Six Simple Ways to Live a Greener Lifestyle

June 28th, 2010

Sure, you hear about tips on living a “greener” lifestyle, but do you actually employ them? Below are five simple ways to reduce our footprint on the earth (excluding the obvious . . . RECYCLE!), even for the laziest penny pinchers.

1. Unplug and Turn Off Your Lights

Taking those extra few seconds to flip off the switch when you leave a room or shut down your laptop before you close it not only saves the earth, but it also saves you some money.

2. Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle

Plastic is the number one waste product filling our landfills and spilling into our oceans. In addition to its environmental impact, certain studies have shown that drinking out of plastic bottles can increase your risk of cancer. So save yourself some money in the long run and purchase a reusable metal water bottle that keeps your drink cooler instead of a Costco pack of plastic water bottles.

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3. Bring Reusable Bags to the Grocery Store

As California moves towards banning the dispensing of plastic bags in stores, stay ahead of the game by switching to reusable bags for your shopping. Keep a few in the trunk of your car so that you are always prepared.

4. Use Less Water

Turn your water heater down. Wash full loads of laundry in cold water. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave. Small changes like these not only reduce your water heating bill, but also help reduce the energy used for heating the water—second only in energy consumption to the air heating system.

5. Switch to Compact Florescent Bulbs

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By switching to compact florescent bulbs, you generate far less pollution as well as save $30 over the lifetime of the bulb. Look for phrases like “warmer light” for a glow that resembles incandescent light.

6. Drive Less

A daily car commute of 20 miles round trip can add up to around $2,000 per year. So instead utilize your area’s public transportation or start a carpool with coworkers. You will save money on gas and help reduce the pollutant emissions of cars destroying our environment.

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