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Don’t let laziness get in the way, put recyclables in the recycle bin and trash in the
trash bin
Don’t throw away that child’s play toy! It might be recyclable.
Know your recyclables:
     Paper: newspapers, phone books, magazines, junk mail, computer paper
     Cardboard: cereal and shoe boxes, cardboard packaging, toilet paper tubes
     Aluminum: cans, clean aluminum foil
     Glass: bottles, jars, condiment and spice containers
     Plastic: soda and water bottles, milk jugs, any container with a 1 or 2 on it
Unscrew you caps, the cap and the bottle itself are made of two different plastics
Re-purpose your plastic: that egg carton could be a nursery for little seedlings and cut
out the bottom of plastic bottles to make plant protectors. But why stop there? Use
different odds and ends to make Styrofoam peanuts into ornaments, or use glass jars
to make festive coin holders
Get mileage form your shoes: leather might be the natural choice, but there’s nothing
natural about the chemicals used during the tanning process. Try to buy shoes made
with organic or all-natural materials such as hemp or organic cotton.
Donate your clothes: if it doesn’t fit, donate it! Don’t let all those unused clothes go
to waste hanging in the back of your closet, donate them to a local charity instead of
throwing them away
Searching for the simple life? Get rid of your stuff - the green way. Search threw your
home for all the items you no longer need or want, and recycle, sell, or donate them to
a worthy cause
Recycle your cell phone: Cell phones contain mercury and lead that could present a
hazard to you and you immediate environment over time. So don’t throw it out! Go to
a cell phone retailer and they will buy and recycle your old cell phone
Swap books and magazines: by swapping books and magazines with friends and
neighbors, you can double up on your reading while helping to reduce waste
Pack you garbage can: reduce your trash by crushing it down to its true size. This will
allow you to use fewer trash bags. Think about it: why use two trash bags when you
can squeeze it all into one?
Use biodegradable bags: whenever possible, choose earth friendly “plastic” bags for
your trash. These kinds of bags are starch-based derived from corn and when in a
landfill, it will start to decompose and it will leave no harmful residues behind
Pick up litter. It might not be your litter, but it’s our planet and we need to take care
of it. Grab some friends and neighbors to participate in town beautification projects,
or declare your own clean up the neighborhood day
Compost your organics: this all happens in a few easy steps; get all those rotting left-
overs, banana peels, coffee grounds, add a little humus, and you’ve got a substance
rich in nutrients that gardeners call “black gold” put all this in a premade compost bin
and start composting today!
Fix leaks: save water and reduce unnecessary waste by making sure the faucet
handles are turned completely to the off position. This helps saves water and money
(have you checked your water bill lately?)
Install water saving devises: simple devices installed on your faucets, toilets, and
shower heads can significantly reduce your water and energy consumption
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Buy a filter and drink from the tap. The bottled water industry drains natural
resources and pollutes our earth
Put the sponge down and step away from the sink. An energy-efficient dishwasher
requires less than five gallons of water to clean a full load of dishes. It’s also a good
idea to only wash full loads to save water and energy
Scrape your plates: do not pre-rinse your dirty dishes before loading them into the
dishwasher. Deposit any food scrapes into the garbage or compost and load your
dishes as they are
Take shorter showers: reducing the amount of time you spend singing in the shower
can save you money while conserving water. Shower with a purpose: to get clean.
Don’t meditate or rehearse a speech while gallons of water flow down the drain. Just
wash up and get out!
Turn off the tap: one of the most obvious ways to conserve water is to simply turn off
the tap. Think about how much water you would save if you turned off the hose while
washing your car, or shut off the faucet while washing your hands
For the uninitiated, a rain barrel is a receptacle for collecting rainwater that attaches
directly to the downspout of a gutter on a house. Rain water can be used to water
indoor plants and even wash your car. And the good thing is rainwater collets fast!
One inch of rain falling on an area of 1,000 square feet will get about 600 gallons of
Reuse dirty water: Think twice before you pour “dirty” water down the drain.
Remember: one person’s waste water is another person’s waterfall! The water you
use to wash dirt off your farm fresh vegetables may perfectly be suited to your flower
Water your plants at dawn and dusk. At these times of days, the water will not
evaporate and it will give your plants the needed water for the day
Kill weeds kindly: Yes, there is a way for you to kill weeds using a green thumb and
nontoxic remedies. Pour steaming hot water directly on the weeds or choose from
dozens of all-natural weed killers that don’t have any harsh chemicals
Nourish plants naturally: choose eco-friendly fertilizers for your lawn and garden.
Commercial fertilizers leave toxic chemicals that can harm the environment, while
has a humus compost pile will naturally fertilizer your plants and keep them healthier
Plant hardy varieties of grass: plant types of grass that are best suited to where you
live. Grass that isn’t suited for your area will easily die and drain the ground of it’s
precious nutrients
Use a push mower: They’re cost-effective, easy to use, and are good for the
environment. Better yet, they help keep you looking as trim as your lawn!
