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Top 5 Ways to Go Green in 2015

by Harrison Chute 21 April, 2015 12:01

This Earth Day, Bulbs.com is counting down our favorite ways to go green, with some practical tips and considerations to keep in mind during the celebration of our planet and throughout the year.

5. Manage Water!

Of course, we all know that bottled water is not the most eco-friendly solution for thirst-quenching. Using glass or metal containers is a preference, as they’re free of the chemicals in that thin, osmotic plastic. According to “50 Ways to Help the Planet,” the “EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water” — so why not choose safety, when it doubles as good for the environment?

4. Get creative with transportation!

Here’s a fun one. Wouldn’t you know it, working from home saves on gas! Which is probably all your boss needs to hear when you pitch the idea. But if you can finagle it, even for a day or two out of every week, working from home could be a world of difference for yourself, your family, and the world. But if not, if we must go to work, let’s reevaluate how we get there. Most everyone loves their car, so thinking about it as a last resort is possibly too hasty, but there’s a variety of serviceable alternatives, whether riding the ol’ bicycle, or catching the bus. Bicycle, and you save a trip to the gym — it’s like being at the gym on the way to work! How much more productive can you be?

3. Maximize Efficiency!

Efficiency of energy and resources is a multi-faceted arena, which for you only means that there are multiple opportunities to be efficient. In the realm of nature for example, take efficient care of your lawn by watering in the early morning lets your lawn drink up a greater share of the water, rather than the greedy sun. On the technology side we can’t ignore lighting! Going LED is huge, and of course, Bulbs.com is your go-to resource for making that transition. It’s the absolute upgrade from incandescent and halogen bulbs, with incredible life-spans and greatly reduced energy use. Similarly, be on the lookout for ENERGY STAR®-certified products (in addition to light bulbs), those refrigerators and washing machines don’t require near the same amount of powering down and door-closing as the outdated tech. In terms of ‘outdated,’ honestly, lighting makes a huge difference. Even in terms of waste, where over the lifespan of a single LED bulb, you would’ve thrown away around 20 incandescent light bulbs. Which takes us into…

2. Minimize Waste!

The world is rapidly evolving to suit a greener lifestyle in our increasingly paperless, digital society. Download software rather than shipping the disc, order e-tickets for a flight, event, or show, can save paper as well as time spent waiting in line. So, think twice before you throw something away – you or someone else may have another use for it.

1. Healthy Living!

Choosing organic and local foods makes for healthier eating, and also has greater efficiency in cultivation and delivery. Setting plants around your house and office is about as green as you can get — filters the air, and appeals to the interior designer in all of us. planting a tree is a rewarding activity, and possible fun for the whole family. Gardening is making a mainstream comeback, I can sense it — get in on the ground floor. (The forest floor). Hopefully there are a few things here you can instill in your everyday. Start with the minimal impact suggestions — even just to experiment. You never know what’ll click, but when you find it, brace yourself for a subtle wave of euphoria.

That being? You — making a difference.

Happy Earth Day.


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