HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - You want to do your part to help save the planet, save yourfamily, and maybe save a few buck in the process. You're not alone.It's getting easier every day to 'go green.'
More and more companies are embracing 'green,' making it easierto find environmental and family friendly products. But goinggreen is more than the latest marketing fad, for many it's a newway of life.
If you're looking for ideas on how to start, the basics arebelow -
It's simple and saves you money to boot. Check the caulkingand weatherstripping around doors and windows. Invest in aprogrammable thermostat. Add insulation to your attic. Buy only Energy Starrated appliances and electronics. Replace incandescent light bulbswith low-energy fluorecents. The list is endless, but the savingsare too!
More tips on saving energy at home are available at the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency andRenewable Energy website.
Much like saving energy, a little investment can pay bigdividends. High-efficiency toilets and low-flow shower heads canhelp. Look for products with a WaterSense label, the water-saving equivalentof an Energy Star label.
Of course, some ways to save cost no money. Take shortershowers, turn of the faucet when brushing your teeth, only washfull loads of in your dishwashing or washing machine.
In your yard, switch to drought-resistant plants to cut theamount and frequency of irrigation. Deep-soak your lawn and plantswhen you do irrigate, but also irrigate less often. This will maketheir roots grow deeper, and make them more drought tolerant.
More tips on saving water in your home are available from the Hampton Roads WaterEfficiency Team of the Hampton Roads Planning DistrictCommission.
With curbside recycling in most Hampton Roads cities, it'snever been easier. Newspapers; aluminum, steel, and tin cans; pieplates; foil; clear, brown and green glass; #1 and #2 plasticbottles....how much of this is going into your trash instead ofyour blue bin? Best yet, it costs nothing!
Composting is another way to recycle both yard waste and somefood items. Grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds, and grapefruitrinds can make a tasty treat for your plants and lawn!
Learn more about recycling and composting in Hampton Roads atthe Southeastern Public Service Authoritywebsite.
Reduce & Reuse
Again, this costs nothing! What better way to go green? Youbuy hundreds of products each year. Next time, buy the brand thatcomes in less packaging. Buy the brand that uses less toxic orhazardous components. Ditch the once-and-done (papertowels) for there-useable (remember rags, sponges?). Learn a few fix-it tips (yourmom will still teach you how to sew) so you're not replacingeverything with a tear or appliances just making funny noises.
And the next time you pass that snow-blower still taking upspace in your garage, remember that you can rent or borrowinfrequently used items (not just tools, but tables, chairs, evensliverware).
For more tips on recycling, reducing and reusing visit the EPA's Consumer Handbook for Reducing SolidWaste.
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