Green Your Life
Green Your Home: Top 5 Ways To Green Your Home
|RECYCLE!!! Recycle your cardboard, metal cans, plastics, and paper products. By recycling you help reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.|
|Change a light bulb. Sure...you’ve heard this one before -- and we know it's tempting to buy the four-pack of bulbs for $2 -- but compact fluorescent bulbs use two-thirds less energy and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. So, replace the 5 most used light in your house with CFLs and save yourself about 60$ per year on electricity.
The payoff: If Americans replaced just one bulb in their home, it would save enough energy to light 2.5 million homes in one year and prevent an amount of greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of 800,000 cars
|Buy energy-efficient appliances. Let’s say your old fridge conks out. Great! Replace it with an Energy Star appliance and you'll use at least 15 percent less energy and water in your home. It might be a little pricier to buy, but you'll be saving money on your utility bills and helping the environment.
The payoff: If we all installed one Energy Star appliance, it would be like planting 1.7 million acres of new trees.
|Reuse plastic bags. Instead of chucking 100 billion plastic sacks a year (wow!), try and get a second, third, or tenth use out of them. Tote your lunch to work or your groceries home, or at least use them as garbage bags. Better yet, next time you shop, try a reusable bag.
The payoff: You're reducing pollution. The amount of oil it would take to make just 14 plastic bags would run your car for one mile.
|Cancel unsolicited mail. Many of us have a steady flow of unwanted and unsolicited junk mail, catalogs, and magazines. Let's say everyone in New York City received 10 a month: That would make 240,248 tons of paper waste! Call 888-5-OPTOUT. Also: Make sure to recycle what you do receive.
The payoff: Less energy is spent on creating paper (which kills trees we need) and less trash is created when we can reuse products. The immediate return? Less clutter at home!