composting page.
- Take care of your septic system. Faulty septic systems can pollute local groundwater. Click here to visit our Septic Systems page.
- If you change your own oil, take the used oil to a recycling station. DO NOT DUMP OIL! One quart of used motor oil can contaminate up to two million gallons of water.
- Collect litter and animal waste before it washes into storm drains or bodies of water.
- Reduce expense by reusing water. Contact us for more information about our rain barrels!
In your Home:
- Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving can save 2 gallons of water!
- Take short showers, not baths. Efficient shower heads can also reduce your water usage.
- Do not use toilets as trash cans.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge instead of cooling water by running the faucet.
- Run washing machines only when full.
- Repair leaks in faucets, shower heads, and toilets. A dripping faucet at 30 drops a minute wastes 84 gallons a month.
- Recycle household waste, including newspapers, plastics, cardboard, paper, and compost material.
Environmentally Friendly Household Cleaners:
- Homemade cleaners using only non-toxic ingredients offer an alternative to commercial cleaners.
- Before you buy, read labels and choose the product that is best for your job. Buy only what you can use.
- Follow instructions for proper use. Follow safety precautions and USE ONLY THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT.
- Store properly, according to label instructions. Keep in original container.
- Keep lid tightly closed. Use child-resistant closures.
- If you must dispose of a product, follow label directions if provided. If no directions are provided, read on…
- Water-soluble products (products that can be mixed with water) can be disposed of down the drain with running water. CAUTION: Dispose of powders in very small quantities at a time. This will help prevent them from forming lumps and blocking your drain.
- For non-water-soluble products, call the manufacturer’s toll-free number for disposal recommendations or check with your local waste disposal facility.
- Recycle empty containers.