Peachy Green: 10 Tips for Going Green the Easy Way

Peachy Green: going green can be peachy!
Peachy Green: going green can be peachy!

I have only ever used the word peachy with a hint of sarcasm. You need to know that right off the bat. I think going green can be a very serious undertaking and should not be done without total, 100% commitment to all things green. Make that peachy green. No sense of humor is allowed. This will not be fun. This will hurt. In an act of defiance you may run screaming from your computer, looking for an axe to cut down some trees.

"Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find." ~Quoted in Time

Change can be hard for us all. Going green doesn't have to be painful. It doesn't have to cost you a lot of money (it may save you some) and you won't have to give up every last thing you treasure. You can take baby steps like me and it will be peachy for you, your family and the environment.

Why Go Peachy Green?

Don't we all, deep down, want to do the right thing for the environment? I know that I won't be buying a Smart Car or a Prius for my family, unless we are forced to change professions and join the circus. We definitely would look like a bunch of clowns packed into a miniature car. Luckily, there are many other things we can do to be green that won't cause even the slightest bit of pain or embarrassment. In fact, it may even make us feel good.

The difficult part, in my opinion, is figuring out what the best choices are for your specific situation, family and the environment. There is so much conflicting information out there in all areas of green, from healthy eating to ethically responsible clothing, to what kind of car you should drive. There's confusion. Lots of it.

My suggestion is to start with the simple stuff. Stuff you feel comfortable changing that doesn't require too much research. That way you can immediately start improving your life and the world around you with the smallest investment of time and money that a lazy environmentalist could hope for. Remember, there are many shades of green. You don't have to be perfectly green. Find the shade that works for you and your family.

Watch the following video for some peachy tips on going green.

Simple Ways to Go Green. Warning! This May Make You Laugh!

A Peachy Poll

How green are you?

  • Deeply darkly greenly. Kermie looks pale next to me.
  • Lightly greened with sugar on top.
  • Peachy Green- on my way kicking and screaming.
  • Not green. Just a peach.
  • Not a peach. Just kicking and screaming.
See results without voting

Reading Peachy Green With Zinio

10 Easy Ways to be Peachy Green at Home

  1. Close draperies or blinds in the evening or on excessively cold days. This can be as effective at retaining the heat in your home as storm windows. Lined draperies are most effective. Fact: Non-insulated draperies cut heat loss by 1/3, insulated draperies by 1/2
  2. Reduce the brightness of your TV screen and cut your TV's consumption of power by 30-50%. The factory setting is usually much brighter than necessary. For LCD TV's, try turning down the backlight.
  3. Make an effort to unplug appliances. This simple effort will cut your electric bills by 10%!
  4. In the kitchen, don't preheat the oven unless you are cooking very sensitive things like pastry. Turn off the heat a few minutes before the food is done.The oven will stay warm enough to finish the job.
  5. Keeping the coils on the back of your refrigerator clean can improve efficiency up to 30%.
  6. Use eco-friendly cleaning products. Making your home non-toxic has many benefits for the environment and your family! Don't forget to switch to non-toxic dishwasher detergent, which is responsible for a large percentage of indoor air pollution.

  7. Take short showers instead of leisurely baths. You will save,on average, 10 gallons of water.

  8. Wash your clothes in cold water, using 40% less energy than hot water.
  9. Tumble dryers use a great dealof energy. Hang to dry if you can. If not, run loads back to back so you are using it while it is still warm. Keep all vents clear for optimum efficiency.
  10. Drive peachy green. Even if you can't squeeze your family into a Prius or squeeze a Prius into your budget, there are still ways to reduce your carbon footprint from behind the wheel. So slow down (faster driving uses more fuel), avoid excess weight (110lbs=2% less fuel efficiency) and use your car's flow through ventilation system instead of the A/C when possible.

Respect Nature: Quotes

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago. ~Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages. ~Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, États et empires de la lune, 1656

Raising Peachy Green Kids

Team Peachy Green

If you want more peachy green tips, would like to learn about renewable energy, or are interested in hearing a personal perspective on going green, I simply must suggest you check out PeachyGreen!

Peachy Green is a joint blog created by my favorite HubPages author StephHicks68, and (you guessed it) me! Ok -truth be told, we do have one more member of our team from HubPages, but his identity is top secret. He is our brilliant seo and marketing guy and I will not reveal his true identity. So if you are a blogger, stop thinking about stealing him from us. All I can tell you is that he is at this moment working diligently, surrounded by computers.

Anyway, we came together to share our knowledge and create a blog about living green that people could relate to. Not too heavy on the technical stuff, we are always looking for a good laugh while trying to incorporate all things green and peachy into our very busy lives.

