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50 Things You Can Reduce


Reduce Your Impact on the Environment and Go Green With These Easy Energy and Resource Saving Tips!

The first step in going green is to reduce the amount of things that you throw away and consume. This means reducing your energy bills, grocery bills, water usage, and gas consumption. This can be one of the most rewarding forms of leading a green lifestyle, as you realize the financial benefits as well as help the environment at the same time! Read on for 50 easy ways that you can start reducing various aspects of your life today, from the trash you throw away to junk mail.

50 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Energy Consumption, Bills, Water Use, and More

  1. Reduce the energy your computer consumes.
  2. Turn the heat down in your home a notch or two to save money and energy.
  3. Use the "shut down" feature on your computer instead of the "sleep" mode.
  4. Reduce your gas mileage and make your car more efficient.
  5. Reduce your shower time by 1-2 minutes to conserve water.
  6. Reduce the amount of water you consume by switching to tap or filtered tap water.
  7. It's time you stopped using plastic bags! Reduce the amount of plastic created in the world by switching to reusable bags.
  8. Reduce the amount of plastic utensils you throw away by switching to reusable utensils.
  9. When making photo copies, go for double sided printing to reduce paper waste.
  10. Add this signature (please consider the environment before printing this email) to your emails to reduce the amount of emails people print out.
  11. Reduce plant watering with rain barrels to collect gutter runoff.
  12. Reduce trash by composting your veggies.
  13. Reduce the amount of pesticides you consume (and that are released into the environment) by going organic.
  14. Reduce the number of veggies you have to buy at the store and start your own vegetable garden.
  15. Reduce your consumption of laundry detergent and fabric softener with reusable dryer sheets and soap nuts.
  16. Reduce your hot water use and save money and energy.
  17. Use an Energy Star rated dishwasher to save more water once your old one junks out.
  18. Reduce our dependence on foreign oil by walking or biking to work once in a while.
  19. Reduce the amount of food that spoils in your fridge.
  20. Reduce the amount of time and energy spent cooking by making two meals at once in the oven.
  21. Consider getting solar energy in your home to reduce your bills and impact on the environment.
  22. Support wind energy to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and dependence.
  23. Reduce air conditioning usage with these seven easy tips.
  24. Reduce junk mail that comes to your home.
  25. Reduce the amount of laundry detergent caps you throw away.
  26. Reduce floor tile use by recycling your old leather materials for decadent leather tiling.
  27. Reduce the amount of house paint that you purchase by measuring for your next paint job.
  28. Reduce the strain on your freezer by keeping it full—it runs more efficiently.
  29. Switch to free e-cards and reduce paper waste.
  30. Stop buying plastic bags that don't break down (taking up landfill space) and reduce your plastic consumption with biodegradable trash bags.
  31. Rip bread crumbs up for birds and reduce the amount of food you throw out.
  32. Switch to a low flow shower head to reduce water use.
  33. Low flow toilets can also reduce water usage.
  34. Properly inflated tires will reduce mileage and gas use.
  35. Reduce bills by going off-peak. Check with your utility provider to see when energy costs the least, and run dishwasher, washing machines, and other equipment at that time.
  36. Reduce paper towel use by going paperless.
  37. Take your reusable bag use to the next level with reusable produce bags.
  38. Weatherstripping will greatly reduce the amount of air conditioning and heat that get sucked out through your doors.
  39. Reduce the amount of resources and water you consume while traveling with these easy green travel tips.
  40. Reduce the amount of things you throw away by using eBay, Craigslist, and Freecycle.
  41. Reduce your costs and packaging you consume by buying certain things in bulk.
  42. Reduce air pollution.
  43. Wouldn't it be nice to see starry nights again? You can help reduce light pollution.
  44. Reduce the amount of contaminants and pollutants that head into the ocean by taking everything with you when you got to beach, and by properly disposing of hazardous materials.
  45. Reduce the amount of money you spend on paper plates, paper cups, and disposable water bottles by going reusable.
  46. Reduce the amount of things you throw away by seeing if you can reuse them first.
  47. If you can't reuse them, maybe you can recycle them.
  48. Cut down on newspaper and read online instead, or on your Amazon Kindle.
  49. Buy in bulk and portion food yourself to reduce on packaging and reduce your contribution to global warming.
  50. Reduce prepackaged condiment waste and napkins at fast food restaurants by not taking more than you need.

Green Up Your Clean Up

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Tips on Reducing Your Garbage Output

This video will give you a good basic idea of some things you can start doing to reduce the amount of things you can throw away.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Do You Have Any Other Green Ideas on Things We Can Reduce? - Have another idea on something that everyone can reduce? Be sure to add it here!

Haneefah on July 15, 2020:

If we all keep doing our part the earth will be around for much much longer

poop on April 23, 2020:


Karen sanchez on April 21, 2020:

These are great

Sophia on April 21, 2020:

This is good advice thank you

Name on March 03, 2020:

This is so awesome this helps me

Felpie on March 02, 2020:

Hi u good

phoebe on January 13, 2020:

remember the 3 r reduce reuse recycle

Sujal on November 11, 2018:

The best thinking and the best answer. Good social worker and keep it up!.

