It is so nice to live in harmony with nature.
It is so nice to live in harmony with nature.

Recycle electronics, including computers, printers, cd players, and toys.

Avoid creating trash wherever possible: when ordering food, avoid receiving any unnecessary plastic utensils, straws, etc. (ask in advance), buy ice cream in a cone instead of a cup, don't accept "free" promotional products, buy products with the least amount of packaging, etc. Every little bit of trash avoided does make a difference.

While shopping, if you only buy a few products skip the shopping bag. For larger purchases, bring your own.

Switch from disposable to reusable products: food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, diapers, towels, shopping bags, etc.

Instead of buying these items new, save and reuse all: paper bags, rubber bands, twisties, boxes, and packaging material. Reuse your plastic bags

Purchase rechargeable batteries and a battery recharger (some battery rechargers will also recharge regular alkaline batteries). Solar powered battery rechargers are available online.

 

Paint your home a light color if you live in a warm climate and a dark color if you live in a cold climate, in order to conserve energy

 

Whenever possible, keep lights off during the day. Encourage family members to get in the habit of turning off lights when they leave a room (taping small reminder notes to light switches can help).

Use your dishwasher and don't rinse dishes beforehand (for an average of 75lt savings).

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use 1/4th of the electricity and produce the same amount of light.

Switch off the television when there are no viewers. This principle holds true for computers, stereos and the radio-turn it off if not in use

Water any plants you might have at night, in order to minimize evaporation

Start buying as much as you can in bulk, this will eliminate wasted packaging.

Increase your gas mileage by keeping your tires properly inflated -- which also keeps 174kg of CO2 out of the air each year.

 

It's usually free, and you'll never miss another payment. If all U.S. households alone, viewed and paid bills electronically, 18.5 million trees and 60 billion lt of water per year would be saved.

Turning off the water between rinses can save at least 7.5 lt in one brushing session.

Replace existing shower heads with the lowest flow product you can find. Shower heads with a mist setting let you reduce water flow even further. Shower instead of taking a bath. Time your showers - try to keep them to 5 minutes. If taking a bath, limit how high you fill the tub.

 

If you have house plants, whenever possible water them with leftover or unused water from drinking, cooking, and showering. Keep of water pitcher near your sink or bathtub and collect unused water running from the tap (waiting for cooler or warmer water).

Take your car to a car wash that recycles water. If you wash it yourself, use a bucket and sponge and rinse sparingly.

 

It is estimated that 13.7% of household water is wasted by leaks. Check your water meter when no one is using water in the house. If it's moving there's a leak. A running toilet can waste 2 gallons a minute. Check by adding food coloring to the tank without flushing. After 10 minutes, look for leaks indicated by color in the bowl.

 

Steam rather than boil your veggies to save a quart or more of water. Better yet, try giving vegetables a quick rinse, placing them in a covered bowl, and microwaving them for a minute or two.

Recycle electronics, including computers, printers, cd players, and toys.