There are two very good reasons to "go green". Going green places less demand on our environment, but it often helps us save money at the same time. Those are two good reasons to make greener choices. Here are some easy things you can do to make a difference.
Maintain Your Car
Maintaining your car can help improve the gas mileage. Make sure your tires are properly inflated at the right pressure. Also make sure your air filter is clean as a dirty air filter can also reduce mileage.
Carpool When Possible
Better yet carpool, ride your bike or take public transportation when possible. Biking reduces pollution, saves energy and it helps you get in better shape. Carpooling and using public transportation also helps reduce pollution and gas costs. It also allows you to do other things during your commute.
Close The Refrigerator
Decide what you need before you open the door. Keeping the refrigerator door open longer than needed allows the cool air to escape and allows warm, humid air to replace it. Top and bottom freezer models are more energy-efficient than side by side models. If you need to replace your refrigerator look for an energy-efficient model.
Fix Faucets That Leak
A single leaky faucet can waste around 250 gallons of water per month. Fixing a leaky faucet typically isn't an expensive home repair so it is best to fix it right away.
Turn Lights Off
This is a simple way to save energy at home or at work. Simply turn off the lights in any rooms you aren't using. Leaving lights on for a long time in areas you aren't using can add up over time.
Replace Old Light Bulbs
Replace your old incandescent bulbs with newer energy-efficient CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) or even LED lights. These newer styles of bulbs use a fraction of the energy of traditional bulbs.
Growing your own produce has a couple of benefits. For starters you have easy access to fresh produce during harvest time, but gardening can also help reduce soil erosion. It can also help reduce certain types of air pollution.
Use Solar Lights Outdoors
If you want to add outdoor lighting for safety or to enhance the look of your home consider using solar lights. Solar lighting doesn't cost anything to use and solar lights will work even if there is a power outage. Consider replacing some of your existing outdoor lights with solar versions.
Just a few simple changes can add up over time.
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