Saturday, February 17, 2007

green yourself: personal eco action

Sure you can GREEN your kitchen or your whole home, but if you are not economically up for a remodel, take smaller initiatives. NOW!

Small GREENING steps are addictive and will lead you to greater changes.
Here are some simple steps to green your lifestyle:

1) Purchase green cleaning supplies, use glass storage containers for the refrigerator, and cloth napkins at the table.

2) Try to reduce your personal water usage -the average American uses 176 gallons of water a day compared to the average African using 5 gallons.

3) Install programmable thermostats

4) Use ceiling fans not air conditioning (less energy usage)

5) Use light sensors for outdoor and indoor lighting

6) For a quick mood enhancer, paint a room a new color with eco paint from Anna Sova or Yolo Colorhouse

7) If you have a garden, insert low-water plantings. If you don't have a garden, start one- even a potted garden GREENS you. If you have a lawn, rip it up and replace it with low-water plantings. Who needs all that lawn mower exhaust and constant sprinkling of water- wasted the lawn?

8) Replace light bulbs with CFL (compact florescents), which now come in both warm and cool options. Compact fluorescents emit the same light as incandescent bulbs but use 75% or 80% less electricity.

9) Recycle recycle recycle... everything!!!

Maybe down the road you can consider solar panels on the roof, solar site placement for new construction, dual flush toilets, double pane windows, eco insulation, rainwater collection, graywater systems & all those other beautiful and exciting eco building materials out there.

Every person does make a difference, it's the law of numbers--a small action, multiplied by 110 million American households.
Baby steps people.
Baby steps.

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