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Ways to Go GREEN!

Monday, April 12, 2010

With earth day on April 22nd it’s so important to remember to try and reduce our carbon footprint.  With global warming taking rise every lit bit helps. Here are a few key tips that you can do to better our earth and better your pocket book...who said doing good can’t also save you money!
 
·         Carpool. Start a carpool group for work or for school, not only will you save money on gas but you are also helping save the environment.
·         Switch to online bill pay to reduce paper waste
·         Use a reusable bag at the grocery store, most stores will give you a discount towards your total
·         Recycle your plastic, cans and glass and get cash for your good deeds by turning them into a recycle center
·         Use a water filter and a fun container to store your drinking water so you don’t produce multiple waste and avoid cost from plastic water bottles
·         Wash clothes in cold water when 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. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time.
·         Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs
·         Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), they use less energy which means lower energy bills
·         Make your own non-toxic cleaning products. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap
·         Use rechargeable batteries, they last longer which means less re-buying and less waste
What other ways can you go green?

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Yumi wrote:
1) 4/12/2010 10:47:37 AM
It is really hard for me to keep track of online bills. I receive the notices by e-mail, but by the time they are due, they are already on the second page of my inbox, marked as read, so I never find them and totally forget to pay. Not a good option for me...
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superrad wrote:
2) 4/12/2010 11:24:21 AM
As a college student I tend to get 5 page papers to write so I try to print on both sides of the paper I use.
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tnshopperusa wrote:
3) 4/12/2010 11:29:11 AM
When you "brown bag" lunch use a reusable lunch tote. Instead of using plastic bags, use reusable plastic containers for sandwiches, chips, etc. It not only helps to save the planet, but it will be more economical in the long run.
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Fieryhott wrote:
4) 4/12/2010 11:33:49 AM
Not only can you set the thermostat a few degrees lower you can also turn the hot water tank down a few degrees.
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NicoleMarie wrote:
5) 4/12/2010 11:56:41 AM
By unplugging anything that's not in use you save money on your electricity bill. Even if the electronic is not in use leaving it plugged in still uses electricity...it's a goodhabit to get into when using straightners and curling irons if you're prone to leaving them on when you're running out the door!
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Amezri wrote:
6) 4/12/2010 11:58:28 AM
I just purchased a portable solar charger and plan on using it to charge my cellphone, MP3 player, and internet tablet so I won't be using power off the grid for those items.
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gadj wrote:
7) 4/12/2010 12:11:51 PM
I pack my sons lunch in reusable containers instead of throwout baggies.
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justine wrote:
8) 4/12/2010 12:14:33 PM
i loveeeeee mmy reusable water bottle. it's way cuter than a plastic one and i save so much money!! :)
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Didinett1981 wrote:
9) 4/12/2010 12:16:31 PM
When you go out in a mall and you plan on eating there, bring with you your own ustensils (knife, fork and spoon) so you don't use the disposable ones and it doesn't take a lot of space in your bag. Try to favor the counters that have paper plates and glass instead of styrofoam ones cause they take more energy to recycle and there for it's not recycled everywhere. Think green !!
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peers wrote:
10) 4/12/2010 12:25:55 PM
We recycle everything, I wash out ziploc bags for reuse, wash out mayonnaise jars and use them to store hardware. You know how you always have a bit more conditioner left over..I use that as shaving cream...makes my skin oh so soft!! We compost all of our scraps from dinner and even
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peers wrote:
11) 4/12/2010 12:26:32 PM
We recycle everything, I wash out ziploc bags for reuse, wash out mayonnaise jars and use them to store hardware. You know how you always have a bit more conditioner left over..I use that as shaving cream...makes my skin oh so soft!! We compost all of our scraps from dinner and even our coffee grounds!!
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heidz wrote:
12) 4/12/2010 12:33:14 PM
I ride my bike to school and work. It's saved me so much gas money, doesn't cause pollution, is exercise, and such a peaceful way to enjoy the outdoors!
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HelloxxKitty wrote:
13) 4/12/2010 12:50:17 PM
I go biking instead of having a parent drop me off to school :)
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onecookieshort wrote:
14) 4/12/2010 12:53:10 PM
Buy a water filter - either one that connects to the faucet or a pitcher - and use reusable water bottles, preferably stainless steel.
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loverofgloss wrote:
15) 4/12/2010 1:10:05 PM
