Thinking about transitioning to a green lifestyle? Since you’re here, I bet you are! There are tons of cheap, easy ways to go green. Many of these ideas can actually save you money too. Whether you are well on your way to going green or brand new, there’s an idea below for everyone.
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Reduce Your Electricity Consumption
1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
2. Better yet, keep them off and use natural light as long as possible.
3. Switch your light bulbs to CFLs.
4. Unplug chargers when you’re not using them.
5. Turn off your computer at night. Don’t leave it in sleep mode.
6. Unplug electronics and appliances when you aren’t using them. Unplug your T.V. while you’re at work all day and at night. Same goes for your toaster, microwave, and coffee pot when you aren’t using them. All easy ways to go green!
7. Turn down the temperature on your water heater.
8. Wash laundry in cold water.
9. Line dry your clothes
10. Clean the back of your fridge. Dusty coils can increase your refrigerator’s energy consumption by 30%.
11. Next time you have to replace an appliance, get one that’s Energy Star certified.
12. Turn your thermostat down a few degrees. Drop it a few more while you’re asleep or at work all day.
Reduce Your Water Consumption
13. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
14. Wash full loads of laundry rather than a bunch of smaller loads.
15. Collect rain water to water your gardens and house plants.
16. Take shorter showers.
17. Don’t wash your hair every day. It will keep your showers much shorter, which saves water. Plus it isn’t good for your hair to be washed every day anyway.
18. Turn the water off while you shave. Ladies, don’t shave in the shower. All that time water is just running down the drain, wasted.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
19. Buy a reusable water bottle. Disposable plastic water bottles are one of the biggest offenders in land fills.
20. Get a water filter for your faucet or fridge. I love my Brita pitcher! You can also find generic or store brand filters for the pitcher, saving even more money!
21. Get a reusable coffee mug like this stainless steel tumbler. You can bring your own coffee from home, or you can fill it up at the coffee shop, gas station, or work. It’s also perfect for cold drinks!
22. Carry reusable shopping bags. You can buy them at most check out isles for about $1. Keep them in your car so you always have them with you when you stop at the store.
23. Make your own reusable produce bags. Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose in a landfill.
24. Quit using paper towels. Switch to cloth towels and napkins. Cut up worn out old clothes, towels, and sheets to use as rags around the house.
25. Reuse glass bottles and jars for bulk food storage, or really any kind of storage.
26. Shop second hand stores, thrift stores, and garage sales for furniture, appliances, clothes, toys, books; almost anything you need or want!
27. Donate items you no longer use so they don’t end up in a landfill.
28. Recycle items that can’t be reused or donated.
29. Choose paperless billing. Not only will this save trees, but it can save you money too. Some utilities will charge you a fee to pay your bill online unless you opt-in to paperless billing. Sometimes you can even get discounts, like on your insurance, by going paperless.
30. Put an end to all that junk mail.
32. Try making some of your own toiletries and beauty products.
Easy Ways to Go Green with Your Diet
33. Eat local. According to the NRDC domestically grown produce can travel an average of 1,500 miles before it makes its way to your plate. Eating locally reduces the amount of pollution caused and energy used to store and transport your food.
35. Eat less meat. Conventionally raised (factory farmed) livestock is responsible for a major contribution to global warming, massive water consumption, deforestation, and polluting our waterways with toxic hormones and antibiotics.
36. Start having Meatless Mondays.
37. When you do eat meat, choose free-range and organic. Organic meat is free of the GMOs, hormones, and antibiotics used in conventional meat production. It also has less of an impact on the environment.
38. Eat organic. The toxic run-off from the pesticides and fertilizers used in conventional farming pollutes our waterways and poisons our bodies. However, eating organic can be expensive, leading to my next point …
39. Eat in season. At the grocery store today you can get just about any type of fruit or veggie you want any time of the year. But how far did that food have to travel to get here? Maybe thousands of miles, while pumping out green houses gasses the whole way.
I hope this list inspires you on your journey towards green living! Do you have any awesome cheap and easy ways to go green I left out?