Saturday, April 4, 2009

Simple steps can lead to giant leaps....

1. Choose Organics
Studies show that organic produce actually tastes better, but there are other reasons for it as well. Start by buying even just 2 percent organic and work your way up from there.

2. Eat Locally
Look for foods grown locally at your grocery store or farmers' market.

3. No More Paper or Plastic
Any time you hit the grocery store, meat market, even mall, take your own reusable shopping bag. Paper bags require a lot of energy to create and plastic bags are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, and they aren't going anywhere.

4. Avoid the Phantom Draw
You can reduce your consumption of electrical energy by simply unplugging electronics when they're not in use. Phone chargers draw energy all day long when they're left plugged into the wall, and electronics can use 40 percent of their regular running energy when plugged in on standby.

5. Embrace the Green Triangle
Get in the habit of recycling your glass, plastics, aluminum and paper.

6. Conserve Water, So It's Not H2O-No
Here's permission to skip the pre-rinse when loading your dishwasher. It can waste 20 gallons per load and according to Consumer Reports, it doesn't help.

Take quick showers, fix leaky faucets and shut off the water while you brush your teeth. That alone can save almost 2,000 gallons a year.

7. Reach for the Stars
Energy Star appliances use less energy, save you money and help protect the environment.

8. Turn the Cool Up
Turning up your air conditioner one degree could save you 3 percent in home energy costs.

9. Green Your Ride
Even if you're not ready to buy a hybrid, there are ways you can conserve fuel. Keep your tire pressure at the recommended level for greater fuel efficiency. Keep the AC on low, running it on high decreases your car's fuel efficiency up to 25%. Check your air filter, because a clean one can make your car 10% more fuel efficient. And drive a little less. Cars release about a pound of CO2 for every mile driven, so avoid driving 20 miles a week and you'll spare the environment 1000 pounds of CO2 emissions in a year.

10. Switch Out Your Lightbulbs
Choose energy saving bulbs, they last 10 times as long and are 25 percent more energy efficient, they'll save you some green.

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