Take transit, turn of the lights if you're not using them, dry clothes outside if you can or hang them in a clothes rack if possible. I wash my clothes in cold water; it beats heating costs. I use dryer balls when I have to use the dryer. There's a big difference to how your clothes turn out.
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lotus-star wrote:
16) 4/12/2010 1:10:24 PM
I use reusable water bottle all the time, and keep reusable shopping bags with me. I also try to cut down on meat consumption and buy and eat more locally-grown foods. Walking and public transit are my primary modes of transportation. And the three R's...reduce, reuse and recycle is a motto I still use everyday!
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Tpzy wrote:
17) 4/12/2010 1:15:03 PM
I ALWAYS use cold water when using the washing machine. For small clean ups in the kitchen and bathroom I use vinegar and water in a spray bottle.We have also started to replace the old light bulbs with the energy efficient ones.
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omganna wrote:
18) 4/12/2010 1:15:28 PM
The easiest thing for me is to just be sure to turn lights out when I leave a room. Saves energy and lowers the electric bill too!
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LadyLaLa wrote:
19) 4/12/2010 1:33:34 PM
Use a lunchbox! A reusable lunchbox, for the kids or for the office, along with reusable containers for sandwiches and snacks are a great way to eliminate the need for plastic or paper baggies.
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Jordyn wrote:
20) 4/12/2010 1:57:52 PM
Reuse old plastic containers as tupperware and storage. For example, a lot of lunch meat comes in plastic tubs with lids...they are perfect for storing leftovers, bobbypins or extra makeup that doesn't fit in your case!
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LilyPower wrote:
21) 4/12/2010 2:55:08 PM
I thnk everyone should try to their share to go Green. It's not hard at all. I am also a college student and printing can be a hassle, so I use the back of my old papers for my drafts and print on both sides. I also got my dad to finally stop buying all that bottle water, it's not like all of it comes from the "Spings in Europe". It's so important to have planet for the future so let's all do our part!!!!
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lylytiger wrote:
22) 4/12/2010 3:04:23 PM
Thanks! I make an effort to go green, changed to CFL bulbs, recheargeable batteries, recycle plastic, paper etc.
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tictactoe wrote:
23) 4/12/2010 3:49:33 PM
i personally save as much paper as i can, m a university student and get a lot of stuff to print but i only print out that stuff which is really really important & that too on both sides of paper and yes i use rechargeable batteries all the time
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Graciejay wrote:
24) 4/12/2010 4:25:36 PM
ohhh... I like these ideas. they will work great and make me feel better about the environment. Thanks!
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alwayspink10 wrote:
25) 4/12/2010 4:32:37 PM
I am so into going green and saving the environment. I always have been, even before all the "go green" things started, and I have done ALL of the things on this list! :D (and of course, continue to!)
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kittieamy wrote:
26) 4/12/2010 4:34:59 PM
going green is awesome! i recently started my garden and growing veggies...i save gas from trips to the store!
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Angela510 wrote:
27) 4/12/2010 5:57:34 PM
I definitley believe in going green!!!!!! this is great :)
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fani wrote:
28) 4/12/2010 8:18:46 PM
i think this are very good ideas that i will try cause really need to save on my energy bill, besides anthing for mother nature
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R26 wrote:
29) 4/12/2010 11:37:45 PM
Use reusable shopping bags,walk whenever or possible,take the bus or train (it can be a fun change), Use LED light bulbs (more expensive but will last more than twice the life of CFLS-they will pay for themselves). I agree with you Achelle on using non-toxic products to clean our homes. One of the best things to do is invest in making your home more energy efficient-there are so many incentives for doing so. Thanks for the interesting blog!
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Froulein wrote:
30) 4/13/2010 9:06:09 AM
I already do most of this stuff!!! I've never tried lemon for cleaning though? That's interesting!
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staticbooking wrote:
31) 4/16/2010 10:40:48 AM
Not only is April 22nd Earth Day...it's also my BIRTHDAY! And every year, I always make a special effort that weekend to bring at least 1 bag of clothes, accessories, etc to the Local Thrift Store, a bag of books to a local Nursing Home, donate the whole month's worth of Recycleable can money to The Salvation Army, clean out my makeup case, and then splurge on new makeup and beauty products. It is something I have done for the last few years, and it makes me feel like I am making a small, but meaningful difference. Thank you for bringing such wonderful, affordable products for all us beauty product junkies! And remember, reduce, reuse, recycle! :)
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XxKatexX wrote:
32) 1/21/2011 3:05:34 PM
This looks great cant wait to try it!
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