5 Tips you Need to Know to go Green with Your RV—Part 1

 
RV trips are already one of the most environmentally friendly vacations your family can take; it’s greener than flying somewhere, driving to a destination, or staying at a hotel. RVs conserve resources like water and electricity, and they are strategically designed to increase fuel efficiency. Many are even built with eco-friendly materials! But beyond the ways they are already better for the environment, here are 5 things YOU can do to be even greener with your RV.

 
1. Cut your waste
When you’re camping, try to gravitate towards reusable materials rather than disposable ones. Pack dishes and silverware or reusable Tupperware instead of paper plates and plastic forks. Reusable straws are getting more and more common in stores; try switching out your plastic straws for ones that are better for the environment. Get creative and see what ways you can reuse the disposable things you do bring; refill bottled water, reuse plastic bags for garbage and other needs, or repurpose foil and wrappers.

Just the same, recycle what you can. Separate the recyclables from the garbage, and dump your recycling at the nearest station whenever you can. Even more, try to use recyclable paper and plastic items to even further cut down what you’re putting in the trash.

You should be planning your meals thoughtfully and be realistic about what you can make in order to cut down food waste. Try to make one-pot meals to use less cookware and food, as well as reduce the amount of water you have to use when cleaning up. Be conscious of what you see being wasted and think of what you can do to reduce it. You may be surprised how little you throw away when you put in effort.

 
2. Reduce Your Energy Use
Stop feeling the need to blast the heater and AC by being strategic with your parking locations and the materials you bring. In the summer, park in shady spots and open windows to create a gentle breeze. In winter, park somewhere where your RV can be warmed up by the sun and sheltered from north and west winds. Bring the proper attire, blankets, cooling rags or even phone-powered (or solar-powered) fans to keep cool when you’re hot and warm when you’re not.

Solar kits can be your best friend when reducing power consumption too, and they are powerful enough to keep your RV fully charged. Your fridge alone may be using up a lot of your energy for no reason; you’d be shocked at the unnecessary energy consumption of old refrigerators. Update to a newer model or opt for a high-efficiency marine model to lessen your costs and your environmental impact.

You can also save water and increase energy efficiency by investing in a good water filtration system; the system eliminates the use of plastic bottles.

Don’t worry! There are plenty more tips coming your way on how to stay green as you travel the country. Check out part two of this series to find more ways you and your RV can be environmentally friendly


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