what would help me save energy.and what can i do to help the earth?

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cjk

one of the best ideas is to get compact fluourescent light bulbs. each one saves $30 in its lifetime. they use 75% less energy and emit less pollutants. you can also do simple things, like turning off lights and unplugging computers/tvs when not in use.

whsgreenmom

The one thing that has reduced my electric bill was stopping standby energy. I plugged my tv, vcr, stereo and game system into a power strip with a switch. When we are using the items, we flip the switch and all the standby energy stops. I unplug charges when they aren’t charging, that includes toothbrush and laptop, and unplug kitchen appliances. This has saved me at least $50 a month.
I put my standard go green answer below.
Going green is easy, there are so many great resources about the subject. My personal favorite is “The Green Book” which has parts of its book online as well at http://www.readthegreenbook.com.
As I have been striving to “Go Green” I realize it is like stepping back in time without getting rid of my modern conveniences. I’m doing many things I learned as a child, like line drying my clothes, sweeping instead of vacuuming, opening the windows in the morning to catch the cool breeze, only buying what I need instead of everything that looks cool, growing some of my own food, and canning what I can’t eat now.
To me “going Green” is a frame of mind. Do what fits your lifestyle and do the easy things first, it is a process and like dieting if you go to radical to soon, you are more likely to go back to bad habits. I also believe there are good, better, best choices in most things. If you aren’t ready to start a home garden, then try finding a farmers market, until you locate one look for produce grown as close to home as possible and go organic when available.
Many people think “going green” is expensive, I disagree. Some changes may take an initial investment, but they usually have a short payoff time. Things like weatherstiping and insulation cost, but the energy savings will add up quickly. You may need to purchase reusable bags, but most stores give you a 5 or 10 cent credit, so you are paid back within a few months.
My top tips are make your home more energy efficient, that also means using natural light, cooling and heating.
Reduce your packaging, if you eat more fresh food you will generally reduce packaging, it’s the same thing they tell dieters, shop the perimiter, that is where all the meat, dairy and produce are located. Only buy what you will use, many Americans throw away a lot of unused food. Buy in bulk, that doesn’t just mean large packages, but that area with the bins that you buy only what you plan on using.
Replace disposable items with durable items, if you eat outside often and use disposable paper or plastic plates, it is a wise investment to purchase a set of reusable plastic plates. Replace disposable razors, diapers and cleaning products like swiffer. Avoid bottled water, get a home filter like Pur or Brita.
Recycle, http://www.earth911.org will help you locate the nearest recycle center. I try to only purchase plastics that are #1 or #2, they are more easily recycled. I also buy recycled products when available, that includes paper towels, napkings, toilet paper, tissue, school/office supplies and clothing.
Detox your cleaning, vinegar and baking soda clean almost anything, they can even losen a hair clog. Seventh Generation and Method are a couple mainstream brands that are very earth friendly.
Just start small and build from there, don’t get overwhelmed.

lillith68

Just keep thinking about it and I know you will come up with some great ideas.
Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
turn off your computer at night.
and all the TV and other powerpoints.
put the water from your shower on the garden.
or down the toilet to save the water you use.
Don’t be a consumer. Now that’s a big one!!!

soccer lover!

-well get florseant light bubls! they wok good and save tons of money.
-when your not in a room turn off the light,
-if you have a laptop/coumpter shurt it down at night and unplug the charger if you have a laptop.
-if you have something electical in your room unplug it[lamps,game chargers,etc.]

Mj

To save energy there are alot of things you could do including; use florescent light bulbs, turn off lights when you leave the room, do big loads of laundry not small ones, turn off the computer when your done for the night, same with the TV. If you want to go the extreme convince your mom to get solar panels on your roof. an of those things will help alot with your energy and water bill and will help in the fight to save the environment

Uncle Dud

Turn lights and water off when not in use.

moonstones 13

remember to recycle pick up garbage at your local park . if you can turn of all electricity in your house for at leas an hour you could go some were else during that hour.

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