For the record, I have a fair amount of meltdowns (as you may already know) when it comes to our little joint venture. They're getting used to me. We are learning to work together with ease, even though we are thousands of miles away from each other.

So, do you really, really want to know what StephHicks is really, really like? I know, she doesn't appear to have any flaws, issues, or a need for sleep. She has overcome the dreaded "mommy brain" ( I'm still working on it) and she manages to care for and love 4 super cute kids while juggling her full-time career as an environmental lawyer with blogging, hubbing and training for a marathon all while balancing on one foot atop of an enormous bouncy ball. Can you say wonder woman? I just ordered her a custom made green leotard and cape embellished with a giant peach emblem for her to sport while flying over Bend, Oregon in her invisible solar powered jet.

Seriously though...Steph is a powerhouse of information regarding all things peachy green and has positive attitude that is contagious. She has even inspired me to break out my old running sneakers, which has led me into a very serious marathon of contemplating running. I will share my deeply profound insights at another time. Back to Peachy Green.

You will also find a few guest posts by popular hubber Robie2, and other hubbers soon to come! So stop by and say hello to us, leave a comment and be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don't miss a peachy green beat.

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NYLady 7 years ago from White Plains, NY

Wow, you guys are a bunch of over-achievers! Enjoyed the hub and will do a few of the things you recommend. Never knew that about the fridge coils, for example. A weekend job for my husband, don't ya think? I'll check out the blog -- sounds interesting.


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Great ideas. I love how you presented it. Excellent hub.


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi NYLady! Thanks for checking out the blog. :) I didn't know about the fridge coils until recently - and my husband was not easily convinced that it was worth the effort!

Glad you enjoyed it Uninvited Writer - thanks so much! :)


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Rob Jundt 7 years ago from Midwest USA

Great hub, and an even better blog. Keep up the good work.

BTW: Is that a Wordpress blog?


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Rob! Thank you! The blog is like my baby. :) Yes, it is a Wordpress blog. It's the Amazing Grace theme by Vladimir Prelovac. He is a really excellent developer - his pluggins are incredible! Can you tell I like his work?!


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

amy jane,

what a fine baby you have here. looks like it will grow fast and multiply well.

many happy returns.


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

:) Thanks Benson...it is peachy I suppose!


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Sony G 7 years ago from West New York

Great Hub and Extremely informative Amy. I knew and used a couple of your tips in the hub like washing clothes with cold water and using non toxic products. I really believe in safe guarding the environment so you have two thumbs up on this one. Another thing that is really useful in saving energy is setting your a/c according to your real needs rather than at a constant temperature. For example lowering the temperature a couple of degrees when you are not at home during the winter or switching off the aircon during summer.In some models you can even use a timer to set it on an hour before you return so that you will not any discomfort due to the heat. Hope this helps....


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PenmanZee 7 years ago

Great hub and good tips. The first video mentioned electronics devices not in use and I remembered walking by my office and noting that it looked like a flight console in the dark. Lights everywhere. Got to do something about that.


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solarshingles 7 years ago from london

Amy, I did your Peachy Green Poll and I came out as 'Not green' and 'Just a peach'. I really need to admit that I loved that peach photo and that I like peaches:) It looks so tempting and just asking to be taken...


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Congratulations on launching PeachyGreen! The site looks great and the content is so very valuable. I wish you all lots of success.

Best regards, Sally


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Amy - I am late to the peachy party! Just ran the Portland Marathon yesterday and am recovering in my hotel room (before I don my cape again - good one!!) I wish I had an invisible solar powered jet in which to fly back to Bend today.... But seriously everyone, Amy has not bragged about herself in this Hub and I may have to follow up with another hub to reveal her amazing accomplishments both at HubPages and on Peachygreen! Not to mention, she is a kind, patient person. Our Peachygreen experience has been so positive. I encourage all to stop by, read some of our posts and definitely subscribe to the RSS. Its quite peachy!


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Melissa G 7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Great hub and great blog site! Thanks for inspiring us all to do our part in keeping the planet clean, green, and beautiful!


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childcen 7 years ago from New Zealand

Great presentation of this hub. And the pics look just great. Where did you get those?


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Sony, thanks for the extra tips on saving energy! Glad you enjoyed this. :)

PenManzee, I am imagining your office...hmm...where have I seen something like that before? Oh yes, my husbands office! I'm just as bad sometimes (but getting better). I have been known to forget to shutdown my computer at the end of the day. I like to have it ready and waiting in case I wake up in the middle of the night...:)


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Ervin, I'm not surprised at all at your poll results! You are a peach. Now you just have to go peachy green...

