Top 20 Ways to Be Green

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

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

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

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

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

Step 6: Recylcing

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

Step 7: Turn Them Off

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

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

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

Step 10: Shorter Showers

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

Step 11: Refillable Bottles

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

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

Step 13: Rechargeable Batteries

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

Step 14: Recycled Products

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

Step 15: Unplug

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

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

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

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.

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    31 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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

    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.

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    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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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

    awsome piescott!

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 20

    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!awsome pie

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 20

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

    awsome piescott!

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 20

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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.