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75 Green Living Tips You Can Start Doing Today

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Green living starts with consumers making small, informed changes for the better. At first, making more environmentally conscious decisions can seem overwhelming, but these green living tips will help you adopt more sustainable practices in your everyday routines. Over time this will reduce your carbon footprint and create a healthier, more eco-friendly  community.

Check out our Green Living tips below. Or, download and print out our checklist and mark off each tip as you complete them!

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Green Living Checklist

  1. Recycle all your old newspapers
  2. Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store
  3. Buy energy-efficient appliances (look for the Energy Star label)
  4. Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  5. Take shorter showers and/or install low-flow showerheads
  6. Don’t keep the faucet on when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes
  7. Line dry your clothes when possible
  8. Shut your computer down when you leave work (especially over the weekends)
  9. Skip the elevator and take the stairs instead
  10. Don’t use pesticides on your lawn
  11. Use greener cleaners, or better yet, make your own (baking soda will clean just about anything!)
  12. Use cold water when doing a load of laundry
  13. Check the air pressure in your tires for better fuel efficiency
  14. Turn off the dishwasher’s drying cycle and air dry instead
  15. Shop at your local farmers market and/or join a food co-op
  16. Start composting
  17. Fix leaky faucets
  18. Collect rainwater and use it for landscaping and watering your garden
  19. Choose reusable instead of disposable products (razors, cups, diapers, etc.)
  20. Use rechargeable batteries
  21. Unload your trunk (the lighter the trunk, the less gas you use)
  22. Print on both sides of the paper
  23. Install a ceiling fan in order to improve air circulation
  24. Carpool when possible
  25. Eat less meat. Opt for more more plant-based foods when possible
  26. Start a garden and grow your own food
  27. Replace heat/AC air filters frequently
  28. Switch your light bulbs to energy efficient types like LEDs
  29. Landscape with native plants
  30. Use scrap paper as note paper
  31. Choose bamboo when possible (flooring, cutting boards, sheets, towels, etc.)
  32. Leave only footprints when you travel
  33. Don’t litter. Like, ever.
  34. Unplug electronics when you’re not using them (TV, phone charger, can opener, blender, etc.)
  35. Opt for a green dry cleaner and also bring your own reusable garment bag
  36. Drive a hybrid or electric car
  37. Use your own reusable water bottles and coffee cups
  38. Inquire about where your seafood comes from; opt for sustainably harvested fish to help protect the oceans
  39. Give your car a tune-up so it drives more efficiently
  40. Eat what is locally in season
  41. Pay your bills online rather than mailing in checks
  42. Sign up for online banking to stop receiving paper statements
  43. Spend more time outdoors
  44. Use organic and ethical beauty products
  45. Use natural (not artificial) fragrances
  46. Shop for reclaimed wood furniture when possible
  47. Buy in bulk to avoid excess packaging
  48. Pass on the paper towels and napkins (use hand towels and linen napkins when possible)
  49. Donate your old cell phones
  50. Buy Fair Trade
  51. Vote for change and environmentally friendly laws
  52. Join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that is local to you
  53. Decorate your home with lots of live plants to help purify your indoor air
  54. Reuse your ziplock bags
  55. Host a yard sale or donate to Goodwill rather than throwing things away
  56. Make sure your home is insulated, especially the attic and basement
  57. Opt for a programmable and/or smart thermostats
  58. Switch to a kindle or get a library card
  59. Borrow, don’t buy anything you will not use very often (such as power tools, ladders, leaf blower, wheelbarrow, etc.)
  60. Bring a packed lunch to work in reusable containers
  61. Support local restaurants that source food less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally
  62. Lower the temperature on your water heater
  63. Donate to and shop at thrift stores or host a clothing swap
  64. Buy organic food (especially milk, meats, fruits and vegetables)
  65. Install dimmer switches or motion detectors for your lights
  66. Buy low-VOC paint and donate any leftovers
  67. Get off junk mail lists and cancel your phone book delivery
  68. Fill up your freezer (the fuller it is, the less energy it takes to keep food frozen)
  69. Turn down your heat or AC when you’re not at home
  70. Switch from plastic to glass storage containers
  71. Plan for weekly Meatless Monday dinners at home
  72. Lower the brightness of your computer monitor and/or phone screens to use less energy or battery power
  73. Reduce your shower time (every 5 minutes in the shower uses appx. 8 gallons of water)
  74. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket
  75. Plug small appliances into a smart power strip that can be turned off when not in use 
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Be the Change

Sustainable living isn’t a magic switch you flip on; it’s a process that starts with a desire to learn and make more conscious choices. Create habits in your everyday life that you can stick with and consider the ripple effect of your actions. And last but not least, celebrate sustainability. Make it the “in” way to live.

Download the Green Living Checklist

Download the Green Living Tips checklist and get started living a more sustainable lifestyle right away. Have a tip to add that we missed? Leave a comment below!

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