A new years resolution of many Americans is to go green. Be healthier and kinder towards the earth that we live in. But, as the year goes on, we slowly begin to forget. We slowly go back into our regular cycle and forget to turn off the light or turn off the water. Sometimes, we don’t know how to go greener. Well, this article will help you. It will give you tips and ideas on how to go green, and stay green. It will help yourself, as well as the earth.

Saving energy can also save you money. You wont be spending as much on your energy bill.

  • You can start with your air conditioning and heater. Lower it 2 degrees in the winter and raise it a few degrees higher in the summer.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water as much as possible. Most of the energy your washing machine uses is towards making hot water. Cold water will save you energy. You can even go further. Dry your clothes outside. If it is really hot, they will be done in no time. To prevent them from getting stiff, throw them into the dryer for 5 minutes to soften them up.
  • Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs, also called (CFLs). They tend to live much longer and shine a lot brighter than the regular light bulbs.. They also take up less energy. It’s a triple win!
  • When your charging your Ipod or phone, unplug the chargers when you’re done. Not many people realize, but even if your not using the wire, energy is still being sucked up. Unplug chargers, desk lamps, even your toaster. You could also invest in a “smart” power strip. This device senses when your devices are off and it will automatically cut the energy usage.
  • This can also go for turning out the light when you are not in the room, or turning off the T.V when you leave. It can save so much energy!

When you use less water, you are not only saving the environment and going green, but you are paying less for your water bill.

  • Try taking shorter showers. You can also make the shower colder or lukewarm. It is good for your skin. Hot water tends to dry it out and takes up too much energy. Cooler and quicker showers are the way to go.
  • When brushing your teeth or washing your face, turn the water off. Keep it on only when necessary. This can also go for when you’re washing the dishes. When you are scrubbing those pots and pans, turn the water off.
  • Invest in a Brita, if you don’t already have one. They are not more than $25 dollars and they will instantly purify your water. Also invest in a reusable water bottle. You are using no plastic, saving money from buying plastic bottles, and drinking more water.
  • Do you have a garden? They can require lots of watering. A good idea is to collect the rainwater in a barrel and connect it to a hose. That way, you are using natural water, which is free, and saving the environment by recycling.

Using less gas will save you money; give you a better workout, and great less pollution.

  • SUVs are big gas-guzzlers. If you have the money, invest in a more energy efficient car. If you cannot afford it, try walking or biking. If you live in the city, this is easy. It could probably get you where you need to be faster, because you are skipping all the traffic. If you live father from town, try parking in the middle of town and walk around to accomplish all of your errands.

You can be surprised what you recycle. Pretty much anything can be recycled. Doing this will help the environment. It will also create less garbage for you, which will save plastic and money!

  • Recycle everything! Recycle your soda cans, beer bottles, glass Snapple bottles.  Recycle your newspapers and old magazines. Recycle your tissue boxes, your pasta boxes, or any other cardboard materials. You can even recycle your food. Fruit peels, tea bags, and chicken bones could all be recycled. Start compost in your back yard. Get an old garbage can or even buy a compost bin. You are reducing the amount of garbage you use, as well as saving the earth.

Here are some statistics that you will find pretty interesting.

  • About 1.5 acres of rainforest is lost every second due to land development. From that, about 137 animals, insects and plants are killed. That makes about 50,000 species per year.
  • About 3 trillion gallons of water and $18 billion dollars would be saved each year if every household in America invested in a water saving appliance. (Like an energy efficient washing machine)
  • On average, about 113,200 cans of aluminum are recycled each minute.
  • From recycling one can of aluminum, a television set can run for 3 entire hours.
  • Just from recycling one glass bottle, you can run a 100-watt light bulb for 3-4 hours.
  • While it takes a plastic bag 1000 years to decompose in the ground, it takes a glass bottle 4 times that! (yes, 4,000 years.)
  • If every person who bought the newspaper recycled it, 250 million trees would be saved each year!
  • The U.S produces enough trash to equal the weight of the Empire state building every day.
  • About 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown out every hour
  • America produces enough Styrofoam cups to circle the earth 435 times.
  • Every year, America produces enough trash to stretch from the Earth and halfway to the moon.
  • On average, Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year. By recycling and creating compost, that number can be reduced by over 50%
  • One tone of paper is equivalent to 20 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,100 kilowatts of energy.
  • The amount of sunlight that hits the earth’s surface in one minute is enough to supply the world with energy for one year.