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Seven Ways to Go Green at Home

June 10, 2013

Home Recycling BinsBeing more eco-conscious in your day-to-day living doesn’t require the drastic lifestyle changes many people think it does. As a matter of fact, it’s many little changes to everyday life that can contribute to a healthier, greener earth. You can do your part by trying out some of these ideas at home to go green and give Mother Nature a helping hand:

Use washable dinnerware at work: Discarded Styrofoam coffee cups and plastic utensils create a lot of waste time. Switching to washable mugs and utensils from home limits this waste.

Buy locally produced food: The less distance your food has to travel to reach your market, the better it is for the environment. When food doesn’t have to travel far, it translates into less gasoline consumption, less automobile emissions and less transport costs. You’ll also be supporting your local producers and local economy.

Buy organic food: Because organic food farming doesn’t use pesticides, it promotes and maintains an ecologically balanced and pure environment.

Start a compost pile: You can use your compost to start a home garden for growing organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. With a compost pile, you’ll reduce the amount of waste you send to sit in a landfill, where it contributes to the earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide – the major cause of global warming. Also, producing your own compost means you won’t have to make extra trips to the gardening store for soil and fertilizer – you’ll already have it on hand!

Use energy efficient light bulbs: As the light bulbs in your home burn out, replace them with CFL or LED bulbs to lower your energy consumption. Not only will you be helping to save the environment, you’ll save on your electric bill, too!

Tune up your vehicle: When your car runs at its peak performance, it produces fewer emissions. A tune-up also makes your car safer to drive and may increase its overall miles-per-gallon.

Recycle more: There are many ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. For example, if your office doesn’t have a recycling program, you could start one or organize a collection. At home, think about everything you throw away on a daily basis and whether the items can be recycled or used in another way. Decreasing the amount of waste and increasing recycling may be the most impactful way to go green in your daily living.

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