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Ask your utility company for a home energy audit.
- Your power company has an energy audit program that will tell you where your home is poorly insulated or energy-inefficient. This information will help you save energy and lower your energy bill.
- Avoid aerosols since there is no practical reuse or recycling potential for them. Use products with pumps instead, or use incense or candles to freshen air.
Avoid single helping packages.
Buy beer in bulk.
- Purchasing beer in the largest container possible saves having to
manufacture and recycle all of those pesky cans and bottles, and it saves money too.
Buy eco-friendly cleaners.
- Household cleaners are solutions of powerful cleaning
agents and abrasives which may be ideal for cleaning stains,
they also damage the environment.
Buy locally produced goods and services.
- Purchasing local products stabilizes jobs and bolsters the
Buy products in bulk.
- Buying products in bulk reduces packaging waste, especially if you bring your own reusable containers. It's usually more economical too.
Buy whole fruits and vegetables.
- Buy whole fruits and vegetables to avoid the unnecessary trays and wraps. This reduces waste and you are more likely to get
fresher produce at lower prices this way.
Carry and use your own coffee mug or other beverage container.
- Carry your own beverage container instead of using the paper or plastic cups provided at stores and coffee shops.
Check paper boxes (cereal etc.) to ensure they are recycled.
- Checking paper box packaging, such as cereal boxes, to ensure they are recycled (the unprinted side should be grey not white) saves paper, trees, and reuces waste.
Clean and replace air conditioner filters.
- By simply cleaning that dirty filter in your air conditioner, you can save 5% of the energy used and reduce carbon dioxide.
Compost the dust swept up from the floor.
- Dust, hair, sand, dirt and kitchen food scraps are all great for
the compost pile. In a lifetime one could save quite
a bit of landfill space while enriching the land where one lives.
Consider buying necessary items at flea markets or garage sales.
- As they say, "one man's trash is another man's treasure". Some of
my most treasured items I have bought second hand, such as
sweatshirts, pots & pans, tools, etc. Re-using and refurbishing
old items saves landfill space and also tends to satisfy that
- A dripping faucet can waste an amazing amount of water. Fix leaking or dripping faucets as soon as possible.
- Styrofoam will never degrade, find a substitute.
Encourage others to recycle.
- Everyone has been educated in one way or another about the benefits of recycling, but many people still don't do it. It just might take a little bit of peer pressure from a friend to encourage them to think about sorting out their recyclables.
Fix leaky faucets and "running" toilets.
- Sometimes jiggling the handle isn't enough. That leaky faucet or "running" toilet wastes thousands of gallons of water a month and will finally give you a little peace and quiet.
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- There are many Chinese ethic characteristic bracelet and procelained ornament box.
Insulate your water heater.
- Wrapping your water heater in insulation reduces carbon dioxide by 1000 pounds a year.
Keep household chemicals out of children's reach.
- Our households contain very harmful cleaning chemicals which are often stored in low level cabinets and shelves where children can reach them. Keeping chemicals out of children's reach can save
Keep your bedroom clean.
- When our bedroom is clean and organized, we can
effectively organize the rest of our life; our clothes are
cleaner and less rinkled, we can find our car keys and
friends want to visit and maybe even sleep over.
Keep your house clean.
- Keeping your house clean has many benefits, your stuff remains orginized and easy to find, it reduces germs and bacteria, it is more socially prefered and it will give you peace of mind to live in a clean environment.
Keep your water heater set lower than 120 degrees.
- Turning down the setting on your water heater thermostat saves energy; 120 degrees is usually hot enough.
Line dry your clothes.
- Why not give the dryer a rest? Let the sun dry your clothes naturally. Line drying clothing not only saves energy but also gives clothes that sun-fresh smell.
Make eco-friendly packaging choices.
- Eco-friendly packaging such as: reusable containers, recycled
packaging, and items with the least amount of packaging, are
easy on landfills, our dwindling natural recources and our
Make something new out of something old.
- Find creative ways to give new life to materials that might normally be thrown away, such as old bike parts, wood scraps, broken plates, clothing, etc.
