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The Cheapskate’s Guide To A Greener Home

The best place to start making a difference is in your own backyard!

The Cheapskate’s Guide To A Greener Home
Pin it Dominick Guillemot

29.Plant a vegetable garden. Even better than buying organic food at the market, grow your own without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
30.Eat less meat. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock production generates nearly one-fifth of the world’s greenhouse gasses— more than transportation. In fact, scientists have calculated that if Americans reduced meat consumption by just 20 percent, it would have the same effect as trading in their standard sedans for eco-friendly hybrids! So, make meatless meals one or two days a week or try going vegetarian one week a month.
31.Remove yourself from junk mail lists. Go to the Direct Marketing Association’s website (dmachoice.com) and register your address. You’ll end up with less to recycle—and less opportunity to get bogged down by clutter!
32.Know what off-gasses. Nonorganic mattresses, paint, new furniture and other products can release thousands of potentially harmful pollutants, primarily volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These pollutants affect indoor air quality and can contribute to a variety of health problems, including allergies, asthma, learning disabilities and reproductive disorders. When buying new stuff for your home, look for the GREENGUARD certified mark, which means the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute has certified it for low chemical emissions (greenguard.org).
33.Take frequent tech breaks. See if you can stay “off the grid” for one weekend a month. It’s good for the planet—and your stress levels.
34.Understand how much wattage your appliances use. Mindlessly blow-dry your hair every morning or toss a pair of jeans in the dryer to “fluff” them up? Your hair dryer uses 1,000 watts of energy, and the dryer uses about 4,000! That’s not to say you shouldn’t use your appliances, but knowing just how much energy they consume can help you be choosier about when to use them, and when you can make do without.

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