How to go green to save Earth.  

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created by GoGreen 2009-07-17 03:26:37 am

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Think about switching to a renewable form of green energy in your home - such as solar or wind energy. You will also save a lot of cash.

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submitted by Green_Living_Now 2009-07-18 04:29:46 pm    

 



Solar energy solutions: The sun’s energy is the most abundant energy available on earth. Make use of this free energy. You can employ solar power solutions at home. This will not only cut down power bills but also help you contribute to a greener world.

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submitted by cashfinder 2009-07-19 11:37:47 am    


Change to products with biodegradable or recyclable containers and packets. Just change one brand or product each week, and in a year the majority of your shopping items will be Earth-friendly.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-09-03 11:48:34 pm    


Always try to use compact fluorescent bulbs. They are coming down in price and newer designs will soon be shaped more like regular light bulbs. Manufacturers are also working on eliminating the delay involved in getting that instant brightness.

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submitted by Economizer 2009-07-18 05:33:04 pm    


Honeywell is set to introduce a new wind turbine this fall and retail them through Ace Hardware. Designed for residential use and engineered to generate electricity at low wind speeds. Due to the small size and resonable cost it looks very promising.

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submitted by Economizer 2009-07-20 04:01:35 pm    


Make a list of more environmental friendly things to do: Divide them in 1) Things that save you money, 2) Things that are neutral to your expenses and 3) Things that will cost you money. Put no 1 into practice immediately and tell others about your saving

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 12:40:09 am    

 



Talk with your friends, family members, colleagues at work etc. about what you can do individually and together to go more green and keep the focus on it. Communicate your savings from green initiatives.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 12:42:55 am    


Use your political power to push for still more green solutions on all levels of life and living conditions. That will help much more than the individual green things we all should do - of cause.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 12:36:57 am    


When shopping, bring reusable bags instead of taking the paper or plastic bags from the store. Reusable bags are better anyway: they can hold more stuff and are easier to carry.

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submitted by jonathanleger 2009-07-18 08:26:10 am    


Plant a vegetable garden. Dig up some lawn which gets good sunlight (and shelter) if possible. Dig it 1 foot deep. Start with potatoes, these improve the soil well. As the soil quality improves then a bigger variety of vegetables can be grown.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-08 07:49:51 am    


Change to bio-degradeable and environmentally friendly soaps, toothpaste, detergents, dishwasher chemicals and toilet cleaners. This will require less water treatment by the utilities. Contact the Green organisations or people in your area for help.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-10 06:07:44 pm    

 



Everyone should just do their bit. My children know to clean up where they made a mess, bring back what you borrowed etc.. This is no different. Each one can just switch off where they switched it on. Small efforts make a big difference

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submitted by Christo 2009-07-17 02:47:11 pm    


How to save the global climate? How to stop pollution? Well, do not leave this to the politicians! They will meet in Copenhagen 2009 to make a new agreement instead of the old Kyoto protocol. But they will just talk pollution if YOU don't push them!

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submitted by askformore 2009-08-29 08:27:03 pm    


If you're a multi car family, your first choice for running weekend errands should be to use the car that gets the best mileage.

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submitted by 5buckguy 2009-07-18 09:26:19 pm    


Walk, cycle or use public transport instead of driving. This is even more important when traveling short distances where it is very inefficient to get the car out.

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submitted by Impact Productions 2009-07-19 06:27:27 pm    


Write to some big companies about what they have in mind to become more environmental friendly in their production and image, and how they want to document it.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 04:26:52 pm    


Take bags with you to the supermarket and use these, rather than accepting disposal bags, which will inevitably end up in landfill sites.

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submitted by Impact Productions 2009-07-18 09:09:39 pm    


There are numerous ways. One of the easiest ways is to ensure that lights are switched off when a room is empty.

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submitted by GoGreen 2009-07-17 03:41:45 am    


I never forgot Mayor Ed Koch's motto many years ago during a water shortage: "If it's yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down". A little gross, but it was easy to remember and must have saved millions of gallons of water back in the day.

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submitted by 5buckguy 2009-07-17 02:59:32 pm    


Start small with turning off lights, unplugging appliances and other electric items. Then move on to reuse, no more paper and plastic products and try swap meets for items you need or not need anymore.

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submitted by leedrozak 2009-07-17 02:54:20 pm    


Do not contaminate water by flushing your old medications.

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submitted by GoGreen 2009-07-18 03:08:11 am    


Turn the thermostat in your heating down by 1 degree celsius and wear a thicker pullover instead.

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submitted by Impact Productions 2009-07-18 08:41:28 am    


Don't use a dishwasher, especially for a small amount of crockery, as this uses relatively large amounts of water and power. Wash dishes by hand instead.

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submitted by Impact Productions 2009-07-18 08:42:53 am    


Use EnergyStar rated appliances and save money as well as electricity and the environment. Remember that an appliance has two price tags; the purchase price and the usage price. The money you save in usage more than compensates for the purchase price.

