Green Tips

Save Energy!

  • Replace several car trips a month with biking or walking li>
  • Replace incandescent lights with energy star-qualified compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Using a laptop instead of a desktop cuts energy use in half. A model with the energy star rating will lose 70% less energy than a non-certified model.
  • Use an electric kettle (as opposed to a stovetop), a toaster oven (rather than a conventional electric oven), and an electric slow cooker (instead of the stove). A toaster oven uses half the electricity of a conventional oven.
  • Choose your home with heightened awareness of how much energy you and your family will need to get to different places.

Save Water!

  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth! You can waste 3 gallons of water for every minute the water is running. Install faucet aerators and high-efficiency showerheads and in a year you'll save between 1,000 and 8,000 gallons of water.
  • Place a container or bucket outside your window to collect rain, which you can then use to water your indoor plants. It eliminates running your faucet. You can also use that water for mopping and cleaning.
  • Hang your clothes to dry, and use the dryer as a last resort.
  • Dishwasher manufacturers refute this, but try it yourself: Wash your dishes most of the time in the sink rather than using the dishwasher. Set the drain plug; squirt in a little dish detergent, add about 2 inches hot water. put glasses in sink,  wash each one and put aside; add another inch or two of water; put plates and silverware in sink, wash each one and put aside; add another inch or two of water; wash pans and put aside. Now rinse each glass, and all dishes and silver one-by-one, running the tap gently until finished. It's almost as fast as doing the dishes in the dishwasher and you've used hardly ANY water or extra energy.
  • Flush the toilet less often, there's really no need to flush every single time unless there's something of significance. At the office a little notice on the inside of the door will let others know it's okay to do so, and the person who previously used it wasn't just forgetful.  Oh, but be sure to wash hands every time.

Save the Earth!

  • Blow grass clippings back onto grass or landscape areas. Using a mulching mower returns nutrients to the soil and helps save landfill space.
  • Wash vehicles and equipment on grassy or pervious areas where soapy water will seep into the ground and replenish our aquifers. Keep equipment well maintained to minimize oil and fuel leaks.
  • Bring reusable bags to the grocery store, or wherever you shop, eliminate plastic bags that can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade!
  • Plant a tree or care for one.
  • Accidentally print two copies of something? Don’t throw it away, cut it up and use it as scrap paper for notes or grocery lists.
  • When you go to buy coffee, bring your own thermal mug, so that you don't waste paper cups and trees.
  • Attending a picnic? Bring your own picnic-ware, cups and cloth napkins in a little bag that you can take home with you. If it's a community or neighborhood picnic you can suggest others do the same.
  • Use cloth napkins at home

Green Cleaning!

  • Use yesterday’s newspaper to clean your windows instead of wasting per towels.
  • Baking soda, white distilled vinegar, and lemon juice, and olive oil are excellent natural cleaners.
For Example:
  • Use a lemon to disinfect your cutting board instead of harsh chemicals.
  • Use olive oil to clean stainless steel.

Green Products:

  • For you apartment renters out there, if you pay for your own electricity and your power company offers clean power (e.g. wind power), consider signing up! Here in Colorado, Xcel Energy offers WindSource, which is just .97< per 100 KWH used. That translates into a few dollars at most per month extra (depending on how much electricity you use). cil And while you're at it, get your apartment management company to consider buying clean power for common areas as well! The more demand for clean power, the less demand for coal, and that's a good thing.
  • For you apartment renters out there, if you pay for your own electricity and your power company offers clean power (e.g. wind power), consider signing up! Here in Colorado, Xcel Energy offers WindSource, which is just .97 per 100 KWH used. That translates into a few dollars at most per month extra (depending on how much electricity you use). And while you're at it, get your apartment management company to consider buying clean power for common areas as well! The more demand for clean power, the less demand for coal, and that's a good thing.
  • Does your power company offer green power or clean power? Check out this EPA link for more information: http://epa.gov/greenpower/
  • In New York, the power company, ConEdison, offers clean energy that you can sign up for: http://conedsolutions.com/residential/greenpowermain.htm

More Ideas and Resources

http://www.thegreenguide.com/ from National Geographic
http://www.greenoptions.com/
http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/livinggreen/
http://www.livingreen.com/
http://www.earthday.net/
http://www.climatecrisis.net/
http://www.lazyenvironmentalist.com/
http://gogreeninitiative.org/
http://dienviro.com/index.aspx
http://www.solarenergy.com/
http://www.solarenergy.org/
http://www.smartenergyliving.org/cm/Home.html
http://www.greenlivingtips.com/
http://www.awea.org/faq/rsdntqa.html
http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/05/24/100loc_b2pud001.cfm
http://www.powermat.com/

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