Top 10 Green Tips
A full bath uses about 75 gallons of water. A shower?..only 10-25. Put a little timer in the bathroom to keep those showers energy efficient and water saving. Low flow shower heads will conserve water and save money.
Compost and Save!
Compost improves soil. You can make it with your own food scraps too. This will save the expense and additional garbage generated by throwing it out and compost helps soil retain nutrients and water and helps plants grow strong. Grass clippings work much the same way...leave 'em, don't bag 'em.
Alternative transportation is a winner. Busses, Trains, Carpools and Bikes. Walking too! Good for the environment and good for your health. Do it just twice a week and you can reduce your green house gas emissions by about 1,600 pounds per year. Telecommute, if you can. It's economical, environmental and fun!
Don't be a Drip!
Fix those leaky faucets. A leak can waste thousands of gallons of water per year. Check your water meter before and after a period of time when you know that no water is being used. You may find a leak you did not know about.
Go CFL. If every American replaced just one conventional light bulb with a Compact Fluorescent Light bulb, We would save enough energy to light 3,000,000 homes per year.
One Man's Trash...
Is another man's treasure. Don't trash it, re-use it. T' shirt stained? Tie dye it!. Card board tubes are great for little fury animals like gerbils and hamsters, egg cartons are great for starting seeds, cans are great for pencil holders and jars are a green alternative for packaging homemade treats like cookies, candy, soups and sauces. Use the Buddy System. Swap stuff you're sick of and books you've read.
Recycling isn't just for Cans anymore!
Definitely keep up with bottles and cans but there is more! Electronics have tons of stuff inside that can be re-used like copper and gold and other natural resources. We can prevent unnecessary mining and pollution caused by the discarding of some pretty hazardous waste.
We've all got 'em. We just have to remember to bring 'em. Keep re-usable shopping bags in the car. Think about combining your purchases into one bag when strolling thru the mall.
Fill it Up!
Make sure to run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads. Energy star models can cut water consumption to a fraction. No need to pre-rinse those dishes before washing. Scraping over rinsing can save 20 gallons of water per load. That's water and money down the drain.
Watch for excessive idling. It pollutes the air and wastes the fuel. Encourage the use of clean diesel. There are new technologies that pollute less.
Adapted from the EPA's Green Tips