How to Be More Enviornmentally Friendly

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Switch to compact florescent light bulbs (CFL). Even though they do cost a bit more than the average light bulb, you’ll save money in the long run. They last 10 times longer than the average light bulb and use 75 percent less energy. Also, you might as well start now, because by 2012, all light bulbs must be CFLs.

Whenever you can, walk (or bike, or rollarskate, skateboard, etc). Walk your kids to the park instead of driving. Not only are you reducing emissions from your car, you’re also encouraging your kids to exercise.

Put a lid on your boiling water to save energy. Bill Nye the Science guy says that if every US household did this just once, we’d save up to 2.2 million dollars on energy.

Switch your toilet paper to a brand that makes it from 100% recycled fiber. Yes, it’s less soft, but it’s an easy way to be more ecofriendly.

Turn off whatever you’re not using. Switch off the lights, turn off tv, turn off computers and whatever else isn’t being used. Not only are you saving energy, you’ll save money in the process.

Wash your clothes in cold water. Nowadays, there are detergents specifically for use in cold water that clean just as well as detergents used in hot water. If you’re not ready for the switch, use warm water. Warm water uses about half as little energy as hot water.

Pay your bills online. Not only are you saving paper by not mailing in your payment, you can also opt for “paperless billing”. Many credit card companies have this option available. Instead of mailing you a statement every month, you go online and look at your statement. If you don’t have a credit card, many banks also have this option.

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