10 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Reducing your carbon footprint depends largely on using less carbon-producing energy. Even little actions can add up to create a worthwhile environmental benefit.

Here are 10 easy ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home. There is literally no reason that almost anyone cannot take these simple, energy-saving steps.

1) Set your refrigerator temperature at 36° to 38° and your freezer at 0° to 5°. They will use less energy when you reduce the differential between the temperature of the room and the temperature set point inside the refrigerator and freezer.

2) Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so that it uses less energy.

3) Use a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven or cook top when possible to conserve energy when cooking. Savings are particularly striking when reheating food or liquids.  Continue reading “10 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint”

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3 Tips To Go Green and Save Money

Do you believe that living greener costs too much, and that is the main reason you are held back from adopting a greener lifestyle?

To be sure, many vendors do charge a premium for green products. I have hard time with the idea that I will pay $50 for an organic fiber T-shirt or $40 for a reusable water bottle. In fact, at my home we try to focus on green lifestyle actions we can take that will actually save us money as we make our lives more sustainable. You can as well.

There are some actions you can take now that will starting saving money immediately. Here are three simple steps anyone can take, and the results will show up in lower utility bills by next month. Continue reading “3 Tips To Go Green and Save Money”

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Green Living Can Also Be Good For Your Health: Three Tips for Being Green and Healthy

Green living is being embraced by increasing numbers of people. Saving energy at home, using less gasoline, conserving fresh water and recycling paper, plastic and glass products all contribute to a greener lifestyle and a lower carbon footprint.

But there is another reason for going green: green living is also healthy.

Here are three tips for living a green and healthy lifestyle.

1. Start an organic garden at home. In addition to some exercise, gardening offers health benefits by allowing you to make sure that your homegrown fruit and vegetables are chemical and toxin free. And by growing some of your food at home, you reduce pollution and save fuel by not having that food shipped to you from across the country, or even from half way around the world. You also avoid the expense and pollution resulting from driving your car to a local store to buy it. Continue reading “Green Living Can Also Be Good For Your Health: Three Tips for Being Green and Healthy”

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Five Tips for Being Green and Healthy

Green living is being embraced by increasing numbers of people. Saving energy at home, using less gasoline, conserving fresh water and recycling paper, plastic and glass products all contribute to a greener lifestyle and a lower carbon footprint. But there is another reason for going green: green living is healthy.

Here are five tips for living a green and healthy lifestyle.

1. Walk (or run) up the stairs rather than taking the elevator. Elevators require energy moving people up and down in buildings. Unless you need to go to the 68th floor, consider taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Walking or running up stairs is an easy step you can take to include some aerobic exercise in your routine every day. The benefit to you will be a healthier heart and help in losing weight, if that is one of your objectives.

2. Start a garden at home. In addition to some exercise, gardening benefits health by allowing you to make sure that your homegrown fruit and vegetables are chemical and toxin free. Continue reading “Five Tips for Being Green and Healthy”

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