- Wash full loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Instead of using the heat cycle to dry your dishes, open the door and let them air dry. If you are looking to buy a new dishwasher, purchase one that has the EnergyStar® label and uses less water.
- Upgrade to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR-certified products. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2005 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 23 million cars
Change a Light Bulb
- Switch out one of the most frequently used incandescent light bulbs in your home to a compact fluorescent light (CFL). They last ten times longer and use up to 75% less energy. If every household in America did this, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 800,000 cars!
Green Your Kitchen
- Choose non-toxic, eco-friendly kitchen accessories, such as products made from sustainable bamboo or 100% recycled materials. Also, opt for non-toxic or plant-based cleaning products. They work just as good as your average cleaning product, but are safer for your family and better for the environment.
Toss Out Those Chemical Cleaners
- No need to spend lots of money on fancy household cleaners (that likely also contain harmful chemical ingredients). Good ole' baking soda is non-toxic and when mixed with a little water makes for a great cleanser for tubs, sinks and other surfaces. All for less than a dollar!
Observe an Eco-Sabbath
- For one day or afternoon a week, don't buy anything, don't use any machines, don't switch on anything electric, don't cook, don't answer your phone, and, in general, don't use any resources. In other words, for this regular period, give yourself and the planet a break. Keep your regular eco-sabbath for a month. You'll find that the enforced downtime represents an improvement to your life!
- water is one of the world's most precious resources -- and we all need to do what we can to conserve it wherever possible. Aerators on your household’s faucets and low-flow toilets can help you save water without even thinking about it. Also, be sure to fix that leaky faucet! A single dripping water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month.
Recycle Old Cell Phones
- Each year, 130 million cell phones are thrown out, weighing approximately 65,000 tons. Recycling your old phone prevents hazardous elements like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills. Check outwww.onemillioncellphones.com and donate your old cell phone to a program that benefits impoverished people around the world.
Unplug Your Appliances
- “Phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance.
Reduce Junk Mail
- Save countless trees and reduce landfill waste by reducing the amount of junk mail you receive. Contact the Direct Marketing Association to be removed from many companies' mass marketing mailing lists for up to five years. Also, opt out of receiving those bulky phone books by contacting the manufacturer and asking to be taken off their mailing list. You can usually find their contact information listed on the phone book’s inside cover, or visit www.yellowpagesgogreen.org to opt out.