Green Tips

Environment Friendly Living

Top 10 Ways to Live Green

  1. Recy­cle
  2. Turn down the thermostat
  3. Turn off lights when leav­ing a room
  4. Turn off the water when brush­ing your teeth
  5. Unplug appli­ances and elec­tron­ics that are not fre­quently used
  6. Wash laun­dry in cold water
  7. When it’s time to replace a light bulb, switch to LED or CFL bulbs
  8. Drive less, walk/bike more
  9. Bring your own bags with you to the store
  10. Plant a tree!

Addi­tional Liv­ing Green Tips…


Check your tire pres­sure

. Increase your gas mileage by keep­ing your tires prop­erly inflated.


Clean your lint fil­ter

. Reduce fire haz­ard, increase dryer effi­ciency, and save money.


Use safe bot­tles

. Opt for BPA-free bot­tles to avoid tox­ins in the body and in the environment.


Pay bills online

. It’s usu­ally free, and you can sign up for email reminders so you won’t be late.


Unplug

. 40% of the elec­tric­ity used to power home elec­tron­ics is con­sumed while they’re turned off.


Buy local

. It’s fresher: Pro­duce shipped from out­side the coun­try trav­els up to two weeks before it arrives in gro­cery stores.


Exer­cise out­side

. Gyms over­load on A/C, and most train­ing machines use elec­tric­ity too.


Light soy can­dles

. The oil byprod­ucts in most can­dles can’t hold a flame to options like soy, since they burn longer and take less of a toll on the planet.


Com­post your garbage

. Keep biodegrad­able food waste out of land­fills with easy in-home gadgets.


Use cloth nap­kins

. It’s actu­ally cheaper to throw cloth nap­kins in the wash than to buy paper ones.


Drive effi­ciently

. At 45mph and above, save gas by rolling your win­dows up and turn­ing on the fan for some fresh air.


Use reusable bags

. Over 100 bil­lion plas­tic bags are thrown away every year.


Drink fil­tered tap water with a reusable water bot­tle

. By switch­ing to fil­tered water from a faucet mount water fil­tra­tion sys­tem and a reusable bot­tle, each per­son can help save the planet from up to 3,200 plas­tic water bot­tles a year.


Go low-flow

. Change your shower head, toi­let, and faucets to low-flow and still main­tain water pressure.


Cut the cat­a­logs

. All those cat­a­logs require more than 53 mil­lion trees and 56 bil­lion gal­lons of waste­water to produce.


Give up paper tow­els

. Wash­ing tow­els uses less energy.


Put on a sweater

. Save money and energy by adding lay­ers rather than turn­ing up the heat.


Adjust your lawn mower

. Longer grass retains water bet­ter so raise your lawn mower to a higher setting.


Use a rain bar­rel

. These con­tain­ers col­lect nat­ural rain­wa­ter that you can use to water your gar­den

&

plants which do not require treated tap water.


Use green clean­ing prod­ucts

. Less toxic and biodegradable.


Bike or walk

. Save gas, save money

&

save the environment.


Turn off the A/C

. Save energy by open­ing a win­dow or turn­ing on a fan.


Turn off water while brush­ing

. Turn­ing off the water between rinses can save at least two gal­lons in one brush­ing session.


Take shorter show­ers

. Help to save money

&

con­serve water.


Use a clothes­line

. Turn off the dryer, your clothes will smell fresh and look beautiful.


Wash laun­dry in cold water

. Hot water requires more energy.


Use Energy Star prod­ucts

. Choose bet­ter effi­ciency when upgrad­ing appliances.


Use Com­pact Flu­o­res­cent Light Bulbs

. Bet­ter light using less energy.


Turn off the lights

. Make a habit of turn­ing off the light every time you leave a room.


Put out­side lights on a timer

. More reli­able and will save energy.


Replace fil­ters

. Clean and replace air fil­ters regularly.


Add insu­la­tion to your house

. To help pre­vent heat loss.


Use a push mower

. No pol­lu­tion PLUS a free workout!


Brown bag your lunch

. Carry in a reusable sack with wash­able utensils.


Email

. Com­mu­ni­cate more effi­ciently and save the trees.


Donate or recy­cle equip­ment

. Com­put­ers, phones and office equip­ment can all be recycled.


Use recharge­able bat­ter­ies

.


Install solar pan­els

. Heat your home the nat­ural way.


Shrink your car­bon foot­print

. Make changes at home to reduce your use of fos­sil fuels.


Water respon­si­bly

. Water your lawn only in the AM or PM using a soaker hose con­nected to your rain bar­rel, not dur­ing the day when it evaporates.


Fill it up before turn­ing it on

. Wash only full loads of laun­dry and dishes.


Change to reusable cof­fee fil­ters

. Change from paper to reusable filters.


Bring your own cof­fee cup

. If you pre­fer to buy your cof­fee out, bring your own cup.


Don’t let it drip!

Save water by fix­ing leaky pipes.


Turn off your screen saver

. Save energy by turn­ing off your monitor’s power but­ton when you step away from the computer.


Share a ride

. Take pub­lic trans­porta­tion or car­pool when possible.


Cruise Con­trol

. Drive at a more con­sis­tent speed and save fuel.


Slow down

. Reduc­ing your speed saves gas.


Upgrade your ther­mo­stat

. Take con­trol of the tem­per­a­ture with a pro­gram­ma­ble thermostat.


Apply weath­er­strip­ping to doors and win­dows

. Cre­at­ing a tight seal will keep heat and air con­di­tion­ing inside.


Choose hand pow­ered or elec­tric tools

. Bet­ter for you, bet­ter for the environment.


Walk the golf course

. Get extra exer­cise and reduce the car­bon foot­print of your hobby. If you have to ride, stay on the path and share a cart with sev­eral other golfers.


Use nat­ural fer­til­iz­ers

. These release nutri­ents slowly and are bet­ter for the envi­ron­ment. Con­sider mak­ing your own with a com­post bin.


Wear sun­glasses

. Reduc­ing sun expo­sure can help reduce the chance of cataracts and other eye damage.


Clean out the dryer lint

. Save energy and improve efficiency.


Reuse bot­tles

. Find another pur­pose for old bot­tles before recy­cling, such as mak­ing a rain gauge with your child.


Use both sides of the paper

. At the office re-purpose old doc­u­ments and scrap paper.


Reduce employee travel

. Uti­lize video­con­fer­enc­ing and other tech solu­tions for meetings.


Use matches instead of lighters

. Card­board matches are more eco-friendly.


Stop paper state­ments

. Many banks and other com­pa­nies now offer elec­tronic statements.


Use a broom

instead of a hose to clean your dri­ve­way and side­walk and save water every time.


Col­lect the water

you use for rins­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles, then reuse it to water houseplants.

When clean­ing out fish tanks,

give the nutrient-rich water to your plants

.


Col­lect water

from your roof to water your garden.


Soak don’t rinse

. Soak pots and pans instead of let­ting the water run while you scrape them clean.


Recir­cu­late

. Make sure your swim­ming pools, foun­tains, and ponds are equipped with recir­cu­lat­ing pumps.


Insu­late

hot water pipes for more imme­di­ate hot water at the faucet and for energy savings.


Wash Spot out­side

. Wash your pets out­doors in an area of your lawn that needs water, but make sure the soap does not run down the storm drain into the stream.


Reuse plas­tic zip­per bags

. Just wash them out in your dish water and hang to dry before their sec­ond, third, or fifti­eth use.


Reduce your lunch foot­print

. Pack your lunch or left­overs in a reusable con­tainer, not a dis­pos­able bag.

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