Tips for Living Green
Tips for Living Green
l Fix any plumbing leaks.
l Install water-saving faucets, toilets – you can even buy conservational water pipes to replace your old plumbing.
l While you’re at it, install a programmable thermostat.
l Use compact, long-life fluorescent light bulbs.
l Schedule an energy audit with your utility company.
l You may find that your windows and doors aren’t as tight as you thought. Seal it all up with weather stripping and caulking.
l Another place for insulation: your electric (NOT NATURAL GAS!) hot water heater as well as the pipes. Just make sure the insulation is no closer than six inches from the heater.
l During the winter, change the filter in your furnace every month.
l Use non-toxic cleaning alternatives in your home, such as baking soda, vinegar, etc.
l No more plastic furniture – make sure your furnishings are constructed of natural materials like wood, metal and glass.
l Read the labels of the items you’re buying and avoid the use of polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC or vinyl).
l Compost your food waste and use as nutrient-rich soil for your lawn.
l Cut down on paper products.
l Bite the bullet and start depending on reusable items, such as water bottles, food containers, batteries, pens, razors, etc.
l Instead of going to a carwash, wash your car when it rains.
l Leave your car parked as often as possible. Ride your bike, walk or take public transportation.
l Whenever possible, think globally but buy locally. Transporting food across country uses up an obscene amount of fuel. It’s also good for the local economy.
l Cut down on your battery usage. Instead, use rechargable or solar-charged batteries.
l Avoid products with excess packaging.
l Stop using plastic bags! Either reuse the ones you’ve already stockpiled in your pantry forever, or buy yourself a couple of canvas bags to transport groceries.
l Avoid the use of aerosols.
l Instead of lubricants containing solvents, use castor or mineral oils to lubricate switches and hinges.
l Use water-based latex house paints.
l Be very mindful of what you throw away. Never dispose of paint, solvents, motor oil in your garbage can.
l Donate your old books to libraries or schools.
l Give last season’s wardrobe to Goodwill or ARC.
l Donate your old photos and letters to your local historical society.
l Don’t take that old dishwasher or refrigerator to the dump, donate it.