Making the World a little Greener – a few small suggestions that can make a big difference
Here is a great list of things you can do to make your life a little greener. While all of these recommedations aren’t always feasible – such as hanging laundry outside to dry (I know how cold it is back East right now!), there are still a few things from this list that might help you make small changes in your every day life. Keep it simple, and do the best you can!
- Change to Fluorescent Bulbs – If every house in the United States changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets.
- Hang Outside to Dry – Get a cloths line or rack to dry your cloths. Your cloths will last longer and you will save money
- Use Both Sides of Paper – if you have a printer with a double sided print option use it. You will save half of the amount of paper you would have normally used.
- Get rid of baths – Do not take baths, take showers. You will in average save about half the amount of water that you would if you were taking a bath.
- Do not get bottled water – Instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water. Also you can get a filter to make your home tap taste more like bottled water. It is definitely more cost efficient.
- Shorten your shower – Every minute you cut from your shower is roughly 5 gallons of water. The less time your shower takes, the lower your impact on the environment.
- Recycle Glass – If you do not recycle this, it will take a million years to decompose.
- Turn Down your Thermostat – Every degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer you put it is a 10 percent decrease on your energy bill.
- Turn off your lights – An easy one. Turn off your lights when you are not using them. The benefits are obvious.
- Do not get a paper phone book – Instead of getting a paper phone book. Use a online directory instead.
- Give things away – Take things that you are not going to wear or use and give it to a charity or someone who will use it.
- Go to a car wash – Going to a car wash is a lot more water efficient then washing your car at home.
- Buy Rechargeable Batteries – Even though it will take a good investment to buy these you will find yourself gaining it back in no time.
- Pay your Bills Online – If every house in the US did this then we would save 18 million trees every year.
- Get a reusable bag – You can not recycle plastic bags, instead get yourself a reusable bag so that you will not have to worry about carrying your necessities.
- Inflate your Tires – If your tires are inflated at all times your car will run more miles on less gas.
- Plant a Tree – It is good for the air, can keep you cool, and can increase your property value.
- Walk or Ride Your Bike When you can – If you have to go somewhere close consider riding your bike or walking there instead of your car. It is better on the environment and healthier.
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