Going green doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, and the start of Fall is a great time to make small changes to your lifestyle that can have a big impact on our world.
Take public transportation: Whether by bus, ferry, subway or rail, using public transportation not only cuts back on carbon emissions, it also can save you a pretty penny — $10,000 a year or more for households, according to the American Transportation Association. And, if you’re in a new city, or not used to using public transport, there are lots of sites, including Mapnificent and HopStop.com to help you navigate your urban landscape.
Eat less meat: “What?! What?! What?!” you exclaim in the style of Kyle's mom from "South Park." Before all you carnivores freak out, consider that cutting back on meat consumption can reduce your carbon footprint, minimize water usage and help reduce fossil fuel dependence. Eating less meat can be as simple as skipping meat for one day a week. There’s even a whole movement dedicated to it called “Meatless Monday.” Learn more about it here.
Recycle your gadgets: Before you stock up on the latest technology, make sure you recycle your old gadgets properly. Doing so can help keep landfills free of reusable material and prevent toxins from entering into the environment. Not sure how to recycle your tech stuff? We show you how here.
Be more efficient: Purchasing energy-efficient appliances for your home, such as the ones listed here is not only good for the environment; it can also save you tons of dough. And if the cost of going more efficient seems daunting, homeowners can apply for tax credit. Not a homeowner? Check out Energy Star’s tips for renters.
Try a green brand: There is an eco-friendly version of almost any product you can think of. Need more help finding out which green products make the grade? Check out the Good Guide. Choosing the greener brand doesn’t always mean shelling out more cash — many retailers, including Safeway, Fresh & Easy and Duane Reade have released their own eco-friendly labels.
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