Going Green TODAY!

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I recently found this article from The Daily Green (http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/latest/going-green-5-first-steps) that talks about starting to go green.  It explains just how easy it is to even start down the greener way of life.

1. Bag It

Today: When you go out shopping, bring your own reusable bags. This preserves resources by cutting down on the  huge number of paper and plastic bags that are discarded after a single  trip.

Tomorrow: Combine your routine shopping trips with other  errands, which will save you time and fuel.

 

2. Save on Electricity

There are many ways to trim those electric bills. Wash your laundry in cold  water instead of hot, line dry your linens, and use a toaster oven for small  heating needs instead of a bigger electric stove. Open windows to let the light  in, turn off unneeded lights and appliances, and unplug unused electronics to  counter the ‘energy vampire’ effect.

Read more here.

3. Save on Gas

Every gallon of gasoline you burn produces 19 pounds of carbon dioxide, so it  pays to conserve (in more ways than one). Your car will work more efficiently if  you obey the speed limit and avoid rapid, unnecessary acceleration. Keep your  tires properly inflated and get regular tune-ups. Forget warming up under most  conditions.

Read more here.

 

4. Shop a Farmer

Today: Shop at your local farmers’ market. This will help support farmers in your area,  so they won’t be forced to sell off their land for development, and it will  decrease your food miles, meaning less fuel will be used to provide your daily  meals. Your food will be delicious and better for you.

Tomorrow: Eat as much local and seasonal food as you reasonably can. Your meals will  be fresher, and will require much less fuel to transport, store and  refrigerate.

5.Water Smarts

Today: Drink water from the tap, instead of buying  single-use bottled  water, which requires much more energy to produce, store and transport.  Barely 20% of those plastic bottles end up getting recycled, and most are made  out of petroleum. Use filters if you are concerned about your local water  supply.

Tomorrow: Buy a reusable bottle to take with you on the go,  so you can always refill it from a tap and avoid buying bottled water. Stainless  steel is a good choice, because you don’t have to worry about the potentially  toxic chemicals that can leech  out of many plastics over time.

Now, these all may seem basic to a lot of people.  But really if you’re just getting into the greener living lifestyle then this is a great way to get started.  And that is all you have to do, GET STARTED.  Today you’ll find yourself doing one thing much better for the enviroment and tomorrow it will be another.  And before you know it you’ll be living green and not even know it!

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