Many people resist going green because they feel it is too much work or it takes too much time out of their schedules. However, little changes here and there can add up to measurable energy savings. These simple tips can get you moving in a "green" direction.
Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save you an average of 8 gallons of water per day.
Go Old School
Using cloth napkins and real plates instead of paper plates will save trees.
Our grandparents hung laundry out to dry in the fresh air and sunshine. While this is a nice idea, it isn’t very practical in terms of simplifying our daily life. We can, however, look at how we use the clothes dryer. This appliance uses more energy than any other appliance in the house except the refrigerator. Use the "moisture sensor" feature on the dryer. This feature dries clothes until they are just dry.
Go for the Light
As your light bulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). Energy saving bulbs use 75% less energy than regular bulbs and can last up to ten times longer.
Ban the Bag
When food shopping, use paper bags, or even better, bring your own bag (BYOB).
It is estimated that one trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. These bags don’t completely breakdown when discarded. Rather, they become tiny particles that remain in our soil and eventually make it into the food chain.
Be a Turn Off
75% of the power consumed by home electronics takes place while they are turned off but still in standby mode. An easy solution to this is using a power strip for your electronics. When you are done in your office for instance, one flick of the switch turns off everything.