8 tips to practice being GREEN


Here are 9 tips that can help you practice living more Green from World Watch. 1. Save energy to save money
  • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • UNPLUG appliances when you are not using them or use a smart power strip
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever you can (85% of the energy used to machine wash clothes goes to heating the water)
  • a drying rack or a clothes line
2. Save water
  • Collect rainwater to garden your indoor plants
  • Take shorter showers
  • Install a low flow shower head
  • Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
3. Lower your gas bill
  • Walk or bike to work, this saves gas and parking cost while improving your health!
4. Eat Smart
  • If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs. Purchase from local farms to keep money in the economy, possibly join a CSA in order to reduce the overall cost on produce.
5. Think before you buy
  • Tthink Craigslist, Frontporch Forum, or FreeSharing to track down things you need. Check out garage sales, consignment shops for clothing or everyday items. before buying make sure you have done proper research on what is the good stuff to invest in.
  • Buy Smart - Buy in bulk, purchasing food from bulk bends can save money and packaging. Wear clothes that don't need to be dry cleaned, this saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.  Invest in high quality long lasting products, you might pay more now but you will be happy in the long run when you don't have to replace them as often.
6. Borrow instead of buying
  • Borrow from librians, books or movies
  • Share powertools or other appliances, get to know your neighbors while cutting down things in your closet or garage.
7. Keep electronics out of the trash
  • Kkeep your cell phones, computers and other appliances as long as possible.
  • Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes
  • Recycle your cellphones and batteries
8. Make your own cleaning supplies
  • You can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap. Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality. Check out these surprising natural cleaners!
9. Skip the water bottle
  • Use a purified tap filter instead of buy water bottles
  • In addition, carry around your own water bottle and therms in order to reduce container waste.
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