Monday, 12 November 2007

Easy ways to go green

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As someone who works every day to lower her impact on the planet, sometimes I get a little frustrated. It can seem overwhelming at times, while I recycle every last piece of paper and obsessively turn off lights in the rooms we aren't using. Are we really having any effect? Are we doing enough? I don't know the answer to those questions, but I do believe that as more people contribute in the small and big ways that they can, we'll see a ripple effect.

There are big things you can do to effect change. But for some, those bigger things just aren't realistic. If you still want to do your part, however, you can try one of many smaller lifestyle changes that may help. For instance, you can:
  • Lower your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. It'll be hot enough for you to use, but save you 3 to 5% a year on your energy bill.
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan. Set it to go clockwise in the winter to bring warm air down, and vice versa in the summer. If you don't have a ceiling fan, don't buy one.
  • Try to upgrade electronics rather than replace. Electronics are a huge source of waste.
  • Turn off your TV and other appliances, but unplug them as well. Appliances can be a drain on electricity even when they aren't turned on.
What about you -- what's your favorite small step toward greener living?

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