22 Tips for Being More Eco-Friendly

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Reducing your Carbon Footprint

Use cleaner transport

  • Walk, bike, or take public transit whenever possible.
  • Avoid car to idling. If you’ll be waiting for more than 30-60 seconds, turn off the engine. Walk inside for food instead of using the drive-thru.
  • Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep the emission control and gas mileage operating at peak efficiency. Check air filters monthly and keep tires adequately inflated.

Add energy-saving features to your home

  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs in light fixtures. Compact fluorescents contain mercury, so look for low-mercury models; dispose of bulbs through local hazardous waste programs.
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances.

Adopt energy-saving habits

  • Keep thermostats low in winter (65) and higher in the summer (75). Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters weekly.
  • Unplug your electronics when not in use. To make it easier, use a power strip. Even when turned off, televisions, computers, and cellphone chargers still sip power.
  • Dry your clothes outside when possible. Dryers are one of the most expensive and energy-consuming appliances we have.

Reduce your Foodprint

  • Grow gardens not lawns! 10 lbs of organic produce can be grown weekly in tiny spaces.
  • Eat more local, organic, in-season foods.
  • Shop at your local farmer’s market or natural foods store. Veggie stands and CSA’s are the path to knowing where your food comes from and keeping local economy booming.
  • Look for local, in-season foods. The average meal travels 1500 miles from farm to your plate (Maine to Nebraska).
  • Choose whole foods; packaging increases waste and expense.

Reduce your Housing Footprint

Choose sustainable building materials, furnishings, and cleaning products

  • Choose furnishings that are second-hand, recycled, or sustainably produced.

Adopt water-saving habits

  • Take shorter, less frequent showers to save water and the energy to heat it.
  • Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full.
  • Regularly look for and fix leaks.

Reduce your Goods and Services Footprint

  • Buy less! Replace items only when absolutely necessary.
  • Recycle paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, phones and electronics.
  • Compost food waste for your garden. Garbage free of biological waste is easily recycled, sorted, and doesn’t produce methane gases when stored in a landfill.
  • Buy recycled products, particularly those labeled “post-consumer waste.”
  • Choose greener cleaning products or make your own. EWG.org and Think Dirty apps are sources for sustainable products.


2 thoughts on “22 Tips for Being More Eco-Friendly”

  1. I like the idea of taking shorter showers to save on energy from the water heater. I would also like saving money from less water and energy. I would also recommend an eco-friendly shower filter to reduce your water footprint even more.

    1. Those are great tips… thank you so much for the ideas! When we were overseas and stayed in homes with only 5 gallon water heaters, we realized how wasteful our showers are here in the US. We had a timer at one point in the shower, which was offered by our water department in Florida. It was automatically set for 5 minutes and was a great concept. The shower filter we had previously was eco-friendly as well, which admittedly wasn’t something I thought about until I read it in the product details. Thank you again for your help!

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