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Going Green in 2013

By Lauren Wexler, Public Relations Assistant

Experts have always said going “green” is beneficial to the environment and will also affect the way we live.  By changing our daily routines, we can fix and help erase some of the damage we have done to our planet.  In addition, it will put more green in your pocket! However, there is more to going green than just saving electricity and conserving water.

Here are a few changes you can make to help you get started on your New Year’s resolution to go green:

  • Reduce the use of fossil fuel by driving a vehicle with high MPG rating.
  • Eliminate use of fossil fuels by driving an electric powered car such as a Nissan Leaf or a Honda Fit.
  • Drive a hybrid vehicle such as a Toyota Prius or a Honda Insight.
  • Use Energy Star appliances by GE.
  • Use Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs).
  • Incorporate solar and/or wind power into your home.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Conserve water by washing on cold and turning down the temperature on water heaters.
  • Go vegan. Eliminate animal products from your diet (this not only saves animals but reduces the need for factory farms, which have destroyed wildlife and lands within the surrounding area and pollute the air) and purchase cruelty-free clothing and beauty accessories.
  • Reduce the use of aerosol cans that produce chlorofluorocarbon’s (CFC), which are deadly to the ozone layer.
  • Use cloth to clean, instead of paper towels.
  • Stop using Styrofoam kitchenware, plastic bags and plastic water bottles, which don’t disintegrate.
  • Buy reusable shopping bags and water bottles.
  • Use less artificial light during the day.
  • Unplug all unused electronics – they may not be on, but they do consume energy.
  • Buy organic foods.
  • Walk or bike to your destination whenever possible.
  • Fix all leaks and seal all openings – save on heating bills.
  • And of course, turn off everything when leaving a room.

It’s easy to make resolutions and set goals, but following through and doing them are what will make a difference. The Earth is depending on you to make the right choices. 2013 is the year to start. And remember, Earth Day is April 22nd.

Here are some helpful web sites:

GoGreen.org
Energy.gov
Energystar.gov
Treehugger.com
Peta.org

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