Unplug appliances when not in use or plug electronics into power strips that can be easily switched off. 75% of the electricity used to power electronics and appliances is generated when the products are turned off.
PC screen savers don’t actually reduce energy use. If you’re not using your computer for 20 minutes or more, put it in sleep mode. Shut down your computer if you will be away for 2 hours or more.
Install Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They provide high quality light, use about 75% less energy, and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
When the weather’s nice, hang your laundry out to dry instead of using your dryer. Clean the lint trap in your dryer to increase drying efficiency. If your dryer has a setting that will stop the machine when the laundry is dry, use it to prevent over-drying.
Use Water Wisely
Nix bottled water. Not only is it expensive, the packaging also creates a lot of waste. Instead, use a water filter to purify tap water and choose a reusable aluminum water bottle.
Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. As much as 90% of the energy used to machine wash clothes goes towards heating the water. A typical family of four could save over 3,000 gallons of water each year by washing full loads of laundry.
Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water while keeping water pressure high.
Take shorter showers and install a low-flow showerhead to reduce water use.
When you avoid creating garbage to begin with, you don't have to worry about getting rid of waste or recycling it later. Changing your habits is the key. Think about ways you can reduce your waste when you shop, work and play. There's a variety of ways for you to reduce waste, save some time and money, and leave less of a anegative imprint on the planet.
Sell and shop used. The traditional garage sale and online sites such as ebay and Etsy are great places to both buy and sell used or “up”-cycled products. Many people are looking specifically for items that have been upcycled (found items that have been modified in a creative way and brought new life).
The saying, “You get what you pay for”, often bears a lot of truth. Sometimes it’s worth paying a little bit more to get a high-quality product that will last longer, which in the long run might mean less stuff to buy and send to the garbage fills.
Sign up for paperless billing and pay your bills online. You’ll be saving trees, the fossil fuels it takes to deliver these bills back and forth, and money for stamps.
If you eat meat, designate at least one meatless meal a week. Meat is costly and it’s even more expensive when you consider the environmental impact. Not only that, methane produced from cows worldwide actually produce more greenhouse gas than all the cars in the world combined. Unbelievable but true.
Buy local whenever you can. Look on the internet for a list of local farmer’s markets. Not only are we supporating our local economy and community, but this will also help to cut down the cost of importing food from outside our state.
Eat sustainable seafood to keep our oceans from being depleted. This sustainable seafood guide shows you what to look for.
Know your labels. You can tell whether a produce is organic, conventional, or GMO just by looking at the numbers on the sticker. A 5-digit code starting with 9 means organic-grown naturally with no chemicals. A 4-digit code starting with 4 means conventional-grown with chemicals and pesticides. A 5-digit code starting with 8 means GMO-grown unnaturally and genetically modified.