It's Easy to Be Green

There are several very easy things that you can do to reduce the amount of energy you consume daily. From switching your light bulbs to using more efficient means of transportation, you can save money, and reduce your carbon footprint.

1) Make the switch to CFL- Switching to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs can save you over $40 in energy.  Additionally the bulbs last 10 times longer!

2) Use WaterSense Shower Heads- EPA’s WaterSense label can save more than 2,300 gallons per year.  The savings in water will reduce the need and use of water heaters, allowing households to save around 300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power TV use for a year.

3) Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them can save you a lot of money. Just switching your computer to Stand-by can reduce energy consumption by 70%.  Also unplugging chargers because they can waste up to 20 times more energy than they actually use to charge something. Even though they are not charging anything at all!

4) Eat Local- A lot of energy is used transporting food and on food packaging, by eating local both energy and waste are reduced. Eating local is sustainable and allows you to support local farmers!

5) Take advantage to public transportation (Bus, Train, Carpool) if you can!  Not only will you save money on gas, but you will also help reduce carbon emissions by taking your car off the road.

6) Filter your water (or just drink tap water). - Only 20% of water bottles purchased are recycled leaving the remainder to wind up in bodies of water or in the trash.  Additionally, bottled water is unregulated and therefore is not necessarily cleaner than just tap water.

7) Use your feet- Biking is becoming increasingly popular especially in urban areas where bike lanes have been created in order to make it safer and easier.  Additionally, bike valets (there’s one at Nationals Park!) and areas to lock your bike are also on the rise.  If biking is not for you, you can also walk places and overlap your errands so that you can reduce the number of outings you have.

Those are seven quick and easy tips to green your day!

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