Here
are some simple “green tips” for every day living. When done regularly,
they just become a way of life.

1.
Skip the bottled water

  • 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 plastic container waste.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminium rather
    than plastic, with you when travelling or at work. This also applies to
    buying coffee.

2.
Borrow instead of buying

  • Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and
    movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes
    into printing new books. Download from bit torrent. Go paperless and
    wireless.

3.
Less petrol means more money

  • Shake those legs! Walk or bike to work. This saves on
    petrol, ERP and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health
    and reducing your risk of obesity.
  • Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or
    move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you
    money in the long term.



4. Make your own cleaning supplies

  • The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic
    cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple
    ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
  • Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and
    packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality. It’s fun!


5.
Eat smart

  • 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.
  • Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and
    dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the
    local economy.


6.
Think before you buy

  • Go online to find new or gently used second-hand products.
    Discover vintage. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to
    redecorate, consider a service like yahoo classifieds or ebay to track
    down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free. This is
    especially true for baby’s toys and accessories.
  • Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops
    for clothing and other everyday items.


7.
Save energy to save money

  • Use fans whenever possible; air conditioning units are huge
    energy eaters.
  • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your
    older incandescent bulbs burn out.
  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a
    “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts
    “phantom” or “vampire” 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.
  • Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy
    otherwise used during machine drying.


8.
Buy smart

  • Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money
    and packaging.
  • Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves
    money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.
  • Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay
    more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as
    frequently.


9.
Save water to save money

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower
    your water and heating bills too. Take cold showers whenever possible;
    avoid baths.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead. They don’t cost much, and the
    water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
  • Avoid using a dishwasher; soap plates without using the tap
    and then rinse sparingly.
  • Wash your car as sparingly as possible; commercial carwashes
    have a tendency to waste large amounts of water though some do use
    recycled water.


10.
Keep electronics out of the trash

  • Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as
    long as possible.
  • Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes.
    E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental
    problem.
  • Recycle your cell phone.
  • What items can and can’t be recycled; lobby to have a
    recycling bin in your area.
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