Recycling is great, but reusing is the KING!If you need something, does it really need to be brand new?
Browse the classifieds and barter ads to see if you can find what you need.
1. You will save money.
2. You will help conserve the world's resources.
3. You will keep it out of the landfill.
If you have something you don't need, sell it, donate it, or give it away.
1. You can make money.
2. You can help another.
3. You will keep it out of the landfill.
Simple Ways To Go GreenSimple ways to conserve ELECTRICITY
1. Listen to your father, TURN OFF THOSE LIGHTS! Flip that switch when you're leaving the room.
2. Replace ALL of your old light bulbs with new compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). They're now very affordable, use 1/4 the energy and last much longer. In essence, they pay for themselves. Warning! CFL's contain mercury, proper disposal is vital to keep the environment safe. Return them to where they were purchased, or set them out for your recycler to pick up. Never break them or throw them into the trash.
3. Most appliances and electronics use power even when they are turned off. Now in reality you are not going to pull the plug every time you're not using something. But the simple fix is to use a power strip and just flip the switch.
Suggestion: I have a power strip plugged into the outlet, and a second one plugged into it. That way I can leave the cable box and DVD recorder on so I don't have to deal with resetting the clock, and not having a signal when I want to see what's on TV. Everything else is plugged into the second strip and it gets flipped off.
4. Change the filter in your furnace regularly.
5. In the summer, keep your shades pulled, in the winter, keep them open to let the sun in.
Simple ways to conserve WATER in the house
1. Turn off the faucet when you're soaping up while washing your hands, brushing your teeth and shaving.
2. Check all of your faucets and toilets for leaks. Repair or replace any that are leaking.
3. Replace shower heads with water efficient ones. Add a lever to shut off the flow while you soap up without having to readjust the temperature when you flip it back on. You won't even be able to tell you're saving water.
4. Equip all your household faucets with aerators.
5. Run your dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
Simple ways to conserve WATER in the Garden
1. Build a compost bin and dump all your yard waste into it. Mulch lowers water evaporation from your garden.
2. Water the garden and lawn by hand in the morning or evening hours. Be sure to deep-soak them so watering intervals will be longer. You will save much water as well as be outdoors to enjoy nature.
3. Plant flowers in a pot, they will need less water and make your garden beautiful.
4. Collect rain water from your gutters into barrels to water your garden with.
5. Keeping your grass longer in the summer will allow less evaporation, and the roots will thrive off water deeper in the soil.
Simple ways to conserve WATER while washing the car
1. Take you car to the car wash, most now use recycled water.
2. If you must wash it at home, turn the water off when soaping it up.
3. Wash your car on the lawn. Doing so will solve 2 problems with the same amount of water.
4. Keep your car waxed so all you have to do is rinse it off occasionally.
NOTE: Most water agencies offer free products to reduce water use.
Simple ways to conserve GAS
1. No brainer - PARK YOUR SUV! If you're a commuter, calculate how much it costs you in extra fuel to drive your gas guzzler. There's a good possibility you can spend that wasted money on purchasing an economic environmentally friendly car, and actually have something to show for it.
2. Make a plan. When you set out on errands map out a route to save time and money.
3. Make sure your tires are aired up to the MAXIMUM limit, and your engine is tuned properly.
4. Avoid warming your engine up longer than 30 seconds.
5. Drive smoothly. Jack-rabbit starts and hard braking waste gas and increase wear and tear on your car. 6. When you can, ride a bike, walk, or take public trasportation.