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30 Easy Green Tips

Updated on December 30, 2010

30 Green Tips, Short and to the Point!

If you've decided to go green, you can never have too many tips on being greener. That's why I've compiled 30 green tips from my Green Tip of the Day posts on Twitter. Follow me and you can stay updated every day!

Read on and you can find useful tips to make your home more efficient, use less energy, conserve more, recycle more, and reuse more things in your life.

Photo by Kimberly Faye

Green Tips

Eco friendly tips to get you going quick!

1. Invest in a reusable bamboo utensil travel set & eliminate the use of plasticware when at work, on the road or traveling.

2. Make a resolution to conserve more water.

3. Bring your used (burnt out) CFL bulbs to Lowe's or Ikea to properly dispose of them.

4. Replace toxic home cleaners with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Or use another organic all natural cleaner!

5. Try to use major appliances (washer, dryer, disher washer, etc.) during off peak hours to save some money!

6. Reduce use of plastic&paper bags by using reusable totes.Most stores give a credit! Great designs at EcoGreenBags.com.

7. Share a magazine subscription with a friend, not only will you share the cost but you will cut down on the amount of trees used!

8. Keep a beautiful cactus nearby in your office to freshen the air as you work. Read this article by The Daily Green.

9. Donate your old towels to a local animal shelter,clear room in the house & give a furry friend a soft place to rest

10. Save trees & reduce unwanted junk mail by visiting catalogchoice.org to eliminate those unwanted catalogs.

11. Reuse as much as possible to lessen your environmental impact. Recycling is great, but reusing is better!

12. When painting in your house ensure proper disposal of the remaining paint

13. When bringing your lunch to work, use tupperware or reusable containers instead of plastic and paper bags.

14. To reduce wasted energy, be sure to unplug appliances, such as your computer, and power strips when not in use.

15. Save your old coffee grinds and reuse them for great fertilizer for indoor and outdoor plants!

16. Save money and electricty by turning your heat down a few degrees. Your heating bill will thank you too :)

17. When you stop for coffee in the morning bring a resuable mug from home, refills are cheaper & no trash to throw away!

18. Instead of using plastic bags for produce try reusable bags-they are better for the environment & keep produce fresher.

19. Wash your clothes with cold water rather than warm or hot water to save electricty & money on your electric bill.

20. This winter instead of salt which could kill grass &shrubs use Earth Friendly de-icer.

21. Think before you print your emails and attachments, we can save trees by only printing out necessary documents!

22. Make your own birdfeeder with natural components of pinecones, peanut butter & bird seed.

23. Request e-statements for bills instead of paper statements to save trees and never worry about a lost bill in the mail.

24. Invest in an energy audit of your home. For minimal cost you can get tips on where you could become more efficient in your home.

25. To save energy, keep your freezer and fridge well stocked with food, as the food will help retain the cooler temps!

26. When buying recycled paper ensure that it is 100% Post consumer recycled paper, as that is truly recycled paper!

27. Instead of throwing away catalogs that you receive in the mail call the company to be removed from future mailings.

28. To encourage recycling in your house set up a mini recycle center, once full bring them to your local center.

29. Use a shovel instead of a snowblower, not only does it give you a good work out but it is more eco-friendly!

30. When buying a new shower curtain purchase a cotton one to reduce the VOC you breath in & it can be washed over & over.

Birch Tree Photo by Saaby.

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What Do you Do to Be Green? - Tell us about your green lifestyle, and make some green suggestions!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a Girl Scout leader and we are going to use some of your ideas to spread the word locally that the way to go is green! Thanks for all the information!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I recycle everything and use my soapy water left in the sink to water my plants.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for all the good tips, nice lens.

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      nolinel lm 6 years ago

      I really love the pictures on your site...

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      SafeCard LM 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing your ideas. Hope you can make this list longer.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Favorite it. I think you did a great job and your efforts are paid now.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I feel like I have found a kindred spirit. :-) Excellent ideas and resources. Appreciate all that you are doing to help create a greener world.

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      ManojBala 6 years ago

      Well done. Keep it up

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      You're right, there is no such thing as too many tips.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens-loved it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Those are easy tips for going green. Anything to save the greenery of the planet goes without saying that it is worth the effort however small the effort is.

