Go Green and Save Some Green

Go Green and Save Some Green

clinton kelly, green, 4-20-12

It’s Earth Day.  In honor of the holiday Clinton suggests a few earth-friendly changes you can make to your home that are good for the environment and your wallet.
 
Don’t Throw Everything in the Trash

Not only is it environmentally unsound to throw everything in the trash it’s also expensive.  Instead try recycling and composting and you can save about a $100 a year.
 
Composting

So, you’re interested in composting but you don’t know where to start?  We’ve got all the tips.  Most of the items that are compostable are brown, like table scraps, flowers, or tea leaves, or green, like weeds, grass and shrub clippings.  Once you’ve gathered your waste layer it in a container with an airtight top and holes on the bottom.  Place your waste in the container and let it sit for 2-3 weeks.
 
Recycling

Plastic, glass and paper are recyclable and there’s no reason for you not to do it.  Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power your TV for two hours.
 
Keep Your Pipes Clean

You made a delicious bacon dish and now you have all this leftover grease.  Don’t simply dump it down the drain.  Grease can clog pipes and can cause raw sewage backups in homes and public places.

Instead just dump your excess fat into a can or glass jar and put a lid on it.  You can trash it, recycle it or even use it to power your car.
 
Kick Your AC Habit

Reduce your carbon footprint by turning off your air conditioner.  Not only will you save the upwards of $200 a year but you will also reduce your carbon emissions.  Keep your air conditioner at 78 degrees F.
 
Laundry Time: Use Cold Water

When doing your laundry use cold water and only as much detergent as you need.  Most loads don’t need hot water and your washing machine uses tons of energy heating the machine.
 
Clean Up Your Counters

When cleaning your counters don’t use harsh chemicals.  Most cleaners can be replaced with simple and ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice.  Plus these simple ingredients are nontoxic.

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