16 Ways to put more “green” into your life

Everybody’s talking about being more environmentally friendly, going green, and saving the planet. Here are some ways to help you leave a smaller inpact on the earth from the U.S. Green Building Council:

LOWER UTILITY BILLS:

  1. Switch to the Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  2. Program your thermostat (or switch to a programmable kind if you don’t have one)
  3. Plug air leaks
  4. Have the heating and cooling systems serviced
  5. Choose Energy Star appliances (in some cases, you can get a rebate from the power company for these!)
  6. Reduce water useage
  7. Switch to green power sources

CHOOSE GREEN PRODUCTS

  1. Buy local
  2. Use low-VOC products (I wasn’t sure what that meant, so I included a link to a Wikipedia article about VOC’s)
  3. Use wood alternatives or FSC-certified wood products (That’s Forest Stewardship Council, folks)
  4. Use rapidly renewable flooring marterials

GREEN YOUR YARD

  1. Plant trees to provide shade and wind protection for your home
  2. Use Native plantings
  3. Use non-toxic gardening techniques

GREEN YOUR TRANSPORTATION:

  1. Carpool, use public transportation, walk,  or bike when possible
  2. Buy a higher efficiency car
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2 thoughts on “16 Ways to put more “green” into your life

  1. Toronto realtor says:

    Michelle you seem to be passionate about protecting environment, the points about LOWER UTILITY BILLS, CHOOSE GREEN PRODUCTS, GREEN YOUR YARD, GREEN YOUR TRANSPORTATION carry a clear message, points are easy to implement in the everyday life, from TODAY. I will be honest with you, I don’t participate on saving our environment as much as I could, this should be our project no.1. I invite all bloggers to make a difference from today!

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