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10 First Easy Steps Towards Your Greener Living
Friday, 24 October 2008

Our nature and our planet are precious. We care about our lives, our cars, our nutrition, weight loss, but we often forget to take care about our planet. But if we won't who will then? I want to say a big "Thanks" to the owners of "Lighter Footstep", because they do a great job - they care about our planet and they are ready to help us to do the same. Let's follow their advice and take care of our green beautiful home:)

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10 Simple Steps to Make Your Life Greener:



1. Make the switch to Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs)

They also last up to ten times longer than regular bulbs. That means that the average CFL bulb will save $30 in energy costs over the course of its life!!!

2. Monitor your thermostat

Make a note of where you normally keep your thermostat. Small changes make a big difference over time.

3. Clean or replace your air conditioning filter

Running clean, you can save up to $150 each year. You’ll also enjoy the benefit of fewer allergy, and a more comfortable home or office.

4. Unplug idle appliances and electronic devices

Devices such as televisions with standby modes can use up to half the power they would draw when turned on. Don’t just turn something off: unplug it. The average household can save up to several hundred dollars a year just by pulling the plug on silent energy vampires.

5. Buy a low-flow shower head with a shutoff valve

The benefits can be pretty impressive, since water heaters account for about 25-percent of home energy use. Put several hundred dollars back into your budget each year and keep water use to a minimum.

6. Drive smarter

Driving less aggressively is the single most effective way to save gasoline: accelerate out of lights more gently, avoid rapid braking, and only drive as fast as you must. Skip the drive-through window, park, and walk your business inside whenever possible.

7. Get an annual tune-up for your car

At $200 to $300, a full engine tune-up sounds like a pricey way to save fuel and money. In practice, it’s a good investment.

8. Dust-off that bike

Bicycles are the most efficient form of human transportation, and the only thing they burn is calories :)

9. Go meatless once a week

If you’re not already practicing a vegetarian diet, consider cutting back on the amount of meat in you consume. Each calorie of animal protein requires 78 calories of fossil fuels to produce. Give a try to new veggie recipes - this may be an interesting experiment.

10. Buy local; buy in season

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Buying regionally produced food is a keystone of sustainability: not only does it save the energy costs associated with shipping bulk produce, it keeps a portion of your grocery money close to where live. You’ll be supporting local growers while enjoying fresh, seasonal produce.

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Ten First Steps Toward Lighter Living



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