Green Living: Tips to an Eco-Friendly Existence

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We all need to do our part in order to coexist. Finding essentials to live a green lifestyle can make a difference in everybody’s life for generations to come. Living Green is about living a life that is sustainable for the earth, and if you start with these principles you can make a difference too.

Conserve Water

Make sure when you wash clothes you have a full load. That can help you save 1000 gallons of water per month. Water your lawn during the evening when it’s cooler and dryer. Watering in the morning when the weather is warmer can cause more of the water to evaporate and be wasted. Try shortening your shower. By doing that by merely a minute you can save 150 gallons of water month. You can skip the dishwasher and opt to air dry your dishes. And if you really want to get creative you can even collect rainwater and save it to water your own lawn.

Conserve Energy

You can conserve energy by setting your refrigerator temperature to be between 36 to 38°F and your freezer to be between 0 to 5°F. Try unplugging appliances when they’re not being used. Even when they are off those appliances that remain plugged-in still use electricity. You can wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket. You can use a dimmer switch, which is easy to install. Be sure you turn your computer off when you go to sleep. Replace your old lightbulbs with energy saving efficient lightbulbs—you might notice that these cost more, but in the end you will save on your energy bill and the lightbulbs won’t need to be replaced as often.

Reduce Waste

Try to avoid wire hangers, but if you have them, you can recycle them and return them to your dry cleaner. You can use both sides of a piece of paper when you need to print something, but if you have the option try to take the paperless route. Bring reusable bags and containers when grocery shopping or traveling. Choose products that are returnable or reusable. Shop at secondhand stores – you can find great deals on used and unused clothes at a low cost. Be sure to recycle. And, buy items that are made of recycled material. Use them as much as you can. You can compost food scraps and yard waste. Food and yard waste make up a considerable amount of garbage that gets thrown away in major metropolitan areas.

Reduce Pollution

Stop releasing harmful substances into the environment. Make sure if you’re painting that you use water-based paints and rinse your paintbrushes in a non-interior drain. You can even reduce smog by painting when temperatures are less than 90°. If you can, bike or walk instead of driving. Remember that every 25 miles you don’t drive actually prevents a pound of pollution. If biking or walking isn’t an option, take public transportation whenever possible. Choose earth friendly lawn care. If you have to use chemicals, make sure you follow instructions for disposal. Avoid aerosol products those can pose safety hazards and require special processing at waste collection centers. Try to move towards non-toxic cleaners. And, if you have chance, plant some trees too.

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