Sally, thanks so much for the good wishes!

Hi Steph! Thanks for saying such nice things about me. I really enjoy working with you...I'll borrow that jet sometime.:)


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Melissa, thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Clean and green is the way to go!

Hi Childcen, thanks for reading. I usually use flickr for photos...but this was a special occasion, so I bought them.:)


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

Wonderful Hub. Thumbs up!


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Patty!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Peach skin gives me the heepee jeepees, but I like your blog. I have read it a few times.


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stevemark122000 7 years ago from Southern California

Amy, thanks for putting together this very useful hub. Nice Job!


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Lol SweetiePie! My daughter feels the same about peach skin! Thanks for reading our blog - glad you like it. :)

You're welcome, Steve. Thanks for stopping by. :)


Eddie Perkins 7 years ago

Amy,

I enjoyed. Very well thought out and written hub.

Cute video.

Keep the great hubs coming. ~ eddie


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Eddie! I thought that video was cute too. :)


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desert blondie 7 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Peachy Green! Clever 'umbrella' for a variety of Green Topics!  And lucky for the planet, with our economy so screwy right now....saving money, energy, natural resources it's good for each of us and all of us! As I said in another hub...who knows, maybe we'll be digging in Victory Gardens, but we'll call them "bailout gardens," and find other ways to conserve resources and reduce waste for the sake of our own good as well as the planet's.

No mention of CF light bulbs here...any reason? Do you know something 'bad' about them I don't? We're told they are great energy savers...and I'm getting used to their funky blue-ish shade of light.  What do you Peachy Green folks think of them? 


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California

I'm glad to know that I am not the only one, who just loves that "peachy" green picture:-) Delicious!

Thank you for these great tips, suggestions, and advice - for going green:-)

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

A wonderful idea to go peachy green. Wishing you all the best. ~Dottie~


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entertaininstyle 7 years ago from Southern California

Thanks for this hub. I admit, I am a little like the girl in the hilarious video... "What does energy efficient mean?" :) Its time I start doing something and your hub makes this daunting process seem a little less....daunting. Baby steps!


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

Hi Amy-- I'm a little late to the party as I can't get online too often these days--but i just had to leave a comment here to say Yayyyyy Peachy Green and great hub:-) I'm proud to have been able to contribute a bit to the start of what I know is going to be a wonderful venture for you and the rest of the peachy team. I'll be reading and cheering. Keep up the good work and thumbs up from me:-)


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Desert Blodie! CF light bulbs are super and I wish everyone would switch to them! The girl in the video talks about them. :) There is a lot of green to be covered!

Hi LDSNana, it's such a cute peach picture! Thanks for reading. :)

Thank you for your kind words, Dottie!

Entertaininstyle, I thought that video was hilarious because I feel lke that sometimes myself. The composting issue...still...I want to do the right thing but... :)


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Robie,

I'm so glad you had a chance to stop by. Thanks so much for lending your voice here and on Peachy Green. It is so appreciated! It's always a treat to "see" you. Thanks again. :)


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Karen Ellis 7 years ago from Central Oregon

Thamks, there were a few tips here I didn't know about.


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

You're welcome, Karen! Thanks for reading. :)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Amy, I just went and visited Peachy Green Blog. Wow, its very nice! Here's a green thumbs up to you and Steph LOL Will be bookmarking it :)


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks so much for the support Michelle!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

These are great ideas. We've begun to act on a few of these and they really do work!!!!! High five to all of you even the secret ones.


Jana Dee 7 years ago from Tennessee

I never would have thought that the TV brightness would be a factor! Wow! I also found out leaving your cell phone charger plugged up is a pretty big energy zapper. Thanks for sharing-


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi RGraf, thanks so such! These tips really do work to reduce your energy consumption and bill. I was shocked - sreiously when I got my energy bill and saw the difference after implementing such small changes. It's great for the environment and the wallet. :)

Hi Jana Dee - the TV is a big factor! I wasn't aware of that one for a long time. All the little things add up. Once you get in the habit of making these changes, it becomes second nature...and you start looking around for more ways tpo save energy and reduce waste!

Thank you both for reading. :)


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ambersmith 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Amber! I hope these green tips were helpful.


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elitesystem 7 years ago from VA, USA

it is a great hub indeed! :)


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you Elitesystem!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Excellent hub. Thumbs Up!


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AKKessinger 4 years ago from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota

Awesome hub. I loved how it was set up and you presented your thoughts. Thanks for the info. :)

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