GREEN TIPS FOR EVERYONE
There are more than one billion homes in the world, and yours is where you use the most energy, water and resources. It's also where you create the most amount of waste. Below are just a few choices you can make to have a big impact on Earth's future.
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AROUND THE HOUSE
When a light bulb burns out replace it with a compact fluorescent light bulb. You'll increase energy efficiency and light output, and because electricity production generates pollution, you'll also help promote cleaner air.
Set your thermostat a degree higher for air-conditioning and a degree lower for heating, and you could save $100 per year on your utility bill.
Clean your dryer lint screen, and don’t overload the dryer. You’ll save up to 5 percent on your electricity bill.
Use your ceiling fans. It costs just a penny an hour to run a ceiling fan versus 16 cents an hour for a room air conditioner and 43 cents an hour for central air.
Recycle your junk mail. The average household receives 1.5 trees’ worth of junk mail each year.
IN THE KITCHEN
Keep the refrigerator door closed! The refrigerator is the single biggest energy-consuming kitchen appliance.
Install water filters to your faucets instead of buying bottled water.
Pack a waste-free lunch. Use a reusable lunchbox, reusable containers, and silverware.
IN THE BATHROOM
Take shorter showers, every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water.
Plug the drain in the tub before turning on the water when you take a bath.
Buy a quality razor with refillable blades. Most disposable plastic razors are neither recyclable nor biodegradable.
IN THE YARD
For flower beds and gardens, use drip irrigation or soaker hoses instead of sprinklers. You can save up to 70 percent of the water you would typically use.
Start a compost pile, put your kitchen scraps from fruits, vegetables, and coffee grounds into a composting bin or container. Add the compost to your garden as fertilizer.
Buy outdoor plants with low water requirements and you could save up to 550 gallons of water per year.
GREEN YOUR OFFICE
Pay your bills electronically. If every household paid just its credit card bills electronically, it would save almost $2 billion a year in postage costs.
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Try using wire-bound notebooks with 20 percent post consumer fiber. They’re cheap and help reduce landfill waste.
While printing, use double-sided pages, and use an inkjet if you can. Laser printers use three hundred watts of electricity, while inkjets use only ten.
GREEN YOUR CAR
Washing your car in a commercial wash is more efficient than doing it yourself.
If you’re planning to buy a new car, consider buying a hybrid. You could conserve more than 20 gallons of gasoline per month than the average vehicle.
If your vehicle has a diesel engine, consider using biodiesel. It's renewable, biodegradable, and free of the sulfur pollutants characteristic of traditional petrodiesel.
Last updated: 6/15/2011 8:59:19 AM