Go Green

We are always looking for ways to save some "green", but did you know you can do that by going "green"?  Below are some tips and ways to go green and save some green.

  1. Save Energy
    1. Move your thermostat a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees warmer in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
    2. Unplug appliances when you're not using them.
    3. Wash clothes in cold water - as much as 85% of the engery used in machine washing clothes goes to eating the water.  When drying your clothes, use a drying rack or clothes line.
  2. Pay as many bills as you can online to reduce paper.
  3. Switch lightbulbs to CFLs and when buying new appliances look for the Energy Star label
    1. Turn lights off when you leave a room
    2. Use natural light from windows as long as you can before you turn a light on.
  4. Recycle - glass, paper, aluminum, etc.  Every little bit helps!
  5. Save Water
    1. Shorter showers and turning the water off while brushing your teeth, will lower your water bill and heating bills.
    2. Plant drought-tolerant native plants around your home for minimal watering.
  6. Use Less Gas
    1. Bike or walk to work. This saves you on gas, improves your cardiovascular health, and helps lower emission levels.
    2. See if telecommuting to work is an option.
  7. Eat Smart
    1. Buy locally raised foods.  Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy
  8. Skip the Bottle Water
    1. Purchase a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottle water.  Bottle water is expensive and it generates large amounts of container waste.
    2. Use a reusable water bottle
  9. Keep Electronics Out of the Trash
    1. Keep you cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible
    2. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem
  10. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
    1. Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging - not to mention your indoor air quality
    2. Effective, non-toxic cleaning products can be made with a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
  11. Shop with reusable bags and stop using disposable bags
  12. When you are ready to get rid of an item - donate it.
    1. You will be supporting your local community.