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5 Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly

November 4, 2011

There are many different ways to become more eco friendly. Here are some of the top ways that will not be very difficult. The first and most commonly used method is to change a light bulb. Installing a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) is the quickest, easiest way to save energy and money. The CFL bulb uses more of its energy to produce light then it does to produce heat. Also the change to CFL can save you money because they last 10 times longer then incandecent bulbs do. For example if you change from a 75-watt incadecent bulb to a 25-watt CFL you could be saving as much as $83 throughout the life of that bulb.

Second, another way to go green is to recycle old electronic equipment. Americans tossed out about 5.5 billion pounds of electronics — TVs, stereos, cell phones, and computers in 2005, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The result of that is millions of pounds of chemicals and heavy metals ended up in the ground even though it’s easier than ever to recycle electronics. The Consumer Electronics Association created a website called to help people find recycling resources in their area. The site also provides a list of recyclable electronics; from laptops to baby monitors that are easier on the environment and your energy bill. On average an American household has three cell phones stashed in a drawer. If they sold these unused cell phones to they could receive about $35, and the phones would be refurbished and resold. If 1 million people recycled one cathode-ray tube TV this year, we’d keep 4 million pounds of lead out of the ground.

Third, a simple way of conserving energy and becoming greener is to unplug household electronics when they are not in use. Even though your TV, DVD player and computer are turned off, they’re still using electricity. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that 40 percent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. You also could do something as small as plugging your electronics in to a power bar that can be turned off when they are done being used.

Fourth, being copy smart can help you in the work place as well. The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year, so it is wise to think twice before you print or copy something.

Fifth, if you have a vehicle that’s constantly emitting unhealthy fumes and gases, consider allowing to haul away your junk vehicle for free and responsibly recycle it. By participating in green vehicle recycling you’re ensuring that steel can be recycled and re-used in hundred of thousands of future consumer products and that your old vehicle is not adding any environmentally strain to our planet.

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