Go Green and Save Green

December 8, 2009 | 68 Comments

 

Climate change is all over today’s news. It seems like everyone’s “going green.” We’re glad so many people now want to take action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably. Let’s start now.

We’ve partnered with the Million Car Carbon Campaign to help you find ways to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. This campaign is uniting conscious consumers around the world to prevent the emissions-equivalent of 1 million cars from entering the atmosphere each year.

Keep reading for 10 simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

  • Save energy to save money.
  • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
  • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
  • Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying
  • Save water to save money. Take shorter showers to reduce water use and install a low-flow showerhead. 
  • Less gas = more money (and better health!). Walk or bike. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your health and reducing your risk of obesity.
  • Eat smart. If you eat meat, add one meatless meal per week. It will save on environmental and health costs. Buy local meat, eggs and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
  • Skip the bottled water.  Use a water filter instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
  • Think before you buy. Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Consider a service like Craigslist of FreeSharing to track down furniture. Check out garage sales or consignment stores.
  • Borrow instead of buying. Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
  • Buy smart. Buy in Bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging. Wear clthes that don’t need to be drycleaned.
  • Keep electronics out of the trash. Keep your cell phones, computers and other electronics as long as possible or donate or recycle them.
  • Cleaning supplies. Make your own cleaning supplies with baking soda, vinegar, lemon and soap.  

Source: www.WorldWatchInstitute.com


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