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submitted by Solar-4-Rent 2009-07-21 11:26:52 am    


Use hard dishes/glasses/cups and silverware at home instead of disposable goods. Better to wash and reuse than to dispose of paper/plastic goods.

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submitted by saki5394 2009-08-05 02:46:57 pm    


Many people forget to add used car parts to their list of recycled items. Asking your mechanic to use guaranteed used auto parts can save you money and help save the environment.

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submitted by usedcarpartsguy 2009-08-30 03:00:34 pm    


Badly isolated houses are a major source of CO2 no matter if you cool them down or heat them. Solar based solutions will help but isolating correctly will have the ultimate effect - a zero impact house.

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submitted by RolfJB 2009-07-17 03:42:07 am    


Don't let the tap running while brushing your teeth and while washing the dishes.

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submitted by GoGreen 2009-07-18 02:44:01 am    


Learn how to drive more efficiently, treat the gas pedal gently, look ahead, ease off the gas early, let the engine slow you down rather than driving up to a hazard and then having to brake, find out your vehicles most efficient cruising speed and use it.

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submitted by compusol 2009-07-18 05:20:28 am    


Switch to non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products - even better if they are concentrated, so YOU add the water - this can cut down on tons of CO2 emissions from shipping premixed products alone, not to mention the reduction in use of toxic chemicals.

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submitted by JaredFournier 2009-07-25 02:05:59 am    


Pay attention to the environmental policies & practices of the companies you do business with - are we supporting a company that cares about their impact on the planet?

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submitted by JaredFournier 2009-07-25 02:08:48 am    


Put a 2 liter soft-drink bottle full of water in your toilet cistern. This means you will use 2 liters less of water every time the cistern refills because the bottle takes up space. At 10 flushes per day, this will save over 7500 liters per year.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-08 07:35:21 am    


When scrapbooking, consider using material you already have, such as pieces of cloth in your layouts. Today it seems to be all the rage.

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submitted by chewbaby13 2009-08-28 03:38:28 pm    


Make sure you are not cooling working rooms and meeting rooms more than needed. - To cool your house or room is 2x as energy consuming as to heat it.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 12:34:09 am    


A simple way to save water is to fill a small plastic bag or bottle with water and put it in the toilet cistern. Every time you flush you save that quantity of water without reducing the effectiveness of the action. This saves water and money!

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submitted by compusol 2009-07-18 05:12:49 am    


Fit a wood burning stove and stop burning fossil fuels. There is nothing better then an open fire. then burn briquettes

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submitted by JFJ 2009-07-18 03:16:38 pm    


Fit a wood burning stove and stop burning fossil fuels. There is nothing better then an open fire. then burn briquettes

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submitted by JFJ 2009-07-18 03:16:47 pm    


Demand organic food. Organic food is a much more sustainable way of producing agricultural products. In my country Denmark 30% of all diary products sold in DK is from organic produced milk.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 04:05:58 pm    


When you ask for organic food you are not only behaving more environmental friendly yourself and your family but – most important – you push for some change to happen in society.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 04:06:58 pm    


A very environmental aware population is probably only a situation due to a high level of education and environmental concern as we have among the Danish citizens.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 04:09:30 pm    


Don’t tell your children what to do- help them to investigate how much difference a changed behaviour might be concerning water consumption, electricity consumption, waste production etc. This will generate a feeling of ownership to the problem.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 04:12:45 pm    


Bet with your friends about what is the difference between some normal behaviour, e.g. related to water consumption and how little would be enough, if needed. That will generate a feeling of ownership and interest in the problem.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-18 04:14:54 pm    


write to the gov. to regulate tougher laws, regarding the industries, there is the place to start, they are the greatest polluters, beside the automobiles, stricter laws, but as long money buys the vote, we can only wish

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submitted by fschrikell 2009-07-20 07:49:16 pm    


One way to go green is to be aware of the detergents and cleaning chemicals that are used on a daily basis. Unknowingly we pollute our planet every day with poisonous toxins. Switch to cleaning products that are natural and will not harm the environment

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submitted by Solar-4-Rent 2009-07-21 11:16:47 am    


Recycle and Reuse. You can reuse the plastic shopping bags you get over and over if you bring your own to the stores. You can recycle/reuse the hangers you get from the dry cleaners.

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submitted by saki5394 2009-08-05 02:45:44 pm    


When buying electrical appliances, buy the ones with the longer guarantee. If it has a guarantee of 12 months, then for sure it'll fail soon after that, and you'll need another one. Remember when appliances lasted for years? Just buy the ones that last.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-08 07:37:55 am    


Plan to combine your various shopping expeditions, and drive to the shops less often. Each trip may take longer, but you'll save on gas, food and drinks while you're there.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-08 07:41:05 am    


Avoid drinking bottled water, millions of these containers end up on landfills every day.

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submitted by neelstheron 2009-08-05 10:34:34 am    

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