10 Ways to Green Up Your Life

These 10 tips are from Whole Foods’ list of 30 ways to green up your life.

  1. Sun Power
    Adjust your window blinds to reduce energy used for heating and cooling. In the summer, keep sunny-side blinds closed. In the winter, open up and let the sunshine in to help heat your home.
  2. Drive Smart
    Try walking, riding a bike or combining trips in your car to cut back on the miles that you drive each day. If you stopped driving just 20 extra miles per week for one year, you could save about 900 pounds of CO2 per year.
  3. Turn Out the Lights
    Before leaving your home or office, make sure all of the lights are turned off. This simple task will save energy and save you money.
  4. Start a Compost Pile in Your Yard
    As landfill space becomes increasingly scarce and expensive, composting is an extremely valuable idea for reducing needless garbage. Composting requires little effort and, in time, will create an earthy, crumbly substance to help your plants flourish.
  5. Reduce Hot Water Use
    Wash your clothes in cold or warm water to save up to 500 pounds of CO2 per year. Rinse your dishes with cold water (they don’t need two hot baths), and wait to run the dishwasher until it is full.
  6. Change a Light
    Twenty percent of the electricity consumed in the United States is for lighting. Replacing one regular bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
  7. Turn Off Electronics
    Simply turning off your TV, DVD player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them will save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Some appliances even use electricity when turned off, so unplug those used infrequently.
  8. Don’t Trash Clothing
    Use worn out t-shirts, towels and bed linens as rags for cleaning around the house. Pass along unwanted clothes to friends, family or charitable organizations.
  9. Adjust Your Thermostat
    Moving your thermostat down just 2 degrees in the winter and up 2 degrees in the summer could save 2,000 pounds of CO2.
  10. Buy Local
    Purchase locally grown food when possible to support independent, local farms and the environment. They use fewer resources on their way to your plate, and they’re usually fresher, too, since they’re typically picked more recently.
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