Sharpen your mower blades: keep your grass green and healthy by trimming it the
right way. Sharpening the blades will prevent you from tearing the grass unevenly
Xeriscape you lawn: xeriscaping features well designed landscapes that conserve
water while celebrating the beauty of native, drought-resistant species. Planting
vegetation that is suited to your area will help promote their growth
Plant deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the winter) on the south and east
sides of your home, and evergreen trees to the north and west. During summer, the
leaves will block the sun and provide shade for your house. In the winter, the leaves
will fall off and your home will get heat form the rays of the sun
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Reduce your water by adding compost and mulch around your plants. The mulch or
compost will add nutrients to your plant which will require it to have less water
Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Lighting is the biggest energy drain in
America. During daylight hours, place mirrors or other reflective objects near
windows to catch light to illuminate the house. After dark, be aware of how many
lights are on and only have the lights on in the room you are in
Set a timer: Don’t waste energy by leaving the garage light on all night long. Light
driveways and walkways only when necessary by setting a timer on your outdoor
lights. Better yet, use solar lights to light up your driveway
Change your light bulbs to CFL. It will save you money and energy. But why stop
there? Buy energy efficient LED lights for your holiday decorating. These types of
lights also last longer than regular lights
Dust! By dusting off light bulbs, heating vents, radiators, and refrigerator coils can
improve their efficiency and allow your to shut of an item or two
Unplug your appliances: even when you’re not using your computer, it still drains
energy, this is called standby power. By simply getting into the habit of unplugging
these devises when their not need, you will reduce your energy consumption and
unnecessary carbon emissions
Replace old appliances: Zap your electric bill by updating your major household
appliances with new, energy-efficient models
Clean your filters: dust on your household appliances hinders their performances.
Think about it: with a clean blow dryer, you’ll not only decrease the amount of time
you spend drying your hair, but you’ll also cut your energy use. As a benefit, your air
will be cleaner too
Shut the fridge: don’t cool the kitchen by keeping the refrigerator door open while
you decide what to eat
Wash in cold water: keep your bright colors bright and your carbon output low by
washing your clothes in cold water. The energy you save using cold translates into
dollars and sense: that is, dollars in your pocket and good sense for our earth
Air-dry your stuff: rethink the way you dry your laundry and dishes. Hang wet
clothing on a line and rack dry your dishes
Charge your cell phone by car: cell phone chargers drain energy from electrical
outlets while they charge your phone and if you leave the charger plugged in after
you’ve finished using it, it continues to draw unnecessary energy
Lose the leaf blower: gather your leaves the old fashioned way, with a rake! Using a
rake instead of a leaf blower will reduce gas-powered noise pollution and fossil fuel
Dress for the weather: don’t use your household thermostat to regulate your body
temperature. Wear layers! Take off or add on layers to regulate your body
temperature the green way
Program your thermostat: set it at 68oF or lower in the winter and 78oF or higher in
the summer
Cut your heating and cooling needs by properly insulating your home. Seal all air
leaks to prevent any hot air from escaping
Set your water heater at a reasonable temperature. 120oF is high enough to kill
bacteria and address your household needs
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Keep air moving in the right direction by reversing your indoor ceiling fans by the
seasons. In the summer, the fan should draw cooler air upward and in the winter it
should push warm air back down
Forget the fireplace: fireplace may seem nice and cozy, but odds are its sending most
of the heat right up the chimney
Don’t use space heaters: despite their widespread use, space heaters do a poor job of
generating and maintaining heat. Explore energy efficient heating options that will
prove to be more cost-effective over time
Go solar: It is a great alternative to a fossil fuel dependent home. A solar power
system is definitely the right choice for anyone
Consider geothermal heating and cooling: geothermal heat is a clean renewable
resource without the aid of fossil fuels. It is an excellent alternative to heating and
cooling systems that depend on gas, oil, or coal
Wind power is also another clean renewable resource. Installing a wind turbine will
lower your carbon footprint and your electric bills
Avoid the oven: when ever possible, use the microwave instead of the oven to save
energy. Electric and gas ovens produce excessive heat and require large amounts of
energy. By comparison, a microwave requires far less time and energy to heat food
Downsize your pan: conserve energy in the kitchen by choosing the smallest pan
possible to suit your cooking needs
Consider a solar oven: foods cooked in solar ovens require no additional water and
retain more nutrients than foods cooked in traditional ovens
Use cloth towels: making disposable bleached paper products kills trees and releases
harmful carcinogens called dioxins into the environment
Say no to aerosols and solvents: chose nontoxic, green alternatives whenever
possible. Spray on products contain chemicals such as hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide,
and nitrogen the contribute to greenhouse gases and smog
Avoid commercial air fresheners: freshen the air inside your home without the use of
chemical sprays and deodorizers
Light green candles: buy candles that are made of pure beeswax or soy wax
Explore alternatives to wood: consider alternative building materials when embarking
on a new construction project. Look for recycled materials
Repel insects without the use of potentially dangerous chemicals. Use products with
all natural oils like geranium or lemon eucalyptus oil that has been proven to be safe
Set traps: instead of setting out poisonous edibles or spraying chemical toxins on
surfaces in and around your home, set up simple traps to catch pests
Combat invasive pests with natural remedies: common substances such as fresh
lemon juice, black pepper, boric acid, talcum powder and ordinary dish soap prove
very effective

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