One of my goals this year was to live a little greener. You know, being a bit more conservation minded so future generations can also enjoy our planet. Here are 8 easy (and cheap) tips to jumpstart your own green efforts.
- Use rechargeable batteries. Between remotes, wall clocks, and gizmos/gadgets you will not only save money long-term on battery purchases but will also keep them out of landfills.
- Heat or A/C only the rooms you use. If you have unused rooms, close the vents and doors for more efficient use of resources. Added benefit: saving $$$ on your utility bills.
- Install a low-flow shower head and shorten your shower time. Easy ways to conserve water and lessen the environmental impact.
- Start using Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs (CFL). According to EnergyStar, if every home replaced just 1 light with a CFL we would “prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars”.
- Recycle used products. Nearly every community has a recycle center, use yours.
- Opt out of unsolicited mail. Save a tree and eliminate junk mail.
- Buy/install a programmable thermostat. Pre-program it to regulate the temperature when you want it most. Cost savings on both energy consumption and equipment use.
- Use reusable bags for shopping (if creative, make your own).
- Bonus (a little more expensive): Replace an existing appliance with an Energy Star rated model.