Going Green

Reduce your carbon footprint and follow these simple steps on going green. Keep Mother Earth beautiful!

Following these 20 steps are easy, not to mention cost effective.  It’s a win – win situation!  If each person did their part to promote a healthy planet, it would create a world of difference.

1.  Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. If every house in the United States switched to compact fluorescents, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets.

2.  Don’t use that dryer. Hang your clothes out to dry and your laundry will smell incredible!  Not to mention you will save a ton of energy getting into this habit.  Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes. Your clothes will last longer and using less electricity will save money.

3. Turn off the puter’ at night. Just because you are catching some Zzzzz’s doesn’t mean your computer should too.  You will save an average of 4 cents a day and that adds up to $14.60 a year.

4.  If you have to use paper, use both sides. We are living in the digital age people!  It’s more efficient to go digital and is much more cost effective.  But if you have to print on paper, use both sides.  That will save half the amount normally used. Don’t forget to recycle old documents!  And if your office doesn’t recycle, be the first to suggest it to the boss.  It’s super easy!

5.  Don’t buy bottled water. Instead of bottled water, use a reusable container to carry water. Reusable water containers are seen everywhere now, coming in all sorts of fun designs.  A water filtration system in your home is easy to install, for gallons of fresh, purified goodness.  It’s cost effective and easily accessible. It’s also great for cooking!

6.  Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. Mom said this time and time again, and she knows best. You will save 4 gallons of water doing this alone.

7.  Shorten your shower. Every minute you cut from your shower is saving roughly 5 gallons of water.

8. Recycle Glass.  Glass takes a million years to decompose, and we certainly go through a lot of it.  Recycling glass is one of the most important things we can do.

9.Use the cold setting on the washer. Warm if you have to.  This will save a lot of energy a year.

10.  Turn down that thermostatEvery degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer counts.  It’s a 10% decrease on your energy bill.

11. Listen to your Mom!  Turn off the lights and save some electricity. Turn off your lights when you are not using them.  After all we aren’t trying to light the whole neighborhood!

12.  Use matches instead of lighters. Lighters are usually considered disposable so they will most likely end up in land fills. You can use the cardboard matches which are much more eco-friendly because they are made of recycled material.

13.  Give things away. Instead of throwing things out, donate them to charity.  Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure, as Mom used to say.

14.  Stop paper bank statements. Sign up for paperless and have them delivered via email.  Why waste paper having your bank statement mailed to you when you can just check it online.

15.  Mom says don’t be wasteful.  Buy rechargeable batteries. Sure, they cost more upon first glance, but in the long run they will save loads of money.  Think of it as an investment.  Investments are good!

16.  Pay bills online. If every house in the US did this then we would save 18 million trees every year.

17.  Use reusable bags. Mom says it’s fashionable and cool now and she’s right.  Have you ever thought about how many plastic bags from shopping trips you have thrown away in one year?  Get some canvas totes and use them often.  Reduce that carbon footprint significantly.

18.  Inflate your tires. If your tires are inflated at all times your car will run more miles on less gas.

19.  Plant a tree. Mom would be so proud if you did your part to replenish the earth.

20.  Buy Local. Consider how much energy it takes for products from China or any other country to come here. If you have the option to buy local, do it.  It will also benefit our local economy.

15.  Mo

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