How can I go green

Living sustainably can be simple and inexpensive. Most of the changes you can make do not even cost a penny. Those changes that do cost money are extremely inexpensive and easy to do on any budget.

NO-COST TIPS

  • 1. Air-dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying cycle (IFAS)

  • 2. Turn off computer and monitor when they are not in use for extended periods of time (IFAS)

  • 3. Close the air vent in the laundry room (IFAS)

  • 4. Lower thermostat on hot water heater to 120 degrees (IFAS)

  • 5. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes (IFAS)

  • 6. Close the blinds and shades during the day to keep out the sun's heat (in the summer) (IFAS)

  • 7. Take shorter showers.

  • 8. Keep your airconditioning at 78 degrees

  • 9. Eat less meat and more vegetables. "The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent - 18 percent - than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation" (FAO Newsroom)

  • 10. RECYCLE!


LOW-COST TIPS

  • 1. Plant deciduous trees around the home (particularly near windows) to reduce sunlight loading during summer. The deciduous trees lose their leaves during winter, letting sunlight in (IFAS)

  • 2. Repair leaky air ducts: these are recognized as a major source of energy waste and can prevent HVAC systems from working properly (request a duct system test from your home's energy provider) (IFAS)

  • 3. Caulk or weatherstrip air leaks (IFAS)

  • 4. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (IFAS)

  • 5. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn power strips off when not in use (IFAS)

  • 6. Clean/replace AC filters monthly; cleaning or replacing dirty air filters can save 5% of the energy used to run the AC system (IFAS)

  • 7. Buy items packaged in post-consumer recycled materials

  • 8. Bring reusable bags to the store

  • 9. Use a reusable water bottle/canteen

  • 10. Buy items in bulk to save on excess packaging