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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