28 Simple Tips for Living Green with Little Effort

28 Simple Tips for Living Green with Little Effort

Well, it’s official: the new black is green—living green, that is.

New companies devoted to helping reduce folks’ carbon footprint are springing up all over.

Hybrid cars, renewed interest in recycling, eco-friendly business practices—all are devoted to cleaning up the nation’s environment.



Please don’t leave trash behind when you’re camping or hiking, at the beach or a park.

If you see trash left behind by others, you can help preserve the environment by disposing of it properly (Use Protective Gloves).


How Can You Jump on the Eco-Bandwagon?


  1. Fix any plumbing leaks—sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets all should be inspected for drips and leaks. The tiniest drip can add up to a lot of wasted water.
  2. Better yet, install water-saving faucets and toilets. You can even buy conservational water pipes to replace your old plumbing.
  3. While you’re at it, install a programmable thermostat to save energy.
  4. At least turn down the heat at night, during the day if no one is home, and any time you leave the house.
  5. Use compact, long-life fluorescent light bulbs. They’re more expensive, but they last several times longer than the old-fashioned kind.
  6. Many utility companies perform home energy audits for their customers. This will let you know where you’re being wasteful and where you can save energy and money.
  7. Your audit may point out that you need new or additional insulation.
  8. You may find that your windows and doors aren’t as tight as you thought. Seal it all up with weather stripping and caulking.
  9. By preventing heat from escaping, you automatically reduce your energy consumption.
  10. Another place for insulation: Your Electric (NOT NATURAL GAS!) Hot Water Heater as well as the pipes. Just make sure the insulation is no closer than six inches from the heater.
  11. During the winter, change the filter in your furnace every month. If the filter is allowed to collect dust, it will make your furnace work harder, use more energy and potentially shorten the life of this expensive appliance.
  12. Use non-toxic cleaning alternatives in your home, such as baking soda, vinegar, etc.
  13. No more plastic furniture—make sure your furnishings are constructed out of natural materials like wood, metal, and glass.
  14. Read the labels of the items you’re buying and avoid the use of polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC or vinyl). It can creep up in toys, flooring, shower curtains, etc.
  15. Compost your food waste and use it as nutrient-rich soil for your lawn.
  16. Cut down on paper products. Paper towels and napkins can be replaced with cloth rags and napkins.
  17. Bite the bullet and start depending on reusable items, such as water bottles, food containers, batteries, pens, razors, etc.
  18. Instead of going to a carwash or letting your garden hose run, wash your car when it rains—get out there with your chamois and your eco-friendly soap and have at it.
  19. Whenever possible, think globally but buy locally. Transporting food across the country uses up an obscene amount of fuel. An added bonus is that it’s good for the local economy.
  20. Cut down on your battery usage. The hazardous waste created by the lead in batteries is a danger to the environment. Instead, use rechargeable or solar-charged batteries.
  21. Avoid products with excess packaging. Reward companies who use packaging sparingly.
  22. Stop using plastic bags! Plastic grocery bags are a quadruple whammy: they never decompose, they’re hazardous to wildlife when they inevitably end up in their habitats, they’re made from petroleum products, and they can be a danger to the folks in your household.
  23. Avoid the use of aerosols.
  24. Instead of lubricants containing solvents, use castor or mineral oils to lubricate switches and hinges.
  25. Use water-based latex house paints instead of oil or solvent-based paints.
  26. Be very mindful of what you throw away. Never dispose of paint, solvents, motor oil in your garbage can.
  27. Talk to your garbage collection company for proper disposal procedures of hazardous wastes.
  28. Never throw away a computer. Lead is a hazard to the environment. Most cities now have specialty companies that recycle computers. Search for computer disposal.


Living Green Will Make You Into A Giver

  • Instead of throwing away old books, donate them to the library or the Salvation Army.
  • Give last season’s wardrobe to Goodwill or another organization.
  • Instead of throwing away old books, donate them to the library or the Salvation Army.
  • Give last season’s wardrobe to Goodwill or another organization.
  • Teach Your Children How to Recycle
  • Give Your Excess Garden Produce and Flowers to Neighbors

Plow & Hearth

3 Tips on How to Use Baking Soda

You can do almost anything with it. Try these ideas:

  1. Deodorize Your Car. Sprinkle some on the seats and floor, let it sit 15 minutes and then vacuum.
  2. Take it on a Camping Trip.  Use it as a dish washer, hand cleanser, toothpaste and fire extinguisher.
  3. Clean Your Microwave. Mix 2 teaspoons in a cup of water, put it in a quart container and zap it for 2-3 minutes on high. Wipe down moist interior.


Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Disinfect Kitchen Countertops and Cutting Boards.

Pour a Little Over Your Toothbrush After Every Use.

Mix 1 oz. in 1 quart of water and Water Your Plants. It Adds Oxygen to the Soil and Helps Roots Grow


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28 Simple Tips For Living Green With Little Effort

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Plow & Hearth


Well, it’s official: the new black is green—living green, that is. New companies devoted to helping reduce folks’ carbon footprint are springing up all over. Hybrid cars, renewed interest in recycling, eco-friendly business practices—all are devoted to cleaning up the nation’s environment. Please don’t leave trash behind when you’re camping or hiking, at the beach…