Introduction: Top 20 Ways to Be Green

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In this Instructable I will tell you how to not only be green but save the greens.
Read this Instructable and educate yourself to reduce and help the earth.

Step 1: CFL Bulbs

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Replace your ordinary light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL Bulbs).Because CFL's last longer and are more Eco friendly.

Step 2: Solar Power

You can use solar power to power things , because solar power is a great way to reduce your impact on the earth.

Step 3: Stop the Drip

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Don't let your sink keep running when you brush your teeth, and when you are done washing your hands or brushing your teeth make sure the sink does not drip or run.

Step 4: TV and Computer

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Turn off the TV and computer in your house when not in use, it saves money on your electric bill and helps the environment of course.

Step 5: Plant Trees

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Go out and volunteer, plant trees in your community make the earth greener.

Step 6: Recylcing

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Recycle your family's paper, plastic ,aluminum ,and glass each week.

Step 7: Turn Them Off

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Turn off the lights after you leave a room. Often many people forget do to so. And this step also save money on your electric bill and helps the earth.

Step 8: Car Tires

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Make sure your car tires are fully inflated every month. This is why, it takes more power and gas to power a car with flat tires then fully pumped ones. It saves gas and pollutes less.

Step 9: Reusable Tote Bags

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Use reusable tote bags in the mall or store, instead of the plastic bags.

Step 10: Shorter Showers

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Take shorter showers to saves money on your water bill and saves water for the earth.

Step 11: Refillable Bottles

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Drink from refillable water bottles. This way you save money on bottled water and pollute less.(please if you use bottled water recycle your plastic bottles.)

Step 12: Use E-mail Insted of Snail Mail

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Use e-mail rather then regular mail, try paying your bills online too. It saves paper and time.

Step 13: Rechargeable Batteries

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Buy rechargeable batteries rather then the ordinary batteries. (If you use ordinary batteries please recycle.)

Step 14: Recycled Products

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Choose recycled products for your home and school.Such as reusable coffee filters, recycled paper and so on.

Step 15: Unplug

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Unplug thing like a microwave, coffee maker,blender when not in use. Because even if there are not on, as long as there plugged in it still uses electricity.

Step 16: The Web

Go on the web and find more ways to be green. So that then you could be even green.  The Web is a great tool do to so.

Step 17: Smart Grid

The Smart Grid is a program on the computer, that shows you how much electricity things in your home use. This knowledge can ne used to reduce your electric impact.

Step 18: Homade Gifts

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Make people in your family or friends homemade gifts. For one it saves resources and it's sweeter, it makes people think you toke the time to make something with your hands.

Step 19: Walk,Bike,Jog

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To reduce your impact by walking, biking, jogging, riding a scooter, and etc. It saves gas from polluting the earth and you get good exercise.

Step 20: Mechanical Pencils

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Last but not least use mechanical pencils instead of regular pencils.Because you can refill them instead of sharping every time it breaks, saves time and wood.


NamiWhiteFeet (author)2009-05-22

Amusing thought. My cousin's a computer techy (who also thinks green). But did you know that shutting down your computer every time you're going somewhere or every night you go to bed and then turning it back on takes more energy then just turning off your monitor and speakers(if you have speakers) everyday/night. Putting your computer on Standby also helps a lot more then turning off/turning on. Good tip; I used to turn mine off all the time and now that my mother and I have stopped and just click the log off or stand by her electric bill went down.

JPcreo (author)NamiWhiteFeet2013-08-19

Keeping your computer on low power mode as in the case of "Standby" uses less power than shutting it down?
Shutting it down use extremely low power if still plugged in, otherwise no power at all.
Standby uses power, about 5 to 20% or more of the total consume of the unit. with many newer cable boxes it not even matter if they are off or on, they still uses the same amount of power.. just go and check it.
To leave a PC in standby or hibernate mode is for resuming work quickly. It cost to keep it like that.
Any household uses about $150 per year on standby electronics.

