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GOING GREEN TIPS: Help Our Planet and Save Money

Updated on February 3, 2013

GOING GREEN essentially means altering your activities in such a way that you are helping the environment rather than hurting it.

Just taking baby steps will add up and really help our planet!
Just taking baby steps will add up and really help our planet!

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:



WRAP GIFTS IN NEWSPAPER, reuse gift bags or simply don’t wrap them at all


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


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


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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    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Virazoza ~ well gosh, thanks for that awesome list. And for your great feedback too! Take care,


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      Nilesh oza 

      6 years ago from Mumbai

      Switch all your light-bulbs to CFLs.

      Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (star Energy).

      Stop using disposable bags. Order some reusable bags.

      Use cloth bags while you go for Shopping.

      Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.

      Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.

      Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.

      Turn off lights when you leave the room.

      Turn off your computer completely at night or not in use.

      Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.

      Unplug unused chargers and appliances.

      Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.

      Better yet, walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.

      Use by-cycle to go closer shops. instead of Bike or car.

      Support your local economy.

      Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away.

      Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, its sanity saver.

      Reuse scrap paper.Print on two sides,or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.

      Do not print papers unless it is Important.

      Fix leaky faucets.

      Make your own household cleaners.

      Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

      Use solar water heat.

      Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

      Re purpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.

      You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items,and you’ll be saving money.

      Drink tap water instead of bottled water.

      Use cold water to wash clothes.

      Buy products made of recycled content materials.

      When you buy things, ask yourself, "Is it recyclable?"

      Help protect the ozone by not buying aerosol spray cans containing CFCs (check the label).

      Take a reusable cloth or mesh bag to the grocery store, and never again answer the question "paper or plastic?"

      Use a clean, low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent in your laundry. Phosphates ultimately can damage streams and rivers.

      Lead by example and spread the word. Recycle, reduce and reuse whenever possible.

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      Nilesh oza 

      6 years ago from Mumbai

      nice article on go green...very easy steps are here to save our Planet...

      but still some people do not understand this simple ways...

      Thank you..

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Yvonne ~ I agree. It's the small steps that get us to begin to make a difference. Eventually, it just becomes a way of life. I didn't realize that there is no need for air conditioning in Scotland. For me personally, I don't know what I'd do without it when the temps get up in to the mid 80's and beyond. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a very useful hub, because when people see that there are small steps they can take it feels possible. I think a lot of people think it’s too much bother and so they don’t even try but if they can see that even small things make a difference they are more likely to make a start. I certainly began going green in small steps 20+ years ago, recycling paper and buying a few organic vegetables, and gradually increased till I do almost all of these. Living in chilly Scotland there is no need to turn the thermostat up in summer because we don’t have air conditioning!

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      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Sunnie,

      Cloth instead of paper napkins - another good idea! Hmmmm, that would go for baby diapers too :)

      As always Sunnie, thank you for your support!

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      Sunnie Day 

      9 years ago

      Hello Sharyn,

      This has become such a passion of mine the last few years. I am excited to do more as I retire. I just used up the last of our paper napkins and have a basket full of cloth ones. Thanks for a wonderful hub with great ideas.


    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Cool ~ Thanks Kelly for your support!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Up and useful! I can use some help going green:) I know I can adhere to some of this! Lol

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Gosh Harlan, no need to be sorry. I do think it could be misunderstood. But I really am not trying to tell people to wash all their clothes by hand -ha! Anyway, that would be wasting water, right? I think I'll re-word it a little thanks to you.

      Re: Parma - It's a strange name and yet I have heard of it as a city name in several states -wierd!

      Have a good nite!

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      Harlan Colt 

      9 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Sorry, I read it to mean wash your clothes the old fashioned way with a wash board in cold water... my bad. I misunderstood lol. Cute avatar pic too btw.

      P.S. we have a Parma, Idaho not far from where I live here.

      - Harlan

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Harlan,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I do have wash your clothes in cold water toward the top of the list. I'm glad to hear that you do most of these things already. So many ideas on this list are easy to do and a simple reminder for all of us. Thanks again!

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      Harlan Colt 

      9 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      I do most of these. I would add however, if you wash your clothes in a machine, use luke or cold water. This saves energy too. The one thing I don't to is go out to the Earth Day celebrations. Too many7 Socialist Leftist arm-chair environmentalists there to drink the daily mantra right or wrong. I hate when people are mindless sheeple to be cool.

      Good hub tho,

      - Harlan


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