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Ways to go Green and save Green

June 27, 2013

It seems like everyone’s “going green.” Luckily, many of the steps we can take can make our lives better. Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably.

1. Save energy to save money.

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter & a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” energy use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

2. Save water to save money.

  • Install a low-flow shower head. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
  • Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
  • Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

3. Think before you buy or Borrow instead of Buy.

  • Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free.
  • Share power tools & other appliances. Get to know neighbors while cutting down on clutter in your closet or garage.
  • Watch a video on YouTube about what happens when you buy something. Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.

4. Eat Smart.

  • Buy locally raised meat, eggs, & dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the community.
  • Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
  • Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.
  • If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.

 

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