May
9
2011

Green Tips for Everyday Living

We all want our world to be a better place to live, and many of us are trying very hard to be environmentally conscious. I’ve come to the conclusion that while I can’t do anything about the behavior of others, I can certainly change my own. If you’re looking to ‘green’ your lifestyle as well, I’ve collected some simple tips for you. I’ve separated them into categories, so that you can see how you can save energy and go green in many different areas of your life. You’re going to be surprised how easy it is to live green.

Shopping/Food

Buy Local Produce – If the produce doesn’t have to be shipped, just think how much energy has been saved. Farmer’s Markets are all over the place in the spring and summer, so see if there’s one in your area. I look forward to this time every year because I love fresh vegetables.

Shop Online – If you shop online instead of driving your car from store to store, you’ve just conserved energy. See how easy that was? You save money, too: Online prices are competitive with brick and mortar stores. Sometimes they’re even better, in fact.

Buy in Bulk – There are many places online where you can buy cases or half cases of products. For example, let’s say you give your child Flintstones chewable vitamins once a day: A half case is approximately a year’s worth of vitamins and you will save about 25% on the cost of the product. Buying vitamins one time yearly means it only has to be shipped once, saving energy.

Reduce Paper

Get Bank/Credit Card Statements Online – Most banks and credit card companies give you the option of getting your statements online only. You will reduce the amount of paper generated and mailed, saving not only trees but energy as well.

Pay Your Bills Online – Did you know if every household in the US did this, we’d save 18 million trees a year? That’s a staggering amount.

Get Rid of Junk Mail – Ecocycle has a great tutorial on stopping junk mail from coming to your home. You don’t really want all that junk in your mailbox, anyway, do you? Save a tree and stop the junk mail from clogging your mailbox.

Home Tips

Switch to Fluorescent Bulbs – Did you know if everyone in the US switched to fluorescent lighting, it would be the equivalent of having one million cars taken out of the picture?

Turn Off Your Computer at Night – You’ll save energy if you turn your computers off at night instead of just putting them to sleep.

Recycle – Yes, I know you’ve heard this about a million times, but there’s a reason for this. Did you know that glass takes a million years to degrade? Also, only about 27% of plastics are recycled – that’s a shameful number, in my opinion. Do your part, and keep plastic out of our landfills.

Don’t Run the Water – You’ll save about 4 gallons of water every time you turn the water off while brushing your teeth. If you run a sink of water to rinse dishes in before putting them in the dishwasher, you’ll save about double that.

Use Cold Water – When washing clothing, use cold or warm water instead of hot. There’s not a huge benefit in using hot water to wash clothing, but there’s an energy savings if you don’t.

These are only a few things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and lead a ‘green’ life. There’s nothing hard on this list and they don’t take a lot of effort; in fact, some of them actually make your life easier and save you money. Try going green for a month and see how simple it is. Do your part, and help save the Earth.

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