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The following tips can help save the planet ... and save you money, too. Every little bit makes a difference!

  • Change to Fluorescent Bulbs - If every house in the United States changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets.
  • Don't rinse - Skip rinsing your plates before putting them into the dishwasher. In average you will save 15 gallons of water per load. Plus, you will save time.
  • Hang outside to dry - Get a cloths line or rack to dry your cloths. Your cloths will last longer and you will save money.
  • Turn off computers at night - Don't just put them to sleep. You will save an average of 4 cents a day which adds up to $14.60 a year.
  • Use both sides of paper - If you have a printer with a double-sided print option, use it. You will save half of the amount of paper you would have normally used. Then when you're done, bring it to the recycle bin.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath - Don't take baths, take showers. You will (on average) save about half the amount of water that you would if you were taking a bath.
  • Don't get bottled water - Instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water. Also you can get a filter to make your home tap taste more like bottled water. It is definitely more cost efficient.
  • Turn the water off when you brush - Your parents have said this before, now we'll say it. You will save 4 gallons of water doing this alone.
  • Shorten your shower - Every minute you cut from your shower is roughly 5 gallons of water. The less time your shower takes, the lower your impact on the environment.
  • Recycle glass - If you don't recycle glass, it will take a million years to decompose.
  • Don't preheat the oven - Unless needed, just turn the oven on after you put the dish in it. Also, to see if it's finished just look through the glass instead of opening it.
  • Use cold water in the wash - With most clothes, you really don't need hot water to get a good cleaning. 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating the water.
  • Turn down your thermostat - Every degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer is a 10% decrease on your energy bill.
  • Turn off the lights - An easy one. Turn off the lights when you are not using them. The benefits are obvious.
  • Get rid of junk mail - There are many services that can help you get rid of junk mail. That will lead to a lot less trees being cut down to take up room in your mailbox.
  • Use matches instead of lighters - Lighters are usually considered disposable so they will most likely end up in land fills. You can use the cardboard matches which are much more eco-friendly because they are made of recycled material.
  • Don't get a paper phone book - Use an online directory instead.
  • Give things away - Take things that you are not going to wear or use and give it to a charity or someone who will use it.
  • Go to a car wash - Going to a car wash is a lot more water efficient then washing your car at home.
  • Stop paper bank statements - Why waste paper getting your bank statement mailed to you when you can just check it out online.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries - Even though it will take a good investment to buy these, you will find yourself gaining it back in no time.
  • Pay your bills online - If every household in the U.S. did this, we would save 18 million trees every year.
  • Get a reusable bag - Plastic bags are not biodegrable which means the 1 trillion bags consumed annually worldwide will still be around in 1000 years. Most end up as litter fouling the landscape and killing thousand of animals every year.
  • Do errands in bulk - Make a list of the things you have to do, and see if you can fit a couple of those things together in one ride.
  • Inflate your tires - If your tires are inflated properly, your car will run more miles on less gas.
  • Wrap presents creatively - Without going out to get wrapping paper you can use newspaper, an old map, or anything else. It would look a whole lot more creative.
  • Plant a Tree - In a tree's lifetime it will absorb more than 2,400 pounds of CO2. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15 percent.
  • Buy local produce - Consider how much energy it takes for produce from another country to come here. If you have the option to buy local, do it.
  • Walk or ride your bike when you can - If you have to go somewhere close, consider riding your bike or walking. It's better on the environment than driving your car and healthier.1