Wednesday, January 2, 2013
10 Ways to "Go Green" in the New Year
New Year’s resolutions are easy to break. But if one of your resolutions is to live a greener life, here are 10 simple ways to make a real change:
1. Go Cold
Wash and rinse your laundry in cold water. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you’ll save energy.
2. Pitch the Paper
Switch from paper towels to cloth towels. You’ll not only divert lots of waste from landfills, but you’ll save money, too.
3. Pay Bills Online
Switch to e-bills for credit cards and other monthly bills. You’ll save paper and reduce the carbon footprint of the Postal Service.
4. Catch the Rain
Buy or build a rain barrel to collect free water for your lawn and plants.
5. Go Meatless
Once a week, eat like a vegetarian, and help cut down on the greenhouse gases emitted by the livestock industry.
6. Park Your Car
Bike or walk where you can get to in less than 30 minutes. You’ll help the environment and get more exercise. Also, use public transportation when possible.
7. Shop Used First
Before buying new clothes or furniture, shop first at thrift stores, Craigslist, or similar places for recycled or gently used goods.
8. Start Composting
Save your organic kitchen scraps to cut down on waste and get free fertilizer for your lawn and plants.
9. Adjust Your Thermostat
Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer to save energy and cut your heating and cooling costs.
10. Get Unplugged
Unplug appliances when you’re not using them, or use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances aren’t being used and turns the power off.
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