1.Install compact fluorescent light bulbs
These bulbs save a lot of energy and even your money. So replace your older incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
2.Switch off all electrical appliances
This won’t just help you save the planet but also your electric bills. Take time to switch off all the lights, fans and television sets, computers and other electronic appliances whenever you don’t need them or before leaving for work.
Plant as many shrubs and plants as you can in your garden. That’s the best way of going green.
Walk or bike to work and save gas as much as possible. This also helps you in keeping fit and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
5.Avoid using bottled water
Use a water filter for filtering tap water instead of using bottled water. This reduces the innumerable waste of plastics, some of which can never be recycled.
6.Borrow, don’t buy
Borrow from libraries instead of buying books. This not only saves your money but also reduces the large amounts of paper and ink that go into the manufacturing of these books.
Cell phones, television sets, computers and various other electronic appliances are thrown into the trash long before their value diminishes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics that are increasingly becoming an environmental problem. Hence, it’s best to recycle them, preferably sell them to an organization that would make good use of them.
8.Buy locally grown food
Food from grocery stores generally travels miles before you consume it. This causes pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels. It also means reduced nutritional value. Hence, buying food from local farmers is a much more feasible, less expensive and healthier option.
9.Use less water
Fix a leaking tap or toilet in your house. This leakage can waste more water than you can even imagine.
10.Check the energy star label
If you want to buy new household appliances, do not forget to check for the Energy Star label on the product. These labels guarantee that the electric appliances you buy are energy efficient.