One of the easiest ways you can start going green is by reducing your usage in your home…
In the bathroom, start by turning off the water when you’re not using it: don’t let the faucet run when brushing your teeth, reduce your shower “warm-up” time and test your showerhead to ensure it’s water-efficient. See how long it takes to fill a 1-gallon bucket; if it’s less than 30 seconds, it’s time to replace it. Also, when flushing your toilet, make sure the reservoir flapper closes completely. Just practicing one of these can save 20 gallons or more of water per month.
In the kitchen, start by turning off the water between dishes and soaking pots. Try eliminating the use of running water to thaw food and installing water-efficient dishwashers and low-flow faucets.
When your car needs a wash, use commercial car washes. Most commercial car washes utilize water much more efficiently than is possible when doing it at home.
We hear our parent’s voice every time we read this, but turn off lights if they won’t be used in the next 30 seconds. Switch out your old bulbs for energy-efficient, compact fluorescents. Turn your refrigerator down and use warm, rather than hot, settings when washing clothes. Lastly, replacing appliances with energy-efficient models can drastically reduce your consumption and save you money at the same time.
Reuse what you can, recycle what you can’t…
The best examples are plastic bags, bottles and boxes. Reuse plastic bags for small trashcans, bottles for tap water and boxes for storage. Reuse old newspapers for protecting items you plan on shipping, and utilize local programs to give away old clothes and furniture. Anything you can’t reuse, make sure to recycle if it’s possible.
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