I have been inspired by many people, books, tv shows, and internet sites to "Go Green", or at least some variation on the monochromatic scale (I would say I am a solid 'Olive'). I have frequented several sites which give great tips on how to Go Green. Here are some of my favorite tips:
1) Turn off computers at night - don't just put them to sleep. You will save an average of 4 cents a day which ads up to $14.60 a year.
2) Use Matches instead of lighters - Lighters are usually considered disposable so they will most likely end up in land fills. You can use the cardboard matches which are much more eco-friendly because they are made of recycled material.
3) Inflate your Tires - If your tires are inflated at all times your car will run more miles on less gas.
4) Use ketchup to shine copper. The acidity in the ketchup works on the tarnish.
5) Don’t let little aphids torture your houseplants. Wipe down plans with a water-soaked cloth. Next, soak a cotton ball in vodka (not the good stuff—save that for your martini). Gently dab leaves with the vodka for an aphid-free plant.
6) Remove crayon marks from wood furniture by rubbing a dab of mayo on the mark. Let it sit for five minutes and wipe it away with a damp cloth.
7) To clean your microwave (if you have one, unlike us), combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup distilled vinegar in a microwave-safe mug or bowl. Microwave for two minutes and wipe clean. The vinegar helps to lift baked-on food and stains.
8) Combine four tablespoons baking soda with one quart of water. Use the solution to wipe off toys, safely and effectively.
9) If you have an older toilet that uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, buy a tank displacement bag (or fill a half-gallon plastic bottle with water) and place it in the tank away from the moving parts. The half-gallon of water you displace will be saved every time you flush, conserving 8,700 gallons of water per year. You save about 35 dollars/year!
10) This one is so simple: Instead of pre-rinsing dishes in hot water, scrape food remnants from dirty dishes into the trash or compost bin before loading the dishwasher. You save 40 dollars/year in water usage!
To check out more fantastic tips, check out Alison's blog "Green Queen McKeen". She is a new mom who is trying to live green, in what seems like a very un-green world. She does a "Tips and Tricks Tuesday" which is particularly interesting in that it gives fast, easy tips that anyone should be able to follow.
Nominal mention goes to the following blogs:
"The Little Green Blog"
"The Go Green Blog"
"The Green Parent"