Green Living Tips For the Average Family

The phrases “living green” or “green living” are quickly becoming part of every American’s normal vocabulary, Even if people aren’t using those phrases (and similar ones), everyone knows what they mean. And there is plenty of information about this topic readily available . People are starting to understand that adopting a “green” lifestyle doesn’t mean huge changes in the way they currently live.

In this article, we discuss a handful of ways that you can use to easily adopt a greener lifestyle that will pretty much fit in with your present normal day-to-day living.

Don’t waste electricity. It’s pretty simple to switch off lights and appliances that are not in use. Televisions and radios are major culprits in most homes. When cooking, be organized and cook efficiently as stove burners and ovens use a lot of electricity.

Re-use plastic bags whenever possible. They can be used as trash can liners and they also make great lunch bags.

Plan out your daily errands to make the most efficient use of both your time and your fuel. Saving fuel is easier on the pocket book and it also cuts down on exhaust emissions.

Look for “green” cleaning products. The ingredients in most of the best selling cleaning products contain fairly toxic chemicals. Today, there are several lines of “green” cleaning products that do as good, and in some cases, a better job of cleaning than the popular mass market brands.

Try to avoid using paper or plastic plates, cups and utensils. After use, these go straight to the landfill. Using regular dishes eliminates this unnecessary garbage. Also, when running your dishwasher, be sure it is full so that you make the most efficient use of the hot water needed to clean the dishes.

Try using the old-fashioned clothes line to dry your laundry. Dryers use a lot of electricity. You can eliminate that needless waste by simply hanging your clothes out to dry (weather permitting, of course).

When buying anything, look for items that have at least some percentage of re-cycled product in them. For food items this will normally be in the packaging, For durable goods like furniture, clothing, building supplies, and anything made of aluminum or plastic it’s fairly easy to find products that have at least some percentage of recycled material in them.

So you see, just by implementing these simple  changes you can not only save money, but you can save resources as well. If everyone would just do one small thing, the impact could be enormous.

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