Tips

Green Tips

Welcome to GreenYour. For anything you choose to green, you’ll find three areas of information: Facts, Tips, and Products. In our Tips sections, we’ve gathered information about specific things we can all do to reduce our impact. Here are some of the most important things you can do to green your everything!

10 ways to Green Your Life

  1. Get green power from your electric provider

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    Buy power generated from clean, renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. This not only curbs your carbon footprint, but also enables the development of green energy technologies.

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  2. Carpool instead of driving solo

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    Carpooling offers more than just a shared ride—it reduces carbon dioxide emissions, saves you money, and lightens the traffic load on roads. Carpooling only one day per week for a year can save the average commuter $455 in total driving costs.

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  3. Install double-pane windows

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    Double window panes keep heat out in warm months and in during cooler months. As a result, you’ll cut heating costs by 34 percent and cooling costs by 38 percent.

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  4. Slow down on the road

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    Save fuel, reduce emissions, and lower your stress level. On the highway, cutting your speed by just five mph can make a big difference in fuel economy; in town, “going with the flow” can reduce emissions and save on wear and tear.

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  5. Buy a front-loading washing machine

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    Front loaders or horizontal axis washers are gentler on your clothes, can squeeze more water out of laundry (thus requiring shorter drying times), and use nearly 40% less water and 50% less energy than top-loaders.

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  6. Assess your heating system

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    Should you replace your old furnace or boiler or do an upgrade? It depends on its age, condition, and efficiency.

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  7. Buy natural household cleaners

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    Don't wash nasty chemicals into your local water system. Eco-friendly cleaning products are increasingly available at your local grocery store or online.

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  8. Seal air leaks

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    Leaks in a building's envelope cause drafts and undermine the efficiency of otherwise well-insulated homes, often accounting for 20-30% of energy lost through the building shell.

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  9. Buy a CFL bulb

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    More expensive up front than incandescent bulbs, these energy-efficient bulbs will save money by cutting your energy costs for close to a decade.

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  10. Choose an ENERGY STAR refrigerator

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    A new ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator uses about 40% less energy than refrigerators sold in 2001.

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