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
- Reduce the energy your computer consumes.
- Turn the heat down in your home a notch or two to save money and energy.
- Use the "shut down" feature on your computer instead of the "sleep" mode.
- Reduce your gas mileage and make your car more efficient.
- 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 photo copies, go for double sided printing to reduce paper waste.
- Add this signature (please consider the environment before printing this email) to your emails to reduce the amount of emails people print out.
- Reduce plant watering with rain barrels to collect gutter runoff.
- Reduce trash by composting your veggies.
- Reduce the amount of pesticides you consume (and that are released into the environment) by going organic.
- Reduce the number of veggies you have to buy at the store and start your own vegetable garden.
- Reduce your consumption of laundry detergent and fabric softener with reusable dryer sheets and soap nuts.
- Reduce your hot water use and save money and energy.
- Use an Energy Star rated dishwasher to save more water once your old one junks out.
- Reduce our dependence on foreign oil by walking or biking to work once in a while.
- Reduce the amount of food that spoils in your fridge.
- 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 wind energy to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and dependence.
- Reduce air conditioning usage with these seven easy tips.
- Reduce junk mail that comes to your home.
- Reduce the amount of laundry detergent caps you throw away.
- Reduce floor tile use by recycling your old leather materials for decadent leather tiling.
- Reduce the amount of house paint that you purchase by measuring for your next paint job.
- Reduce the strain on your freezer by keeping it full—it runs more efficiently.
- Switch to free e-cards and reduce paper waste.
- Stop buying plastic bags that don't break down (taking up landfill space) and reduce your plastic consumption with biodegradable trash bags.
- Rip bread crumbs up for birds and reduce the amount of food you throw out.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reduce paper towel use by going paperless.
- Take your reusable bag use to the next level with reusable produce bags.
- Weatherstripping will greatly reduce the amount of air conditioning and heat that get sucked out through your doors.
- Reduce the amount of resources and water you consume while traveling with these easy green travel tips.
- Reduce the amount of things you throw away by using eBay, Craigslist, and Freecycle.
- Reduce your costs and packaging you consume by buying certain things in bulk.
- Reduce air pollution.
- Wouldn't it be nice to see starry nights again? You can help reduce light pollution.
- 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 the amount of money you spend on paper plates, paper cups, and disposable water bottles by going reusable.
- Reduce the amount of things you throw away by seeing if you can reuse them first.
- If you can't reuse them, maybe you can recycle them.
- Cut down on newspaper and read online instead, or on your Amazon Kindle.
- Buy in bulk and portion food yourself to reduce on packaging and reduce your contribution to global warming.
- Reduce prepackaged condiment waste and napkins at fast food restaurants by not taking more than you need.
Green Up Your Clean Up
Traditional household cleaners can have huge impacts on your health, from allergies to asthma, and even effects on your skin and immune system. The old chemicals are out—and greener cleaning is in. This book gives an outstanding, in depth look at how you can start using some of nature's natural cleaners to give keep your sparkling clean with items like lemons, baking soda, vinegar, and more cleaners you've never thought of.
Green Up Your Cleanup is a timely handbook of advice and cleanser "recipes" that explains how to eliminate toxic-chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, and often homemade solutions. Inspired by the author's experience as a mother of an allergic child, the book includes anecdotal information that led her to natural cleaning solutions and has "green facts," "smart tips," and informational sidebars generously sprinkled throughout the text.
What's the biggest thing you've done to reduce your energy bills?
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.