Our Top Ten Eco Friendly Tips
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
This is a standard for every earth conscious individual. Smart consumers are producing less waste by practicing the “3 R’s:” Everything from glass, plastic, newspapers, aluminum cans, used motor oil, and batteries can be recycled or reused. Many cities and municipalities have recycling programs for you to use, making it easy to be green. Besides, if you won’t do it…who will?
Use Non Toxic Cleaning Products
Did you know there are many inexpensive, natural alternatives that can safely be used in place of commercial, chemical based household products? Things like vinegar, baking soda, and citrus oils are fantastic alternatives to help you create a non toxic, eco friendly household.
When its time to decide between paper and plastic when at the grocery store, you should choose…neither. Paper means fewer trees, while plastic is artificial and takes just short of forever to decompose. The better choice is to use a canvas cotton bag, preferably made with organic cotton or hemp.
Change Your Lightbulbs
A very simple but often overlooked way to be eco friendly is to use a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) While they are more expensive than regular light bulbs, they are more energy-efficient, last longer and will save you money in the long run.
Turn Down your Thermostat
Studies show that 50 to 70% of a household’s energy budget is spent on heating and cooling. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you will save nearly 3% of your heating bill. The same process applies to air conditioning when done in reverse. Just think how much energy could be saved if more people tried this method.
Eliminate Junk Mail
With millions of trees and billions of gallons of water being used to send junk mail to Americans every year, eliminating junk mail can have a huge influence. You can stop the vast majority of unsolicited mail by signing up with greendimes. For $20 they will stop 90% of your junk mail and even plant 10 trees for you:
Avoid Idling your Engine
Idling for any length of time burns more far more gas than it takes to restart the car When you're waiting in your car and will be stationary for more than 10-15 seconds, it pays to turn off the engine.
Be a Yokel, Buy local
Local food sources are far more Eco Friendly than those that may have traveled a thousand miles to get to your table. Find local food sources as farmers markets and local grocers. Using local food saves energy as well as providing a more fresh and tasty meal.
Buying organic foods and clothing means you are eliminating unnecessary pesticides and insecticides from entering our waterways and ensuring that you are feeding yourself and your family the very best.
Create a Green Home
A Green Home eliminates many of the “environmentally unfriendly” dangers by using natural products that actually work better than their chemical counterparts. Additionally, a green home focuses your living space on those things that bring peace and happiness to all involved. Consider the benefits of using filtered water in your energy efficient, feng shui designed, ergonomically correct household. That may sound like a mouthful, but the benefits will leave mother earth proud!
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