Ten Going Green Tips

by Peter on May 16, 2012

Going green for most people is associated with Earth’s Day but that should only serve as a reminder of the things we owe to do for our planet with the rest of the days of the year being the ones where we take constant action. We should also keep in mind that going green doesn’t only help the environment but also comes with financial benefits. Below is a list of tips for going green that are easy to follow and in many cases save you also money:

  1. Recycle properly as much as possible and try to do so for all the streams (i.e. aluminum, paper, plastic, batteries etc.) It is a fact that recycling can help the environment and save resources.
  2. Wash your clothes at a cold temperature. Most modern detergents  are now effective with just 30 degrees. Did you know that most of the energy that a washing machine is using is for heating up the water?
  3. Car pool to work. You can save money from gas, wear and tear cost (i.e. tires). You also get rid of the stress of driving every day to work and help reduce our dependency from fossil fuels.
  4. Start using a bicycle for visits to your neighborhood shops instead of a car. This way you save fuel and get some exercise at the same time. If you cannot use a bicycle consider using the public transportation system.
  5. The sun is your friend during winter in conserving energy. Makes sure you open your shades or curtains, especially for the south faced windows, to let the sunrays in to warm your house. During night close your shades to keep the warmth inside the house.
  6. Clothes dryers are one of the appliances at your home that consumes a lot of energy. Buy a clothes line or a rack to hang your clothes to dry whenever is possible.
  7. Avoid putting devices on sleep or standby mode since it is the equivalent of letting on a 75 watts light.
  8. Keep your tires properly inflated and improve your gas mileage by almost 3%. Moreover, when your tires pressure is the right they last longer!
  9.  Pay your bills online and save gas from reducing car trips.
  10. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. This is a no brainer but if you have children at home repetition of the lesson can sometimes be a daily task!

 

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