I love our a lot.

kiiii8 on September 06, 2018:

hi guys i have a ssessment

Siddharth on June 28, 2018:

We have to save the Earth and grow more and more plants

eeeeeee on May 25, 2018:


abi on August 03, 2015:

super appu

priya jain on October 28, 2014:

i like it much

hysongdesigns on September 19, 2011:

growing and preserving your own food and cooking at home from scratch from bulk buy staples will probably reduce the most, since food packaging seems to be more than half the trash thrown out. I know when my family of 5 made that switch we went from 1-2 bags of trash a week to about 1 bag every 2 weeks.

NidhiRajat on August 19, 2011:

great to be green!!!!

fibaron on August 01, 2011:

Your tips are AWESOME! I love the fact that the tips you give are things that anyone can take action on. Right now, I have a list of about 7 things I can immediately do to make an impact! Awesome lens!

wayne_luvinlife on July 19, 2011:

Love your lens...keep spreading the word!!

GetFactsnotHype on July 07, 2011:

I like green ! ! ! (and religion), so I combined a page for green and religious enthusiasts to unite.

I added this page of yours to the right sidebar widget under related pages using the discovery toolbar. It's about "Is Green Earth Biblical?" Located here on squidoo at christianity-myths

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on July 05, 2011:

We are always talking about recycling but often forget about reducing. Your lens is a step in the right direction. Thumbs up!

CarynJSwift56889 on July 03, 2011:

that's useful for me, and maybe for everyone!

smithlights on June 13, 2011:


LensSeller on April 15, 2011:

An inspirational lens for all of us who aim to reduce our impact on the planet. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

anonymous on April 03, 2011:

Great stuff here. Thank you

anonymous on March 08, 2011:

Hi there are great tips here on this website! IT'S FAB!!!!

anonymous on February 16, 2011:

Great tips and advice, we live in a rented flat, so that limits what can be done, but I'm always looking out for new ideas to try! Shall be coming back to see more!

jackieb99 on December 29, 2010:

Cool lens...you have lots of interesting ideas

julieannbrady on December 15, 2010:

Well, I think it is this green philosophy which has kept me up at nights ... let me explain! I am currently trying to stay warm in mom's fifth wheel -- it has been brutally cold in here, particularly at night, over the past two weeks. Today, I AM warm because MOM prodded me to turn that furnace on ... the problem with THAT is that it is NOT green! I blow through a 30 gal tank of propane every 4 days to bring a little warmth inside. It keeps me awake at night ... well, that and the cold and the 45 mph winds which whip the bejeebers out of this place. Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas my dear.

manndtp on December 04, 2010:

Popping #10 into my email signature right now. Thanks!

AdultAcneSystem on November 13, 2010:

Taking My County's Public Transportation System to get around!

Its less stress, and a lot cheaper, but you do have to trade the amount of time it takes to get around...

scribibler on November 08, 2010:

Great Lens and great tips! If only more people in the world knew some of these...even half of the list!

Kevin Wilson 2 on September 19, 2010:

Don't buy new stuff in the first place. If you actually NEED it (not just want it), get it off the Freecycle, borrow it, rent it, or buy used before buying a new thing.

anonymous on September 18, 2010:

I like your green list. This will really help. Readers should implement this, start in your home.

totalhealth on June 10, 2010:

excellent lens, surely there are unlimited ways on how we can reduce our consumption and the amount of waste that we throw out. all we need is to be resourceful and be creative on how to recycle or to reuse the resources that we have.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on May 25, 2010:

i love your green lists - this one is no exception :)

Obscure_Treasures on May 21, 2010:

This is my second time coming back here but I'm always impressed with how well written and organized this lens is. Great job!

myFootpathAdvisor on April 28, 2010:

Also, you can reduce trash by using plastic food containers--ie sour cream containers, butter containers, etc--as tupperware. Great lens!

Carol Goss on March 24, 2010:

Wow, some wonderful tips

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on February 09, 2010:

Fantastic lens with a lot of useful information! Lensrolling to my "10 Simple Ways to Make the World a Better Place" lens. Also, "blessed by an angel*

monarch13 on February 07, 2010:

Great resource, as always, thanks for sharing!

wfi on January 17, 2010:

I liked the part about growing your own vegetables. You can turn your yard into a food producing resource instead of wasting resources on landscaping that only costs you money.

HealthBug LM on January 12, 2010:

Great list with practical tips something I've always loved. I hope to learn more in next visit.

JollyvilleChick on January 08, 2010:

Well done - presented a list of 50 items without making the lens a mile long. I do many of the things, including cooking double meals. Instead of baking one piece of chicken at a time, I bake four at the same time. The first one is for that night and the others are intended to be left-overs.

ssuthep on December 29, 2009:

Excellent tips. I already do practice a few of your suggestions and will try to do more. Squid Angel blessing for this environmental friendly lens :)

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on September 01, 2009:

I read through your list and am happy to report that I do most of those things. But I found a few that I need to pay attention to. Thanks for the ideas. Great lens!

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Mortira on May 15, 2009:

Another great list! Our family already does many of these things, like using cloth shopping bags and stainless steel travel mugs. It feels great to reduce consumption!

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on May 11, 2009:

Blessed by me too!

religions7 on May 06, 2009:

or two...

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on May 06, 2009:

Excellent green lens! Love it! Blessed by an Angel

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