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March 12, 2014

Easy Ways to Help the Environment Without Much Effort

Everybody wants to help the environment, but some people may not know how to do it without disrupting their current lifestyle. You don’t have to undergo massive changes to start making a positive impact. The little things will add up over time! Here are some easy ways that you can make a difference:

Use Less Fuel

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Considering the high price of gas these days, it makes every kind of sense to conserve fuel whenever possible. Try to schedule your errands so that they can all be run at the same time to avoid wasting gas. Pay bills online whenever possible. Keep your car well maintained, and drive the recommended speed limit in order to ensure you get the best fuel efficiency possible.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Set up recycling bins in your kitchen for glass, plastic, and paper. Reuse cardboard boxes and bubble wrap whenever you need to ship items. Repurpose things whenever possible: cereal boxes can be packing material, children’s crafts or cage liners for hamsters or guinea pigs, and plastic bags can be taken to the store to carry a second round of groceries.

Conserve Energy at Home

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Home improvement can make a big difference. Turn your thermostat down one or two degrees in the winter, which will save money as well. Turn off your computers at night, and avoid rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Take short showers instead of baths, and consider turning your hot water heater down a few degrees as well.

Use Green Products

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Many household cleaners contain chemicals that are not only bad for the environment, but they could be harmful to your health as well. Replace these cleaners with ones made primarily from vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice in order to reduce the number of chemicals that could wind up in our drinking water.

These are just a few ways that anyone can make a positive difference for the environment. You will be helping to preserve the earth for future generations–and saving money in the meantime!

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