Simple Ways to Incorporate Green Living

Many people live green and they don't even know it. They conserve resources and save energy as a natural way of life. Living a green life does not have to be complicated; it can actually be quite easy, even fun.

Some simple ways to include green living in your everyday life are:

  • Use reusable cloth bags when shopping instead of getting disposable plastic or paper bags every time.

  • Get your name taken off direct mail advertising lists.

  • Ride a bicycle or walk to nearby locations instead of taking your car.

  • Carpool or take public transportation to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Plant a tree. Even better, plant a whole orchard. Make it count even more by planting trees that produce food, such as apple trees or even nut-bearing trees.

  • Give back to nature by planting a garden and making your yard wildlife-friendly.

  • Get involved in your community, volunteer, and join local activist groups that share your beliefs.

  • Purchase a reusable water bottle, such as a Sigg, instead of purchasing expensive bottled water.

  • Purchase recycled and tree-free paper products.

  • Refill your ink cartridges a couple of times before recycling them.

  • Properly dispose of all waste.

  • Recycle everything that you can.

  • Go digital; be as digital as possible by taking and storing photos digitally and downloading songs, TV shows, and movies instead of buying DVDs and CDs.

  • The United States Postal Service delivers more than 87 billion pieces of direct mail every year. Take your name off lists, opt out of credit offers, and get only the catalogs you actually want to reduce your paper waste. Take care to recycle the unwanted items that still find their way to your mailbox. For more information, visit DMAChoice.org.

  • Avoid disposable products. Use reusable bags, towels, and plates instead. If you must get disposable products, get items made from post-consumer waste recycled fibers and/or biodegradable/compostable products that you will put in your compost.

The most effective ways to be green are through energy and resource conservation. Save energy with these easy habits:

  • Install compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). These bulbs last six to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs and use much less energy, saving you money as well.

  • Switch to LED lights for flashlights and strands of lighting such as Christmas lights and other decorative lighting. This can save you a bundle because they use so much less energy and last more than twenty years, and you don't have to worry about them heating up and causing a fire.

  • Unplug appliances and gadgets when you aren't using them. They still drain electricity even when they're off. Turn off power strips when you aren't around.

  • Fix all leaky faucets and pipes. This will save water and cut costs on your bills.

  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucets and dual-flush water conserving toilets. The initial investment is minimal and will save you a lot in the long run.

  • Invest in rechargeable batteries.

  • Wear clothing more than once before washing it. Only do laundry when you have a full load.

  • Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.

  • Wash clothing in cold water instead of hot.

  • Purchase Energy Star appliances.

  • Consider going solar.

There are so many ways to live a simple, green, sustainable life. If you would like more ideas and ways to live a green life, visit the numerous websites devoted to green living. Some resources include About.com Green Living, Green Living Journal, and Green Living.

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