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.

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What's the biggest thing you've done to reduce your energy bills?

  • Switch to CFL bulbs.
  • Switch to filtered tap water (or regular tap water).
  • I added a programmable thermostat.
  • I installed weatherstripping in places that needed it.
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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! 40 comments

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Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

Excellent green lens! Love it! Blessed by an Angel

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religions7 7 years ago

or two...

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Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Blessed by me too!

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Mortira 7 years ago

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!

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casperfei 7 years ago

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Ramkitten2000 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

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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ssuthep 6 years ago

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 :)

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JollyvilleChick 6 years ago

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.

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HealthBug LM 6 years ago

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

wfi 6 years ago

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.

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monarch13 6 years ago

Great resource, as always, thanks for sharing!

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poptastic 6 years ago from Quezon City

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*

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MsSnow4 6 years ago

Wow, some wonderful tips

myFootpathAdvisor 6 years ago

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

Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

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

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hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

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

totalhealth 6 years ago

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.

anonymous 6 years ago

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

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Kevin Wilson 2 6 years ago

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.

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scribibler 5 years ago

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

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AdultAcneSystem 5 years ago

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...

manndtp 5 years ago

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

julieannbrady 5 years ago

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.

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jackieb99 5 years ago

Cool have lots of interesting ideas

anonymous 5 years ago

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!

anonymous 5 years ago

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

anonymous 5 years ago

Great stuff here. Thank you

LensSeller 5 years ago

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

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CarynJSwift56889 5 years ago

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

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TolovajWordsmith 5 years ago from Ljubljana

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

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GetFactsnotHype 5 years ago

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

wayne_luvinlife 5 years ago

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

fibaron 5 years ago

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!

NidhiRajat 5 years ago

great to be green!!!!

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hysongdesigns 5 years ago

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.

priya jain 24 months ago

i like it much

abi 14 months ago

super appu

Jade 2 months ago

Wow so bad come on people stop

fool 3 weeks ago


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