Living Green Tips
I have so many ideas floating around in my head that I think others may be able to use, I want to share them. This page is just the first in a series of pages about living a greener life. I hope this will help you make small but real lifestyle changes that can improve how you impact the environment. Many of these ideas can also help you save money. Take your time and think about how you can change your habits. Which ideas you are interested in. What I write here may not "fit" into your daily life but that's OK. We all have very different lives. Writing theses pages is one of the ways I hope to help. Use what you can and ignore the rest. But please try them before you make a decision.
Here's one simple change you can make today.
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Here is a list of things you can start to do today. Some you may already know but I hope you find something new to add to your daily routine. One suggestion I have for anyone trying to add or change their daily habits is don't overwhelm yourself. Pick one or two things to do and do them for a week or two to see how they "fit" in your life. Do they really work for you? If not try something else that can give your a similar result. If they are working add a another new idea.
1. Put covers on your pots when you are boiling water. (Saves energy & money)
2. Shut off the lights when you leave a room. (Saves energy & money)
3. Turn your computer off when you leave the house and at night. (Saves energy & money)
4. Use ceiling fans instead of AC when ever you can. You really need to think " At what temperature am I uncomfortable?" Are you just in the habit of leaving the AC on all summer. You can get some great breezes through your home when you open the windows and turn on the ceiling fans. (Saves energy & money)
5. Bring cloth bags to ALL the stores you go shopping. Some stores give you a few pennies for each bag you use in their store. Keep your bags clean. See "Looking for More Information". (Saves energy & a little bit of money)
6. Use re-chargable batteries when ever you can. When you have to use throw aways find out where you can drop them off to be recycled. We have one right in our Borough Hall. Finally, don't buy sneakers or shoes that light up or make noise. They have batteries. I have never come across a way to recycle those batteries. (Saves energy & money)
7. Use compact florescent light bulbs. Shop around for price breaks on multi packages of bulbs. Make sure the fluorescent you buy are comparable to the bulbs you are replacing. (Saves energy & money)
8. Pass on clothes you don't use, want or someone has outgrown. You can talk to your friends and family and start a clothes chain. I have a few going and don't need to buy as many cloths for my 3 kids as I use to. Sometimes I even get something nice for myself. (Saves energy & money)
9. Once those cloths are finally so worn you think you need to dump them, don't. Use them for rags to clean really gross things instead of paper towels. The cloth will hold up better during the cleaning process and you can toss them when your done. Socks work great for the bathroom. You can put them over your hand and really get to place you were afraid to go before. (Saves energy & money)
10. Eat less meat. Even if you can only cut out one meat meal a week it will help. Try some of the meatless items out there. They have chicken nuggets and cutlets, bacon, meatballs, and hamburgers just to start. There are so many different types of hamburgers see if there is just one that you can eat. (Saves energy & money)
11. Use a programmable thermostat for central AC and heat. When your not home why is your heat set at 72 degrees? With a programmable thermostat you can turn on the heat about 1/2 hour before you expect to be home so you don't have to wait for the house to heat up. (Saves energy & money)
12. Do your wash with cold water. Sheets are really the only thing that needs to be washed in hot water. Washing them this way will get rid of the dust mites and there "pooh". That's important. But why do you need to do your other cloths in hot or warm water? If something is super dirty, go ahead, but everyday wash just use cold water. (Saves energy & money)
13. Dry cloths on a line. Whether it is a traditional cloths line or just hangers on a water pipe in your basement. Hang up a load or two of cloths each week. (Saves energy & money)
If you want to get stared ASAP you can check out the links to the right that will bring you to various books that can give you ideas all at once. If you want to use any of these books my first Green tip is to check them out at your Library. The library is an often overlooked FREE resource. Not only can you be green by "sharing" a book you can save money too. You can also borrow movies, books on tape and may other useful items there. Make sure you know when each item you borrow is due back to avoid fees. Also make sure you know where/how to return them. Some libraries do not want you to return tapes and DVDs in the book drop. They want you to bring these types of items back to the desk during regular business hours. So go enjoy a good book.
How do you get the books you read?
If you'd rather buy
For the Advid Book Reader
If you're like me and always have a book near by to read, you may want to look at the Kindle. There are several versions. The differences between them are screen size, screen type, and memory size. You can get newspapers and magazines as well as books. Think of all the paper you could save by using one.