So you may be asking yourself “Ok, so what does going green really mean?” Going green just means that you make a conscience decision to implement changes to your lifestyle so that you are living in an eco-friendly manner. There are countless ways to go green that take very little effort. Doing so will reduce pollution, waste, save you money, and make positive impacts on our environment not only for you now, but for our future generations.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, a leading car donation distribution program in the United States, would like to share some simple ways to go green to help the environment, preserve our natural resources, and save some money along the way.
- Change the settings on your thermostat by just a few degrees lower in winter and higher in the summer and you will lower your energy consumption.
- Lower the settings on your hot water heater by a mere 5 or 10 degrees and save on energy costs to heat the water.
- Change out all your incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. This will emit light not heat, and will cut down on your energy consumption. They last 10 times longer and use 75% less energy.
- Leave a few buckets outside when it rains to collect rain water and then use that to water plants.
- When the sun is out during cold days open all your blinds, shades, and curtains to let the solar rays warm your home.
- When it is hot outside keep your blinds, shades, and curtains closed so that the solar heat is kept out, and the shade will help keep it cooler inside.
- Get some reusable shopping bags so you do not have to use the plastic shopping bags offered at businesses.
- If you’re leaving a room, turn the lights off. If you are not watching the TV, then turn it off too.
- Always make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are run with full loads. You will save on energy and water by avoiding washing partial loads.
- Make sure to change all filters in your home regularly as warranted. Dirty filters will decrease air flow, and use more energy.
- Shut down your computers at night.
- Unplug all chargers to any power tools, electronic gadgets etc. This is especially important if you’re not charging the item at the time or if you do not use them often.
- Unplug any appliances you are not using.
- Install a water filter so you can fill your own personal bottle of water instead of buying bottled water. This will cut down on all the plastic container waste in landfills and save you money.
- Prevent waste of paper by signing up for all your bills to be switched from paper to e-bills.
- Save additional wasted paper by signing up to opt out from pre-screened credit offers https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t
- Check and see if you are eligible to sign up for green power with your electric company http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/buying/buying_power.shtml
- Donate or recycle everything you no longer use, want, or need instead of sending it all to landfills just or letting it sit around your home.
We hope you have enjoyed learning about these simple ways to go green. If you have a car, van, truck, RV, boat, yacht, heavy equipment, and/ or real estate, you would like to donate please consider donating to 1-800 Charity Cars. We accept all of the above, running or not, provide free towing across the nation, and your donation will go to help struggling families in need. Give us a call at 1-800-CHARITY (1-800-242-7489 x 2) or use our convenient online vehicle donation form. You can also make a financial donation through JustGive or PayPal.