Is that true ? I'll try not to shut off my apple by night , I have a cool digital consumption mearuring device and I'll see. That's a nice programmable gadget , it tells you consumption and bill for each single operating device

northcoastnomad (author)2009-09-30

Bunch of bollocks. -_- I must disagree on the cfl lightbulbs. To be honest, led lights are much more "eco friendly" because the dont emit as much co2 or what ever it is called, and because they do not contain toxins. So dont forget to include light emitting diodes.

That's right. You don't have to change all yor light bulbs at once, just a few a month . Now i have just 10 CFL left and 90 led led light in my home,all bought at a resonable price in a year and I'll soon start doing something with my 18 years audi car

JPcreo (author)northcoastnomad2010-01-21

 Light bulb made with LED are very expensive right now. At about $20 to 70, It would cost several hundreds of dollars to replace them anywhere in just a few rooms. 

But would you normally use LED light around the house im talking about regular bulbs you would have around the house

scott! (author)2009-07-07

I've never thought about how much wood normal pencils waste!

c.d.boe (author)scott!2009-08-11

It is also becoming easier to find pencils made from recycled newspaper, I even had one made from bamboo, that thing lasted forever and almost never broke.

roulopa (author)c.d.boe2011-10-14

there are some made out of corn flour : you can compost it afterwards.

awsome pie (author)c.d.boe2009-08-11

You've actually have made a pencil from bamboo,how! Cool.

awsome pie (author)scott!2009-08-08

I'm glad that hopefully you're one less person wasting wood with normal pencils. Thank you for taking a look at my instructable.

scott! (author)awsome pie2009-08-08

Wait isn't plastic bad for the enviotmemt because it'll be in a land fill forever?

awsome pie (author)scott!2009-08-09

But plastic can be recycled and wood can't be. Plus my mechanical pencils last longer,not have to keep sharping wood pencils.

scott! (author)awsome pie2009-08-09

Oh yeah your right! My bad!

biggestchops (author)scott!2009-11-03

wood is acutally a renewable resource... plastic is made out of oil, which much be pumped, transported, processed, and manufactured.

northcoastnomad (author)scott!2009-09-30

Wait what? Wood can be recycled. If you just throw it on the then the wood/clay/graphite components will decompose back into the soil from where they came from.

funnydan97 (author)2011-04-04

How do any of these thing help the environment??????

roulopa (author)funnydan972011-10-14

you must be joking...

funnydan97 (author)2011-04-04

How does any of these things help the environment?

awsome pie (author)2010-09-01

Hey every1 b sure 2 subscribe 2 me plz and rate there will b way better and cooler instructables 2 come!

Cr4zy_Dud3_0n_F1r3 (author)2010-08-29

This might not be related to being green, but I have that same pencil sharpener/globe.

Zorasta (author)2010-04-09

hehe I can definitely support this one
it really is a lot of fun to do homemade gifts

Blacksmith Spader (author)2009-08-07

to make it easier on people who don't want to unplug constantly, you can get a multi plug in unit that plugs into the wall and has a switch the cuts all electricity to all of the electronics hooked into the power strip.

multi plug is a great idea for people that don't want to keep unplugging just like you said."Thanks"

. np I just find that I hate having to keep doing that so I hooked up a power strip so just in case someone hadn't thought of it .

So True.8)

SpeakForTheTrees (author)2009-06-18

Also, be sure to unplug many appliances and electrical devices since they tend to "suck" energy while idling or in standby. Some say it's only equipment that retain information (ie. clocks or channel presets), but better safe than sorry.

lemonie (author)2009-05-10

Well done for making the effort to take your own pictures. (Most people producing these Instructables don't bother) And you spelled "fluorescent" right too! L

awsome pie (author)lemonie2009-05-12

Thank you,for the nice comment if you like my Instructable please vote for it.

lemonie (author)awsome pie2009-05-13

I'll try to remember - best wishes. And don't forget that you can still edit this if you think of anything else / improvements. L

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