- unplug the cell phone charger and other electronics. standby mode still draws electricity. you can save at least $70 a year on electricity by turning stuff off.
- use a draft dodger around doors- winter or summer. keeps heat and AC in. or vice versa.
- only run dishwasher full and let air dry.
- wash clothes on the cold cycle- you can save at least $60 a year and 6.5 pounds in emissions per load.
- plan a week's worth of errands geographically to save fuel. drive a moderate speed and keep car maintained.
- use your own shopping bags (i got $.39 last week!) only .6% of the stupid plastic bags are recycled and most end up in landfills and elsewhere- never to biodegrade.
- spot clean or hand wash your clothes before going to dry cleaners- when possible- buy wash and wear. dry cleaning chemicals suck.
- buy food as local as you can-- and check labels. i live in new york state and my apples come from washington. doesn't make sense to me.
- bring your own coffee mug to dunkin donuts- or wherever. no styrofoam!!
- turn off your computer and printer nightly. yes, it is less convenient but you will be saving kilowats- up to 75% fewer.
- repurpose paper- the typical worker uses 10,000 sheets per year. try to print both sides when possible and have a scrap tray. recycle!! less than 9% of the 8 MILLION TONS used every year is recycled. buy recycled paper when possible. it uses up to 90% less water to make and half of the energy. not to mention the trees.
- reuse printer ink cartridges when possible. staples and dell will refill according to warranty. it can save you up to 90% on the cost of a new cartridge.
- plant trees when you can.
Monday, April 30, 2007
easy ways to go green
every little bit helps- and we need to do more!