GOING GREEN TIPS: Help Our Planet and Save Money
GOING GREEN essentially means altering your activities in such a way that you are helping the environment rather than hurting it.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the talk about GOING GREEN. But you can make a positive impact by making quick and simple changes. BABY STEPS!
The intent of this article is to keep it simple and uncomplicated! It is my hope that many of these ideas will easily stick with you and truly make a difference. Here we go:
GET INVOLVED IN EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES April 22 annually
MAKE YOUR OWN NON-TOXIC EARTH-FRIENDLY HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS and save money too
WRAP GIFTS IN NEWSPAPER, reuse gift bags or simply don’t wrap them at all
USE YOUR COMPUTER ENERGY SAVING FEATURES whenever possible
USE A DISHWASHER instead of hand washing dishes, run it only when it is full, and turn off the "heat dry" cycle
LET YOUR DISHES AIR DRY by opening your dishwasher at the end of the washing cycle
ELIMINATE USING DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS that end up in our landfills
CHOOSE ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS for all your lighting needs
SET YOUR CLOTHES WASHER TO COLD WATER or warm only if necessary, not hot
LINE DRY YOUR CLOTHES instead of using the clothes dryer
UTILIZE REUSABLE BAGS for all your shopping needs
TURN OFF THE LIGHTS when leaving a room
RECYCLE PAPER, GLASS, PLASTIC and anything else you can
TURN DOWN YOUR THERMOSTAT just a couple degrees in Winter
TURN UP YOUR THERMOSTAT just a couple degrees in Summer
UNPLUG APPLIANCES that are not in use
GO PAPERLESS by paying your bills on-line
TURN THE WATER OFF while brushing your teeth
TAKE COOL, QUICK SHOWERS not as often
BUILD YOUR OWN RAIN BARREL to conserve water
START A CAR POOL or use public transportation
RIDE A BIKE or WALK instead of drive
PLANT A TREE in your yard
ADOPT A PET and have them spayed/neutered
USE BIODEGRADABLE BAGS for your pet waste
USE ECO-FRIENDLY CAT LITTER for your feline friends
BUILD A COMPOST in your back yard
BUY REFURBISHED ELECTRONICS from trusted manufacturers
STOP SMOKING cigarettes and anything else that ads pollution to our air
BUY A HYBRID CAR the next time you need to purchase a vehicle
DONATE ITEMS that may be useful to others
VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY to help with their reduce/reuse and recycle programs
CONTINUE TO EDUCATE YOURSELF on ways to GO GREEN
Embracing a greener lifestyle isn't just about helping to preserve our planet earth. Taking baby steps to GO GREENER means improving your health, adding more to your savings account, and ultimately, improving your overall quality of life.
What other "easy to go green" ideas do you have?
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