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Top Ten Tips For Going
Green

The buzz phrase these last few years is to “go green,” and with good reason. Studies have shown that for the past couple of decades, pollution, massive energy consumption, and use of non-environmentally friendly products have resulted in the earth becoming warmer and warmer, causing the phenomenon known as global warming. Global warming has many serious effects on the planet, including erratic changes in weather patterns around the world and the melting of polar ice caps, endangering coastal cities in the process. As a result, governments around the world have joined hands in an attempt to stop this destruction of the environment.

As an average person, there are many ways you can contribute to the improvement of the earth.

Going green, means adhering to practices and lifestyle changes that will help reduce pollutants and contaminants in the environment. It also means being efficient in energy consumption. Here are ten ways you can go green:


1)   
Save fuel. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year or so, you probably know there’s currently an oil crisis. As a result, people are trying to find ways to be more efficient in fuel consumption. You can car pool, change your driving style, or invest in gadgets that help drivers keep track of their fuel consumption. For the latter, a good product is the ScanGaugeII 3-in-one Automotive Computer Fuel Saver. NEW - PLX Kiwi has 2 new exciting fuel monitors, one that communicates with your iPhone or iPod Touch!


2)    Use an environmentally-friendly home cleaner. Most cleaners today contain harsh chemicals that not only destroy the environment, but may prove fatal to your kids and pets as well. The toxicity may destroy germs and bacteria as well as grime and dirt, but unfortunately, they may also do the same to good bacteria as well as the environment. If you're looking for cleaners, get one that is made from 100% natural ingredients and is non-toxic, such as the Oil Lift STORM FORCE Cleaner.


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Be mindful of your electricity consumption. Saving electricity saves energy, which is one of the best ways you can go green. If you're not using an electrical appliance, unplug it from the outlet, and make sure to turn off the lights in rooms you’re not in. If you want to keep your electricity consumption in check, invest in an electricity monitoring device like the P3 International Electricity Usage Monitoring Strip.

4)   
Use safe personal cleaners. If you're someone who works extensively with their hands, like a mechanic or a painter, you must know the frustrations of washing dirt, grease, grime, or paint off your hands. The problem with this is that if that by the time your hands are clean, a lot of water has been wasted. Fix this by using a hand cleaning solution that works fast and is environmentally friendly, too. WORX All Natural Hand Cleaner is a good example.

5)   
Plant trees or plants. Aside from giving you shade from the ever-increasing heat of the sun (due, in part, to the diminishing ozone layer), trees take in the carbon dioxide that produce and then provide oxygen that every living thing needs. Trees are a very important part of the ecosystem, and their disappearance is a big factor in environmental change.


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For heavy-duty use, choose efficient lighting. For large spaces such as offices, hotels, and show rooms, multiple fluorescent lights incur a huge increase in energy consumption. You can remedy this by employing a couple of flood lights instead. Use flood lights that have white light as they are more vision-friendly. The 7 Watt WDM LED MR16 Flood Light is a good choice.


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Recycle and reuse. Recycling is one of the best ways to go green. Recycling helps save energy and production costs. Also, recycling or reusing something means that it'll be one less piece junk in the landfill. Besides, some items are non-biodegradable, such as plastics, so recycling them is both wise and efficient. Check out the recycling centers and resources in your area.


8)   
Use compact fluorescent lights instead of regular incandescent. Compared to general incandescent lamps, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) give off the same amount of visible light at a lower power cost and longer rated life. With CFLs, you can save over $30 in electricity costs over the lamp's lifetime. While $30 may not seem much, if you have lots of incandescent lights, the value adds up quickly. Plus, with the longer lifespan, you’ll need to buy new bulbs less often. Check out our great selection of fluorescent screw-ins.

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Use dimmable fluorescents. Instead of regular bulbs with your lampshades, try using dimmable fluorescents instead. They are far more cost and energy-efficient, plus at the same light amount they can give your room a subdued, wonderful ambiance. We have a full line of dimmable fluorescents for you to choose from.

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10)
Save water. Sure, the majority of the Earth is made up of water, but potable usable water is not limitless. Save water and you‘ll ensure that everyone will have some in the future. Make sure all the faucets in your home are drip-free. Also, fix leaks, and when taking a bath, don't fill up your tub. Practice taking short showers, and investigate water-saving appliances like toilets and showers.
 

These are just some of the things you can do to go green. Remember that the Earth is the only planet we have. Take care of it, for our survival and future generations, too.

 
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