In the Bathroom & Laundry
1. Prefer showers over baths. Showers use less water. Don't forget to install an
efficient shower head.
2. Use soaps and detergents that contain no phosphates. Use a mixture of
water and vinegar to wash your windows. Wash clothes in cold water to avoid consuming
energy to heat the water. On sunny days, use a clothes line instead of a clothes dryer.
Your clothes will smell fresher and the sun's rays ensure that germs are successfully sizzled.
3. Install low-flush toilets in your home. These use 1.6 gallons per flush, instead of 3.5
gallons, cutting water consumption by more than half.
4. For the ladies out there, consider using cloth (as in, reusable) tampons and pads,
or using a menstrual cup. It may seem gross, but it can't be grosser than the thought of
the amount of pads and tampons women use yearly piled up in a landfill, now can't it?
In the Garage
1. Leave the car at home. Let the car contribute less to the atmosphere by resting at
home whenever possible. Walk to your local stores, take public transport to work and
cycle to your friends' houses for dinner. Join a car pool and ferry others to work rather
than driving in alone. You'll make new friends and you'll all share the costs.
2. Buy a fuel-efficient car if you are changing cars. Choose a compact car over an SUV.
SUVs burn almost twice the amount of gas as a station wagon and yet can still carry
around the same amount of passengers.
3. If you're really serious about going all-out green, consider living without a car -
not only it's green, but could also save you a lot of money!
4. Keep your bike well maintained. Take away at least one excuse that you cannot use
your bike because it is in bad shape. Keep it in shape and then use it to keep yourself in
5. Dispose of workshop items with care. Old paints, oils, pesticides etc. should not be
tipped down the drain - the residues end up in our waterways. Dispose of these items
through municipal disposal schemes or use the landfill option if there is no other choice.