10 Simple Ways to Go Green

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With the news reporting environmental crisis’ that we are headed for, more and more people are choosing to go green. Living a green lifestyle does not have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, many people who opt to go green will save money. Keep reading for 10 simple ways that you, too, can go green.

  1. Save water by investing in a low flow shower head. These shower heads can drastically reduce the amount of water your household uses without much of a noticable change in water pressure. They are inexpensive to purchase and will save you money on your water bill.
  2. Begin replacing your regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). These may be a bit pricey to purchase, but they will pay pay for themselves in the end by lowering your electric bill. Also, CFLs can last up to 10 times longer regular bulbs.
  3. Whenever possible, wash your laundry on the cold setting. Your clothes will be just as clean as if you had washed them on a warm or hot setting, but you will not use as much energy. Also, dry laundry on a drying rack or clothesline if possible, however, if you need to use the dryer, cut drying time by adding dryer balls or a large dry towel.
  4. If you can, begin walking or biking to more places. Not only will you be saving on gas, but you will also be cutting your risk of obesity or cardiovascular problems by exercisizing. If you live too far away to walk or bike, consider carpooling with a friend.
  5. Think twice about what foods you are purchasing. Consider buying organic and/or locally grown and raised foods. Also, save money by having at least one meatless dinner each week.
  6. Recycle, recycle, recycle! Before tossing something into the trash can, consider whether or not it can be recycled. If you are getting rid of big items, like a usuable sofa or old clothes, place a free ad on Craislist or Freecycle and offer it to someone else. You can also donate these items to places like the Goodwill.
  7. Begin making your own cleaning supplies. Many cleaning products found in stores contain harmful chemicals that are not needed to ensure your house gets clean. You will also save money by making your own. You can find many cleaning product recipes online.
  8. Reduce the effects of carbon monoxide by planting a tree. This can be a fun activity to do with your family or a community group.
  9. Unplug your electronic devices when they are not being used. This includes cell phone chargers, TV’s, Stereos, etc. All of these products uses electricity when they are plugged in, even if they are not turned on. Here’s a fun experiment for you to try: Go out to your electric meter and see how quickly it is spinning. Then go back inside and unplug all electrical devices. Recheck the electric meter. Chances are, you will notice a significant decrease in spinning.
  10. Use your appliances during off-peak hours. You can ask your electric department what these hours on, then plan to use appliances, such as the dishwasher or washing machiene, during these hours.
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