It’s earth month! Want to go green but just don’t know where to start? Here are 40 small, easy ways to make green choices around our homes. Start by choosing at least three that you’re not already doing, and make a point to do them this year. Perhaps they’ll become a habit. Get your friends involved! Ask 5 of your friends and coworkers to join you in building a sustainable lifestyle.
40 Go Green Tips
- Run the dishwasher only when it’s full.
- Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
- Take the 2 mile challenge. If your errands are equal to or less than 2 miles, get some exercise and save some gas by walking instead.
- Perfect documents before you print. Run grammar and spell check to eliminate careless mistakes. Then preview your document in print preview.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk. You’ll save water every time.
- Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
- Turn off lights when you leave the room.
- Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. You could save hundreds of gallons a month.
- Did you know every gallon of gasoline burned produces 19 pounds of carbon dioxide, so every gallon really does make a difference. Link here and follow these simple tips to save on CO2 emissions and fuel. Then, check out this gas calculator lets you compare the fuel economy of any new vehicle to a hybrid gas-electric car.
- Conserve water by performing a “leak detection test”: Take off the tank lid and flush the toilet. Drop in a leak detection tablet or food coloring. Wait 10 minutes. If there are any leaks, the water in the bowl will turn the color of the tablet or food coloring. You can get the tablets at any hardware stores and in some cases it free.
- Fly with an e-ticket. Processing a paper ticket costs airlines approximately $10, while processing an e-ticket
costs only $1. Plus, it helps the planet!
- Shine your shoes with vegetable oil. Use a damp cloth to wipe away dirt, then apply a small drop of oil to a soft cloth and rub the surface to remove scuff marks.
- Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.
- Switch all your light bulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few). Did You Know? If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.
- Put a stop to unsolicited mail — sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers. While you’re at it, go ahead and make sure you’re on the “do not call” list, just to make your life more peaceful. Optoutprescreen.com Donotcall.gov
- Give a plant instead of cut flowers. It’ll help the atmosphere and last longer.
- Go to a car wash. Professional car washes are often more efficient with water consumption. If everyone in the U.S. who washes their car themselves took just one visit to the car wash, we could save nearly 8.7 billion gallons of water.
- Order lunch together at the office. There will be less energy wasted on deliveries and less packaging with bulk orders.
- Save some paper. Go for a cone over a cup for your ice cream.
- Don’t plug your cell phone in overnight. A battery only needs a couple hours to charge. You’ll save some energy!
- Consider natural cleaning products or making your own.
- Plant a Tree – It’s good for the air, can keep you cool, and can increase your property value.
- Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver.
- Skip the delivery. Bring meals in from home using reusable packing options.
- Stop Idling. Every moment you spend idling your car’s engine means needlessly wasting gas, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for startup. Overall, Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year, worth around $78.2 billion.
- PRINT ON TWO SIDES! It’s not that hard to print on both sides of the paper. Even though, most software programs give that option, most of us still print only on one side of the page. Consider this: the U.S. alone uses 4 million tons of copy paper annually, about 27 pounds per person. Save dough and your local landfill. Print on two sides.
- Get rid of junk mail – There are many services that can help you get rid of junk mail. That will lead to a lot less trees being cut down to take up room in your mailbox. Link here.>
- Recycle old electronics, including those cell phones! Tips on how to recycle your old computers, cell phones, monitors and televisions.> Link here.>
- Cleaning out your pet’s bowl? Use the nutrient-rich water to water your plants.
- Dry loads of laundry back-to-back. You’ll use the leftover heat to shorten the length of time needed to dry each load.
- Start carpools for community events.
- Re-purpose your mascara wands. Try cleaning off your old mascara wands and use them as eyebrow brushes.
- Donate old items and save the receipt for a tax deduction.
- Take shorter showers. How fast can you shower and still get clean?
- It can take around 1,800 gallons of water to produce the cotton used in one pair of jeans! Repair jeans or buy used instead.
- Skip bottled water. Did You Know it takes 3 times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it?
- Wash fruits and veggies in a pan of water instead of under the running faucet.
- Never pour clean water down the drain. Why not water a plant with it?
- Plant an herb garden. It’s good to have a reminder around of where our food originates, and this one is super easy.
- Jar Reuse: Lunch To go! Whether you are in need of a quick lunch or to-go meal, salad in a jar is the solution. It can be made a hundred different ways so that you’ll never get bored. Also, the containers are reusable.
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