Friday, January 30, 2009

Five Simple Ways You Can Go Green Today

Most people sigh when they hear about “going green” or “living frugally.” But neither one has to take much effort (or cost). Here are quick and easy ways to make a difference today:

  1. Wash your clothes in cold water.
    Save your hot water for those heavily soiled loads of clothes. Washing in cold water is just as effective. All you need is the soap and agitating action of the washer. Ninety percent of the energy used by your washer is to heat the water.

  2. Bring your own bags to the supermarket.
    Many stores offer very inexpensive tote bags, or you may already have one lying around your home. You’ll help reduce the number of paper and plastic bags. Many towns are trying to ban plastic bags all together.

  3. Lower or raise your thermostat (depending on the season).
    You’ll save money and energy by lowering your thermostat 2-3 degrees in the winter (or raising it in the summer). Put on or take off clothing as needed to achieve your ideal temperature.

  4. Recycle everything possible.
    From cardboard to aluminum, in many towns recycling is mandatory. If not, you can take on recycling by finding out where you can take your plastic, metal, newspapers and cardboard. Think about how you can reduce the amount of garbage you send to the landfills!

  5. Use your good china and cloth napkins.
    Reduce or eliminate the amount of napkins, plastic utensils and paper cups and plates you use. Not only will you save money by not buying these products, these types of paper and plastic end up in the garbage. You’ll save trees, energy and save yourself some money!

Each time you do any one of these actions, you’re saving the earth…and your money!

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