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Make your life more eco-friendly with the green living tips in this Howcast video series. The environment will thank you!
You Will Need
- Deep concern for the future
- Sense of personal responsibility
Turn thermostat up/down
Turn your thermostat up in the summer or down in the winter by just two degrees, and you’ll prevent hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide from being released each year.
Turn off and unplug your computer, TV, and other electronics when you’re not using them. Even electronics in sleep mode draw power.
Change all the incandescent bulbs in your home to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use about 75% less energy.
Do full loads of laundry/dishwashing
Do your laundry or run a dishwasher only when you have a full load. It saves water and it’s an excuse not to clean.
Eat local: An organic out-of-season vegetable from the other side of the world may sound delicious, but it had to make that trip on a huge container ship.
Bring own coffee cup/mug
Bring your own cup or mug when you buy coffee and stop tossing an average of 20 pounds of disposable cups a year.
Cut back on bottled water
Cut back on bottled water. Most tap water is perfectly safe to drink, and making the plastic and transporting the bottles uses huge quantities of fossil fuels.
Plant a tree
Plant a tree. Trees help reduce greenhouse gases, and every one counts. Consider it a peace offering to the Earth.
Consolidate car trips
Don’t jump in your car every time you feel the urge to run an errand. Plan and consolidate your trips to cut down on gas.
Carpool, public transportation, bike, or walk
When you can, carpool, use public transportation, or ride your bicycle. Or walk, proud to be treading lightly.