So I'm a total tree hugger. :)

  1. Anyone with me on this?
    Some daily things we can do to help mother earth out! (and even our wallets) :tup:

    1.Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth, you're doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.

    2. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you'll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year. Combine your errands -- hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time.

    3. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can't walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes a difference.

    4. Recycle.You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you're trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road.

    5. Compost. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your tax dollars can work somewhere else. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer. Composting is easier than you think.

    6. Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer than a standard bulb and use at least two-thirds less energy. If you're shopping for new appliances or even home electronics, look for ENERGY STAR products, which have met EPA and U.S. Department of Energy guidelines for energy efficiency. In 2006, the ENERGY STAR program saved energy equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road and saved Americans $14 billion in utility costs.

    7. Make your home more energy efficient (and save money). Clean your air filters so your system doesn't have to work overtime. Get a programmable thermostat so you aren't wasting energy when you aren't home. When you go to bed, reduce the thermostat setting -- you won't miss those extra degrees of heat or air conditioning while you're asleep.

    8. Maintain your car. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to three percent and lead to increased pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions. Underinflation also increases tire wear, so it will save you money in the long run if you're good about checking your tire pressure.

    9. Drive smarter. Slow down -- driving 60 miles per hour instead of 70 mph on the highway will save you up 4 miles per gallon. [Source: Consumer Guide Automotive]. Accelerating and braking too hard can actually reduce your fuel economy, so take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.

    10.Turn off lights when you're not in the room and unplug appliances when you're not using them. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious.
  2. Great post, Jena. People often feel there's nothing they can do to possibly make a difference, but the little things - multiplied by the billions of humans alive - can of course make ALL the difference!

    Although not everyone has the opportunity to make big changes, such as building a sustainable and carbon-neutral home, or helping physically with environmental issues one way or another, those tips you posted above are things everyone can do, regardless of wealth, location, culture.

  3. I'm not as huge on environmentalism as I probably should be, but I'll add on:

    Eat locally! I'm really big on the eat local foods concept; the less distance your food travels, the better! Think of all the miles some produce has to travel in trucks to get to your local store. Plus, you're doing yourself a favor health-wise. Look for people in your area that own small farms and make a business of selling meats, eggs, milk, growing vegetables and putting them up for sale at the farmer's market, etc. You can even find smaller places that make flour, grits and such! Eat seasonally, or freeze/preserve summer foods for winter. SO and I made the complete switch about three weeks ago, to having absolutely nothing in our house that is not grown locally, or organic/natural or fair trade. It may sound like it would be more expensive, but as long as you research and know what you're doing, you'll probably save money, and save money on health care by pitching the junk foods and foods that contain pesticides/preservatives/unnecessary chemicals. SO and I are saving $$ doing what we're doing (though the initial switch can seem expensive, but we replaced everything), and my efforts to get SO to eat better foods is paying off (bad family history of health issues on his side).

    Just be careful at Farmer's markets; a lot of people selling product there may not be farmers at all. Know your sources! Just talk to the people who are selling, I find the true local/organic growers are always looking to tell you about what they grow, how to cook it, etc.; usually the produce won't look near as perfect as what others are selling, but it's homegrown and pesticide free! And the squash actually tastes like squash and the eggs actually tastes like eggs, lol. You can even find restaurants in some cities that plan their menus around what is locally grown, which is very cool. The meats I buy from local farms are actually on the menus of several restaurants in Charlotte. I know where my food comes from, lol, it's a surprisingly comforting concept!
  4. I wonder how many people reading this who think "yeah...I can do that"..then go outside to get in their 15 mpg SUV??
  5. Something that a friend suggested yesterday: using instead of Google to do searches. Supposedly it conserves energy, though I'm not sure if I totally buy it.
  6. Great article! Thanks for the tips!

    Especially living in AZ, water conservation is sooooooo important!
  7. Thanks for posting!
    I recycle!
    Yes... I know I could do more :wacko:
    But I completely agree with Neeya with the food and eating idea!
    I try to do that..
  8. The riding/walking as much as you can is great. I live in the city and don't own a car. I don't even take the public transit unless I really have to. It's a win win situation because I'm using a sustainable method of transportation AND I'm saving on gym fees/time by exercising as I go.
  9. I fully admit I may soon be one of those people; necessity in my life calls for a larger vehicle than the one I currently have, and desire calls for one I actually like. I'm not terribly environmentally aware, as of yet, though I'm trying; I apply it to some parts of my life, but I'm not taking it "all the way", as of now. "All the way" meaning environmentally friendly home, environmentally friendly car, constant really careful recycling, etc. I'm only 22, lol, the big changes will have to wait!

    I think it's great if everyone tries to do at least something positive. I'll probably end up driving an SUV with low mpg, which I'm sure makes me a hypocrite to everyone, but I'll try to do anything I can to still try and make a difference. I grow a lot of my own food and what I can't grow I buy entirely locally (organically, if not that), I recycle, I am careful about water/energy usage, but I'm sure I'll be sniffed at once I buy an SUV...oh well :upsidedown: Guess I'm not the perfect environmentalist :p

    But regardless, Charles, if everyone does at least a little bit to help, it's better than nothing.
  10. I agree, but it does bother me that the vast majority of people own SUVs and don't utilize the space. Hell, if you need space, go with a station wagon they usually avg 10 mpg more than an SUV. I'd rather own an Audi wagon than any SUV.
  11. Fabulous tips! Also, choose quality so you don´t have to replace the product often!
  12. Very true! Orrrr....Ford made a Hybrid Suv...and i know not everyone can afford a hybrid because hell...I couldn't when i switched out my Jetta for a 07 Yaris sedan but it sure is right up there with the hybrids 40MPG! Thanks for everyone who posted it's really nice to see that people are not totally ignorant...haha. I'm not a full greener either but me and my bf are totally into trying to do what we's a real wake up call when you watch something like an inconvenient truth. It's scary to think this earth could possibly be gone before i even become a grandmother buuuut...nothings going to change by just staring at it and hoping it might fix it self!
  13. I'm guilty!!! :wtf: I do need the space and luxury for my job though. I work in entertainment and often have entourages in my car.

    I already do 5 out of the 10 on your list. Thanks for posting this, you've inspired me to add a couple more to my routine.
  14. Me:p but as soon as the lease is up I'm goin green.

    On another note I did the #6 one to tame my electric bill. Both inside and outside the house but I still wound up with a 1500 bill for electric. I had to run the air and even though I only ran one that is what hiked it up. I don't turn on the yard lights unless their is company, I have a few hundred of them. All the lights that aren't on dimmer switches are fluorescent and as the others ones on the dimmers are going out I replace them with the new fluorescent that is specially made for that type switch.

    I feel the need for solar because of the power we do use so hubby and I have that on our list.

    I love being green:tup:
  15. Wow Chag are you serious $1500??? I live in a 4,000 sq ft house in Las Vegas, have a pool, and a home studio with a HUGE console. We have 4 A/C units and my monthly bill in the summer is around $500. Are you sure you're actually using that much power??? Unless you keep your house meat locker cold or have a 10,000 sq ft house I don't see it.