How to Live Green!

Are you one of those people in this world that want to live green? Do you want to be able to say "Hey, I made an impact on the world!" Do want to brag to your neighbors by saying "Ha, ha, I'm Greener than you!!!" If you said YES to any of these things this insructable is for You! This instructable will tell you diffrent tips on how you can live green!

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Step 1: Start Off Simple!

OK, lets start off simple! One of the easiest ways to make a BIG impact is to turn off the lights. Most people forget to do this simple thing...including me...But this will both lower your electricity bill AND save electricity. Two birds with one stone! Before you leave any room you should turn off the lights, TV, Computers, Radios, Guitar Amps, blenders, coffee makers, wireless videogame controlers, and any other electronics you may have. That is the first thing you should do to go Green.

Step 2: Water, Water

Another Biggie that can make you a Greener person is to Not Waste Water! You can do this in a number of ways. Here are a few...

1. When Brushing your teeth or Washing Dishes turn off water when you aren't using it.
2. Take Showers instead of baths. The Shorter the Shower you take, The Better!!!
3. Wash more dishes by hand. A dish washer uses about 10-15 gallons of water per wash.
4. Try to space out the times you water your lawn. It doesn't make sense if you water your lawn twice a day.
5.Don't use running water to thaw meat or or other frozen foods. It saves water if you let the food sit in the fridge instead of the freezer overnight.

When you waste water it all goes to a water treatment plant to be cleaned again. Why would you need to clean it if it' already clean? The average person uses 80-100 gallons of water every day. Can you go under the average?

Step 3: Recycle- Paper, Plastic,Glass, and Metals

There's a lot you can do with a plastic bottle or an empty can. For example you can use an empty milk jug as a watering can for house plants. You can use empty coffee cans as stilts for endless fun! Extra pieces of paper lying around can be used as scrap paper for doing your homework or making some crazy piece of artwork. If you have some empty glass bottles laying around you can use them as targets the next time you want to go out and shoot at stuff. The options are limitless. But if you ever end up not needing to use any of these things the best thing you should do is recycle. Did you know if you recycle ONE glass jar it saves enough energy for THREE hours of TV. Thats a TON of energy! That tells you that anyone can make a diffrence. Find out when the recycle pickup comes through you neighborhood. If there's no recycle pickup find out where the nearest Recycling Center is. There is a lot you can do to help. So find out what you can do in your neighborhood!

Step 4: Grow Your Own Food

Have you ever wondered what you can do to save money AND help our enviorment? Well one of the things you can do to do moth of these things is to plant a garden!!! You can save tons of money by planting food for yourself. You can plant just about any food you want!!! Plus if you plant a big enough garden you will be able to have fresh fruits and vegetables every day!!! How cool is that!

Step 5: Take Less Trips to the Store

Every time you go to the store you use up gas.If you go to the store a few times a week you're wasting gas. Why don't you just go to the store once and get everything you need that one time? You can save tons a money a year if you do that. Imagine what you could do with that money. You could use it for a big project you want to do! Plus the less gas you use the the less polution will be in the air. Amazing huh?

Step 6: Use Eco-Friendly Products

When you shopping for a home appliance you should look for the Energy Star sticker. The Energy Star sticker means the product is an energy efficient product. The better a product to better it is for the enviorment. Here are some things you should do when buying a car or appliance.

Cars: For a car, see what the gas mileage is. You wouldn't want to get a car that get 18 miles to the gallon. Also see what type of fuel it takes. See if the car has high or low gas emissions. If you have small kids, see the safety ratings.

Washers and Dryers: For washers and dryers, see how much water it uses per wash. See if it will adjust the amount of water depending the size of the load. Also check to see if the dryer can dry your clothes in least amount of time. The less time it takes to wash and dry, the more energy it saves.

If you want to save even more energy, try riding your bike around and, well, I guess if you want to, wash your clothes by hand and hang them up to dry.

Step 7: Be Creative!

There Are many many more things you can do to live green. Always try to think of more. Right here on this website you can find cool ideas on how to make your how a greener place. You should always try to live green and preserve the enviorment!

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    10 years ago on Step 2

    Your comments on dishwashers oversimplify the issue unless US dishwashers are more wasteful than European dishwashers (mind you, if US cars are anything to go by...).  It is a bit of a grey area but apparently it all depends on how you wash dishes or use your dishwasher.  For example check out:

    In summary, if you ensure you fill your [European] dishwasher up before running, it will use no more, and probably less water than the methods many people habitually use to wash dishes by hand.  You can also save on the energy it uses by using any economy settings, and switching the thing off before it completes its drying cycle. 

    So to save water, you need also to adopt water saving handwashing techniques, rather than simply abandoning the dishwasher.  (no, I don't work for a dishwasher manufacturer!)


    10 years ago on Step 3

    Shooting glass bottles is not good for the environment. It renders the glass non-recycleable in most places, and does little more than the glass ending up in a landfil.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I disagree. I use a pellet gun and bust up all kinds of bottles. Beer, Tea, Cola... Then I take the shatteed glass that I collected in a cardboard box and dump it into a 5 gallon bucket that has sand in it. I roll it back and forth in my back yard (Its a work out..) and take the now smoother pices of glass and decorate with them. Fish tanks require me to buy 1.00 worth of blue or green marbles, but this is far greener.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, isn't this 'ible entered in 2 contests at once? I think I saw it in the laser cutter contest too. And yes, it's pretty common sense, not much to learn here. :-\


    10 years ago on Step 2

    Getting rid of the lawn altogether would be even greener. Consider planting drought-resistant native plants or even better, a garden.