Walmart continued its Earth Month celebration by partnering with Disney for the April 17, 2013 #WinItWednesday contest. This week Walmart challenged its Twitter users to come up with the most creative and eco-friendly solutions to the following question, “How do you inspire your kids to conserve the environment?”
Ultimately, three winning ideas were selected from the hundreds of great ideas submitted.
@walmartgreen #winitWednesday I encourage them to wait until we have a full sinkful and full laundry load before starting any machines.
— Monica Young (@Monnie311) April 17, 2013
@walmartgreen Every year it's clean up the trash by the river with a watchful eye. Then go fishing as a incentive. Happy. #WinItWednesday
— Michelle (@mcjunkie) April 17, 2013
@walmartgreen Inspire by starting small. During my kids school year i take seeds and help school organize planting day #WinItWednesday
— Yamilet (@YamiesWorld) April 17, 2013
Monica Young, aka @Monnie311, saves both energy and water with her tip – teaching her kids to wait until there is a full load of dishes or laundry before starting any machine.
Young explained to MNN that she didn’t always wait to start a machine, though. “I actually didn't always wait for the full sink before starting dishes because I'm a neat freak and I personally feel better having my kitchen clean and my sink empty when I head to bed or head out for the day. It is a little easier regarding laundry as I have three children so there's ALWAYS laundry to clean, though I often wait for a full load of whites to start a new load. The transition of waiting for a full sink was only a little difficult but more for me because of the visual appeal. I feel like I'm doing my part by recycling weekly and by cutting back on water by simply waiting for full loads. Now it just comes naturally. I am very lucky that my youngest loves to help me with small chores.”
Although this is just a small energy conservation step, Young has noticed a change in her utility bills. In addition to waiting for a full load, she also runs her machines in the evening when energy costs less. Young explained why she is frugal, “I am a single mommy to three, I have to budget and live frugally and I honestly cut and use coupons and cut costs whatever way I can.” Going green is definitely saving Young and her family a little green, money green that is.
Congratulations to the three Walmart #WinItWednesday winners from the April 17, 2013 contest. In addition to a $100 Walmart gift card, each of the three winners will also receive a $100 gift card to The Disney Store.