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Green Tips
(Go Green! Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!)


I am collecting ideas from various sources on ways to go green, reduce your carbon footprint and make a contribution to reducing global warming and pollution of the environment by man-made materials.

  • Check with your Utility (Electricity) Provider for various rebates to switch to energy efficient electrical equipment or electronics.

    • You may have rebates for energy efficient bulbs to replace your existing bulbs.

    • You can get rebates to install a whole-house fan

    • You can get rebates to switch to an energy efficient appliance (refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, air-conditioning units, water heaters)

    • You can get rebates to have a whole-house fan installed.

    • You can get rebates to install a Solar heating systems

    • You can get rebates for improving your attic insulation

  • If your Utility (Electricity) Provider supports it, sign up for them to use electricity from Green sources.

  • Program your thermostat to run your central air-conditioning and heating systems based on when you are present at home and the expected temperatures.

  • Reduce use of the clothes washer/dryer and dishwasher by trying to accumulate loads.

  • Reduce junk mail coming to your home by signing up with the Direct Marketing Associations "do-not-mail" lists to not receive solicitations in the mail (yes you can do this -- check here). Better still, sign up at greendimes who will do this for you and also pursue other mailers to stop them from sending you mail. Also sign up with the credit-reporting agencies to stop receiving credit-card offers. Some of the mailers also have numbers you can call to stop receiving flyers.

  • Reduce use of your printer. If you need to print and can work with smaller fonts, use software to print 2 or even 4 pages per sheet. Either  software that came with your printer or the application you are using or other off-the-shelf printer software can do this.

  • Shower faster!

  • Install water efficient toilet flush systems.

  • Don't keep the tap running when brushing your teeth or shaving.

  • Reduce the temperature setting of your water heater.

  • Walk to neighborhood stores instead of driving. Reduce driving overall.

  • Take up cycling to work or use public transport.

  • Use public transport to events in your city.

  • Inflate your car tires to the right pressure and check them periodically.

  • If you have it, use your cars cruise control feature.

  • Switch to a smaller car.

  • Always buy Energy Star certified appliances, electronics and other electrical items.

  • Use a LCD monitor instead of a regular cathode-ray tube (CRT) computer monitor.

  • STOP using bottled water in your home for daily needs.

  • Use eco-friendly detergents and cleaners for your house.

  • STOP all those packaged snacks.

  • STOP drinking sodas entirely.

  • Reduce TV watching.

  • Reduce computer use.

  • Switch off the electric supply to small electronics (sound systems, vcrs, dvd players, tvs, computers, etc) so that they don't draw phantom power.


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