Top 10 Ways to Live Green
- Turn down the thermostat
- Turn off lights when leaving a room
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
- Unplug appliances and electronics that are not frequently used
- Wash laundry in cold water
- When it’s time to replace a light bulb, switch to LED or CFL bulbs
- Drive less, walk/bike more
- Bring your own bags with you to the store
- 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.
. 40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they’re turned off.
. It’s fresher: Produce shipped from outside the country travels up to two weeks before it arrives in grocery stores.
. 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.
. 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.
. 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
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.
. 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.
. 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 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.
. Drive at a more consistent speed and save fuel.
. 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.
. Reducing sun exposure can help reduce the chance of cataracts and other eye damage.
Clean out the dryer lint
. Save energy and improve efficiency.
. 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
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.
. Make sure your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
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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