Try some of these tips in your home for going green.

  • A flat panel LCD TV uses a third less of the electricity of the tube based models, and with the digital switch in the near future, getting a LCD makes even more sense.
  • Use paints low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  They are safer than the latex-based enamel.
  • Use low flow toilets - they deliver more flush power and use less water.
  • Install a solar hot water system and you can stand in the hot shower all day long.
  • Install birdhouses around the yard.  Great for your feathered friends who like to dine on beetles and grubs - then you won't have to rely on pesticide.
  • Recycle newspapers and other items whenever it's possible.  Reuse your plastic bags at least once or elimate them all together.
  • Unplus your electronics when you aren't using them.  This can use up to 20% of power when they aren't even plugged in!!
  • Use energy efficient utilities such as a furnace, air conditioner, dishwasher and water heater.
  • Use compace flourescent light bulbs.
  • Use caulk and weather stripping to insulate your home.
  • Start your own garden.
  • Take up composting.  Pick a spot that is out of the way in your yard - throw in coffee grounds, eggshells, spoiled vegetables and other leftovers, mix them with dirt and once a week turn everything over with a shovel.  Not only will you help the environment, you'll create rich soil for your garden that you've started!!
  • Try to avoid aerosols - they can't be recycled and also contribute to air pollution.

These are just a few things that can help you help the environment and it can save you money too!!!!