Pick a climate friendly house color.
- Depending on the dominant climate of the region you live in, the color of your home can have a large affect on the cost it takes to heat or cool it; light colored for hot climates to reflect the sun's rays and dark to attract heat.
Plant trees at home.
- Planting trees at home, enriches the natural environment and
beautifies our world.
Post a chalk or wipe board for phone messages and notes.
- Instead of paper, post a chalkboard or wipe board for phone messages and other household notes.
Recycle household water.
- A high percentage of the water we use runs "down the drain." Much of that
water can be reclaimed. Save rinse water for plants, collect
preheated shower water as well as run off from roof tops in
buckets for household use.
Recycle the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls.
- Toilet paper rolls can really add up when you think about the
billions of people who use toilet paper each day! By recycling
the used cardboard tubes you save trees and landfill space!
- With natural resources dwindling and landfills growing, it
is necessary and quite easy to recycle.
Reduce animal by-products in your home.
- Animal by-products surround us. That classy leather sofa, the comfy down comforter and that prized stuffed elk's head you are so proud of all were killed unnecessarily. Animals no longer must die for human comfort, we can grow and manufacture our stuff.
- Reducing household waste by making eco-friendly purchases,
sorting out recyclables and simply being more aware of the
trash we produce drasticly reduces landfill glut and it
also limits the amount of natural resources we expend.
Repair rather than discard.
- Being handy around the house helps prolong the life of older
items and reincarnates broken ones. It reduces land-fill over crowding, saves invaluable natural resources and is intensely
Resist dumping hazardous chemicals down the drain.
- Water treatment systems are built to accommodate regular household waste. Pouring hazardous chemicals down household drains taxes municiple water filtration systems and in many communities it pollutes drinking water.
Return wire hangers to the dry cleaners.
Reuse cash register receipts, phone bills etc. for scratch paper
- Cash register receipts and other one-use paper usually has an unprinted backside that can be reused. This saves trees and reduces waste. By saving these paper scraps you'll always be ready to do something good for the planet.
- Envelopes come to us free of charge almost everyday, if you take care in opening them they can be used again simply by putting a label over the preprinted address. This saves money and trees as well as reducing waste.
Shop at farmer's markets.
- Buying directly from associated farmers at farmer's markets,
supports small, organic, and family farms, and affords one
the opportunity to select from the finest quality foods
Turn aluminum cans into cash.
- Cans are redeemable in every state and in some areas they fetch 15 cents. This money is paid when the product is purchased to insure that the aluminum isn't wasted littering the
environment. This keeps the world clean and puts money in your pocket.
Use cloth diapers.
- They say that 1% of all American landfill space is occupied
by disposable diapers which take up to 500 years to decompose. Cotton can be reused 100 times and decomposes in
1-6 months. Reduce landfill glut and save natural resources, use cloth diapers.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
- Cloth napkins can be used again and again, do not require trees to be harvested, and are actually nicer to use than paper napkins.
Use concentrated products.
- Use concentrated products, such as juice, laundry detergent, and other cleaners, when available. Concentrated products reduce packaging waste and save money.
Use fluorescent bulbs as your primary light source.
- Fluorescent bulbs use much less energy than incandescent bulbs do and they last much longer.
Use newspaper and/or cardboard as fire starter.
- Any use that you can make of an item that might end up in the
trash is a good use (recycling is always the best). Using
newspaper and/or cardboard as fire starter instead of trashing it
slows deforestation and minimizes landfill waste.
Use rechargeable batteries.
- Batteries contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment when disposed of. They run down and must be
replaced regularly. Using rechargeable batteries saves money
and doesn't pollute the earth.
Use refillable containers and packages.
- Using refillable containers and packages that can
be refilled, either directly at the location of purchase or by buying large volume containers and refilling a smaller ones, reduces waste, saves natural resources and money while being more efficient.
Use reusable shopping bags.
- If each of us used one less shopping bag a week, we could save
hundreds of millions of bags every year. Paper bags are made of virgin paper and plastic bags are not degradable. Using a
reusable bag is earth-friendly.