Bag it up Plastic bags are getting a “thumbs down” throughout the country because of litter problems. You can now bag your own groceries in cloth, reusable bags. Many stores now sell these bags and they can be used over and over again.
Change a light When your incandescent light bulb stops working, you can now replace it with the new energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CFL bulbs use 2/3 less energy than traditional bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer.
Enjoy fresh air Open doors and windows to let the fresh air in. Indoor air quality is often times worse than the air outside. Open doors and windows to daily circulate fresh air in and germs and smells out.
Save a tree Save paper by paying your bills online.
Skip the bottled water Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Bottled water is expensive and it generates large amounts of container waste.
Borrow a book Instead of buying books, you can borrow them from the library. This will save money and the ink and paper that goes into book printing.
Recycle electronics You can recycle cell phones, computers, and other electronics. Ask you local government to set up an electronics recycling event.
Use less gas
You can walk or bike to work. This not only saves on gas, but it also improves your cardiovascular health and reduces your risk of obesity. If that is not an option for you, you could try public transportation or start a carpool with fellow co-workers.
Conserve water Of course, you can take shorter showers and turn off water when you are brushing your teeth, but there are other ways to save water as well. Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load, clean your driveway with a broom instead of hosing it with water, and you can install a low-flow showerhead.
Set the thermostat You can set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer. This will save on heating and cooling costs.
In order for recycling to be sustainable, we need to purchase recycled material. Look for recycled content packaging and products whenever possible.