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Chartreuse, you are my hero! Your lens was the one that made me really think about my priorities this year. Trying to go green was the first big step! Thanks for all the hard work and research!

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      thanks, lots of informative ideas on green living. it only shows that living green is not so difficult and everyone can do it.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks! Green Living Eco Friendly Tips

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      JMcG62377 7 years ago

      Great lens! Very good information and use of colors! 5 stars

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      GeothermalVids 7 years ago

      Very cool lens. Thanks for sharing all these green tips.

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      Earth_Friend 8 years ago

      I love these ideas! Becoming green is not easy! Its going to take a while to get into the habits and make a difference. But thanks for the ideas to start!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

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      BunnyFabulous 8 years ago from Central Florida

      Very helpful tips, and great idea for a lens. I appreciate all the extra resources to which you provide links. 5*; and I'm lensrolling it to my lens about rechargeable batteries.

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      Louise0711 8 years ago

      This is a great lens. I am always trying to do as much as possible to stay green and the easier it is to do the better. I liked the tip about keeping your freezer well stocked (I never knew that before). I'm now going to look through some more of your lenses to get some more tips. Thanks!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      We're getting better at living green. Once it becomes a habit, its not hard to keep it up. We've always recycled and now we're trying to get better about reusing things. Our new heat pump cut our electric bill in half and we hope to add another layer of insulation to the attic before fall rolls around again.

      Great lens

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Gmomofive 8 years ago

      You are a featured lens on Green Tips- Quick Fixes, Easy, & Long Haul Choices! this week.

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      I'm so glad you visited my Zazzle Gallery Showcase lens, because it gave me the opportunity to visit yours. I'm a big fan of green tips and this is a lens we can all use. Thank you! I'm going to look you up on Twitter...going there now.

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      Super_Natural 8 years ago

      Great tips! You've done a great job pulling together all this useful information. Please feel free to visit my lens and say hi when you have the chance.

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      ngl 8 years ago

      Good job - and the tips are all easy to implement!

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      Good tips here, 5 stars! Thanks for the tip on bulb recycling. Congrats on the Top 100!

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      Kathryn Grace 8 years ago from San Francisco

      A page after my own heart. I agree, you can never have too many green tips, and you have an excellent collection. I particularly like your suggestion to take reusable produce bags with you to keep plastic bags out of the waste stream and protect produce longer. They work! Easy enough to stuff a few into your reusable shopping bag.

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      Debbie Hawkins 8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Love your page - you've got some great ideas listed! I included a link to it on my page coming up tomorrow "13 ways I saved the world" which is about recycling. I thought your page would be a nice addition!

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      Laiawen 8 years ago

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. I love your lens...those are some great tips!

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens: Good concise summary.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Nice list. My goal is to have a home that is completely independent of the grid someday. Pretty challenging in the Pacific Northwest though. Sun, wind, wha? ;) Maybe I can find a river to perch next to and go hydro.

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      Belindance 8 years ago

      Short and sweet, another great lens with green simple tips to help the environment. Great ideas...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Each time I read a list of green tips I always find myself saying, "Wow, I didn't know that." Lots of useful information, and very succinct. Nice job.

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      MoniqueNelson1 8 years ago

      I love reading tips about going green; there is always something new for me to try! I work for an environmental technology company, so saving the environment is close to my heart. I am particularly focused on #2, saving water. If you want to hear more about what I do, check out my bio. In any case, thanks for the great lens!

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      Bodybychocolates 8 years ago

      This is a great lens and lots of easy to do information for everyone to take a step.

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      urbanfarming 8 years ago

      Cool lens, I´ll try to knock a few of those things asap :)

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      TimeHacker 8 years ago

      Well done, lot of useful tips. 5* :)

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Wise tips that we all benefit from! Thank you.

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      I like it! The ideas are great....something for everyone.

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      JacquelineM LM 8 years ago

      Great lens - packed full of wonderful ideas. Thanks for all the tips!!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Short and to the point...very useful as well. Absolutely love that intro photo!