Tips for Living Green

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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.