Here are some easy tips for going green. Many of these you can put into action during your regular everyday routine.
"The thing I love most about practicing green alternatives in my home is that nine times out of ten, they are the more frugal option. And I love being frugal. Being environmentally-friendly is just good economics—in our home and budget, and with the earth God gave us." - Tsh, The Art of Simple
1. Plant an herb garden. It's good to have a reminder around of where our food originates, and this one is super easy.
2. Create a homemade compost bin.
3. Switch all your light bulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).
4. Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the "energy star" label).
5. Stop using disposable bags. Order some reusable bags.
6. Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.
7. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot and even make your own laundry soap.
8. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
9. Don't turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
10. Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.
11. Walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.
12. Support your local economy and shop at your farmer's market.
13. Turn off your computer completely at night.
14. Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.
15. Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it's a sanity saver.
16. Put a stop to unsolicited mail — sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.
17. Reuse scrap paper. Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.
18. Conduct a quick energy audit of your home.
19. Subscribe to eco-friendly blogs.
20. Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist.
21. Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally.
22. Fix leaky faucets.
23. Make your own household cleaners.
24. Line dry your laundry.
25. Resist the urge to take free items home with you to significantly cut clutter in your home.
26. Learn with your kids about another country or culture, expanding your knowledge to other sides of the world.
28. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
29. Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
30. Re-purpose something. It's fun.
31. Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.
32. Switch to cloth diapers — or at least do a combination with disposables. Even one cloth diaper per day means 365 fewer disposables in the landfill each year.
33. Switch to shade-grown coffee with the "Fair Trade" label.
34. Use a reusable menstrual cup for your monthly cycles.
35. Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.
36. Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.
37. Repaint furniture to create a new look instead of buying new things.
38. Re-purpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.
39. Use leftover wrapping paper as disposable plate mats or cut a square for the middle of the table for a colorful base under a centerpiece.
40. Donate to and shop at thrift stores. You'll be recycling perfectly usable items, you'll be supporting your local economy, and you'll be saving money.
Source: The Art of Simple