My ideal American vacay would be to load up all my nieces and nephews and hit the road in a couple of AirStreams. I can’t wait to make that happen in Life!
There are a lot of great ideas for going green when you’re at home. Some of those tips can work well on the road, but they don’t all translate well. For example, a programmable thermostat is great at home, but it doesn’t make quite as much sense in the RV!
Whether you’re planning on renting an RV or you own an RV, you want to know how you can be kinder to the environment while you’re on the road. Here are some green living tips that are great for the whole family while you’re camping in an RV.
Reduce the Amount of Waste
It’s a great idea to reduce waste while you’re at home, but it’s an even better idea while you’re on the road. Not only is it better for the environment, it means you have a lot less junk and garbage to deal with when you’re living in close quarters!
A few ideas for reducing waste while you’re on the road include:
- Use canvas shopping bags instead plastic
- Bring canvas bags that can be used for produce and bulk items
- Cook from scratch when you can
- Plan meals that are less likely to have leftovers
Know How You Can Cut Down on Energy Usage
Cutting down on energy use at home can save you money, but it’s even more important in an RV with a generator that has a limited amount of energy. Cut back on your energy usage and it won’t run out of juice before you make it home.
The solutions for cutting down on energy use don’t have to be complicated either. Something as simple as parking the RV in the shade can drastically reduce the amount of energy you use. Opening the windows and cooking outside can help too!
Use Solar Charging Devices
You have to charge those phones, tablets, and laptops. Unfortunately, they can drain a generator rather quickly. Instead, go solar.
That doesn’t mean you have to outfit the top of your RV with solar panels, unless you want to. Instead, look for portable solar chargers. They can be set out on picnic table,s or they can even be attached to a backpack so you can charge up while you’re out on a hike.
Get Creative About Fuel
Fuel is likely to be your biggest expense when you hit the road in an RV. If you’re creative about fuel, you can save money and go easy on the environment at the same time.
A few simple tips include inflating your tires, reducing weight in the RV, and reducing your speed on hills.
You can also consider switching your fuel. Flex-Fuel rigs allow you to use E-85 Ethanol-based fuel. If you don’t want to have to purchase a new truck to go green, consider switching to bio-diesel. You may even be able to convert your diesel vehicle to run on vegetable oil!
Traveling in an RV doesn’t mean you have to be hard on the environment. With these tips, you can go green and save a little cash at the same time!