Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1220pm (central) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.
GREEN TIP: As we march into Holiday gift buying season every penny counts so discover new ways to save money while saving the planet.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Green cleaning products will improve your health, lessen adverse environmental impacts and save money. Instead of buying a myriad of toxic chemicals from the store, get spotless countertops, floors, bathrooms and more the old-fashioned way, with vinegar, baking soda, borax and elbow grease.
Visit Green Tip – Spring Cleaning to get some simple green cleaning recipes .
Print On Both Sides
It’s not that hard to print on both sides of the paper. But even though most software programs give that option, most of us still print only on one side of the page. Consider this: the U.S. alone uses 4 million tons of copy paper annually, about 27 pounds per person. Save some money and your local landfill. Print on two sides.
Visit The Daily Green for more money saving tips.
We talked about it last week, idling wastes fuel, gets you nowhere and produces unnecessary greenhouse gases. If you’re going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, except in traffic, turn off the engine. Older vehicles, however, may need more idling time when first started. In cold, winter conditions all vehicles may need more idling time to warm up and ensure the windshield is fully defogged. Be sure your vehicle is warmed enough to prevent stalling when you pull out.
Stop Buying Bottled Water
Drink filtered tap water. This simple tip will conserve resources, help the environment and save you money.
Visit Green Tips – Stop Using Bottled Water for more information about bottled water.
Whenever possible, instead of purchasing disposable products that contribute to our waste stream, buy reusable products. This green tip may require an initial purchase of some quality items but in the end you’ll save money and the planet. For example use rechargeable batteries, cloth napkins, stainless steel water bottles and permanent coffee filters.
Visit Green Tip – Think Reusable NOT Disposable for more tips.
Use Your Computer Settings
Did you know that 90% of desktop computers are not optimized for energy efficiency? Take advantage of “sleep” and “hibernate” settings, and turn off your computer when you won’t be using it for an hour or more.
And while you’re at it, unplug other electronics around your home or office when they’re not in use. Many appliances continue to draw electricity when they’re turned off, releasing unnecessary pollutants into the air, and costing you unnecessary dollars.
Visit Top 5 Energy-efficient Computers for more information.
Visit Your Library
Instead of buying books, CDs, DVDs and even magazines that you barely use, check materials out of your neighborhood library, or relax inside their quiet walls. Over time, you can save money, and you’ll help divert paper and plastics from landfills.
Adjust Your Thermostat
You can save as much as 20% a year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 7 – 10 degrees for 8 hours each day. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat lets you preset the times your home is heated, so heat can be lowered while you are asleep or out of the house. The cost, between $30 – $50, is offset by the long-term energy savings. Installation is easy for the average home handyman – you don’t need to hire a serviceman.
Visit Eartheasy.com for more information.
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.
Raising independent-minded kids in today’s highly commercialized culture can be tough. The Center for a New American Dream’s Kids and Commercialism Campaign raises awareness of the effects of marketing on kids. They offer practical tips and tools that help adults teach kids the financial skills and media literacy necessary to tune out the siren’s song of excessive advertising, and experience the joy of having more fun with less stuff.
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