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Reduce Your Impact on the Environment and Go Green
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.
Many of these tips have financial benefits in addition to helping the environment! Read on for 50 easy ways you can start reducing in various aspects of your life, from the trash you throw away to junk mail.
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40 Examples of Things You Can Do to Reduce Consumption
- Reduce the amount of energy your computer consumes by turning off your computer when not in use.
- Turn the heat down in your home a notch or two to save money and energy.
- Use the "shut down" feature on your printer instead of the "sleep" mode.
- Reduce your gas mileage—walk or use public transportation when possible.
- Reduce your shower time by 1-2 minutes to conserve water.
- Reduce the amount of water you consume by switching to tap or filtered tap water.
- It's time you stopped using plastic bags! Reduce the amount of plastic created in the world by switching to reusable bags.
- Reduce the amount of plastic utensils you throw away by switching to reusable utensils.
- When making photocopies, print double-sided to reduce paper waste.
- Use rain barrels to collect gutter runoff to water your plants.
- Composting your veggies.
- Eat locally grown, seasonal, and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.
- Start your own vegetable garden to avoid purchasing vegetables from the store.
- Use reusable dryer sheets and soap nuts instead of laundry detergent and disposable dryer sheets.
- Use an Energy Star rated dishwasher to save more water and energy (but only once your old one junks out.)
- Avoid food waste and eat leftovers.
- Reduce the amount of time and energy spent cooking by making two meals at once in the oven.
- Consider getting solar energy in your home to reduce your bills and impact on the environment.
- Support politicians who advocate to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and dependence.
- Reduce air conditioning usage by redirecting vents, inspecting the filter, or setting a timer.
- Reduce junk mail that comes to your home.
- Shop plastic-free laundry detergent brands, like Dropps or Tru Earth.
- Reduce floor tile use by recycling your old leather materials for decadent leather tiling.
- Measure your home prior to your next paint job to reduce chances of purchasing excess paint.
- Keeping your freezer full—it runs more efficiently that way.
- Reduce paper waste by sending e-cards instead of paper invites.
- Use compostable trash bags when possible.
- Rip stale or moldy bread crumbs up for birds instead of throwing them away.
- Switch to a low flow shower head to reduce water use.
- Low flow toilets can also reduce water usage.
- Properly inflated tires will reduce mileage and gas use.
- Check with your utility provider to see when off-peak hours are. At those times, energy costs the least. Run dishwasher, washing machines, and other equipment at that time.
- Reduce paper towel and use cloth towels instead.
- Weatherstripping will increase your home's insulation and greatly reduce the amount of air conditioning and heat that get sucked out through your doors.
- Travel as slowly as possible—avoid flying if you can take a bus or train instead.
- Reduce the amount of things you throw away by using eBay, Craigslist, and Freecycle to sell or give away your things.
- Buying certain things in bulk to avoid excess packaging.
- Wouldn't it be nice to see starry nights again? You can help reduce light pollution by turning off your lights at night.
- 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.
- Reduce prepackaged condiment waste and napkins at fast food restaurants by not taking more than you need.