10 Easy Steps to Live Green
Everyday, people are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy by taking simple, pain-free steps. Follow these 10 Easy Steps to minimize your carbon footprint.
1) Save Water with Powder Detergents
Liquid laundry detergents are approximately 80 percent water. It costs energy and packaging to bring this water to the consumer. Substitute liquid detergents for powders.
2) Change Your Light Bulbs
Replacing 3 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs will have you $60/year and approximately 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide.
3) Use Recycled Paper
By switching to 100% post-consumer recycled paper when printing, you save approximately 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper.
4) Save a Tree
If every household in the United States replaced one box of 85 sheet virgin fiber facial tissues with 100% recycled ones, the savings amount to 87,700 tress, 226,500 cubic feet of landfill space, 31 million gallons of water, and avoid 5,300 lbs. of pollution. Buy recycled paper products for your living spaces, bathrooms, and kitchen.
5) Ride Your Bike
For every mile you ride your bike instead of driving a car, you avoid the production of about one pound of carbon dioxide.
6) Check Your Water Heater
By keeping your water heater thermostat lower than 120°F, you save 550 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30/year.
7) Change Your Thermostat
Conserve fuel by turning down the heat at night and while you are away from your home. Setting your air-conditioning thermostat at 76 degrees during the summer will dramatically reduce your electricity bill as well as your carbon dioxide emissions.
8) Manually Mow Your Lawn
Mowing for an hour with a gasoline-powered lawn mower is equivalent to a 350-mile drive in a car. Consider pushing a lightweight reel mower, you’ll burn more calories!
9) Reduce Your Garbage
Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic, and glass. You can save around 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
10) Fill Your Dishwasher
Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save approximately 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year. Eco-friendly modules save even more energy and water!