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Going green is easier than you think. Use these simple tips to go green, one day at a time.




Cover Your Plate (at Least) Half Full with Fruits and Vegetables
    It can be hard to eat enough vegetables and fruits, but this easy tip - filling half your plate with greens and fruits - makes it easier.

Test for Radon to Protect Your Family from a Silent Killer
    Radioactive radon gas is a major threat to indoor air quality. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking, and can accumulate in homes. Get a radon test, and if you need to do remediation.

Sign a Petition
    Signing a political petition on an environmental issues is an important step we can all take to help the environment, as Heart of Green Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ted Danson says.

Compost Your Christmas Tree
    Instead of sending your old fresh Christmas tree to a landfill after Christmas, drop it off for recycling into wood chips and compost.

Check the Temperature in Your Fridge and Freezer
    Save energy, and money, by making sure your refrigerator and freezer are not set too cold. The EPA recommends keeping refrigerators at 37 degrees F and freezers at 3 degrees F. Use a weather thermometer to check the temperatures.

Kick Off Your Shoes at the Door for a Cleaner Home
    Go green with this extremely easy tip: Initiate a shoes off policy in your house. Taking your shoes off at the door helps keep 70 percent of dirt outside which makes it easier to keep a clean home.

Wrap Presents with Recycled Paper
    Cut down on paper waste and save resources by using recycled paper gift wrap. You can buy wrapping paper made of recycled paper or alternative fibers like hemp, use reusable bags, or decorate old magazine and newspaper from around the house.

Eat Seasonally – Even in Winter!
    Eating seasonally is rewarding, for your taste buds and your immune system, even in winter.

Shop Online, But Avoid Overnight Shipping
    Avoid rush delivery and overnight shipping. Ground transportation means less fuel use and pollution, meaning less impact in terms of carbon emissions and global warming.

Getting an Artificial Christmas Tree? Choose This Type.
    Deciding on a real or fake Christmas tree is difficult, especially when it comes to the environment. If you decide on an artificial Christmas tree, choose one made in America, which should have fewer toxins and require less shipping.

Deck the Halls with LED Holiday Lights
    Save energy and money with LED holiday lights. This Christmas, get strands of light emitting diodes instead of incandescent bulbs.

Give to Charity While You Shop Online
    iGive and GoodShop are two options for online shopping for charity.

6 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Suspect Chemicals
    Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director, the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center, offers tips for families wishing to avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals that can mimic hormones.

Swap Your Holiday Lights for $5 Coupons
    Save money now and later by switching to LED Christmas and holiday lights.

Consider a Home Water Filter
    Filtering tap water with the right home water filter can remove colorless odorless contaminants, like disinfection byproducts and lead, is one way to ensure safe clean drinking water at home.

Recycle e-Waste (Responsibly)
    Choose certified recyclers like e-Stewards or R2 when recycling electronics, known as e-waste.

For Year-End Charitable Giving, Remember the Environment
    EarthShare is one option for making year-end charitable giving for the environment.

Compost Your Pumpkins
    Reduce garbage going to the landfill by composting your pumpkins after carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

Put This in Your Fireplace and Smoke It
    Only burn dry wood in fires, which burns cleaner, releasing fewer particulates (air pollution).

Wait to Turn on the Furnace
    Save money on your utility bills, and conserve energy, by waiting to turn on your furnace in the fall. With warm days and cool nights, you can often maintain a comfortable home temperature with a little effort.

Blow Your Nose – Without Blowing Away More Trees
    Buying facial tissues made from recycled paper saves trees, stops pollution and is better for the environment. Here are several brands that sell recycled facial tissue.

Time to Plant Fall Bulbs
    Wondering when to plant fall bulbs? Try these tips to help plant bulbs in fall that will bloom in Spring and Summer.

Caulk Now, Before Winter's Chill
    Fall is the time to winterize your home using caulking and weatherstripping to save as much as 30% on energy bills.

Do More than Just Leaf Peep
    Leaf peeping can also lead to citizen science, with the Foliage Network.

Maintain Your Septic System
    Check out this graphic to help you maintain your septic system.

Recycle Used Plastic Bags (Even Ziploc Sandwich Bags)
    You can recycle ziploc and other sandwich bags along with plastic shopping bags at supermarket recycling bins.

Think Twice Before Sealing Your Driveway
    Driveway sealants made with coal tar produce high levels of pollution known as PAHs. Asphalt based sealants also create air and water pollution, but to a lesser degree.

Replace Your Furnace Filter
    Cleaning or replacing furnace filters is part of annual and monthly maintenance necessary to improve indoor air quality and improve energy efficiency. Electrostatic or HEPA filters are more effective.

Drive 55
    On the highway, try not to exceed driving 55 mph, after which your car will burn gas much less efficiently. Your gas mileage and fuel economy will be better if you drive 55 miles per hour.

Plant Street Trees to Clean the Air
    Trees, shrubs and other greenery can significantly reduce street level air pollution, according to a new study.

Natural Termite Control
    Protect homes from termites with non-toxic or less-toxic methods versus conventional pesticides.

Don't Just Buy Energy Star Products. Look for the "Most Efficient"
    Energy Star now identifies the "most efficient" televisions, clothes dryers and air conditioners. Soon, it will do the same for refrigerators.

Pick Your Own
    Pick your own apples and pumpkins and other farm-fresh produce to keep farmers in business, protect open space, lower local taxes - and enjoy the fall.

Don't Wash Dishes By Hand. Don't Even Rinse Them.
    Wash dishes in the dishwasher instead of by hand and you'll use less water in the kitchen.

Especially After Flooding, Test Your Water
    Testing private wells is the only way to know if drinking water is safe for millions of rural residents who aren't served by municipal water systems.

Don't Use Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizers
    What we can learn from states that have banned lawn fertilizers with phosphorus.

Use Windows for Cross Ventilation
    Keep homes and buildings cool with cross ventilation by opening windows or vents. You'll reduce energy and money used for air conditioning.

Don't Eat Vegetables from Flooded Gardens
    Wondering what to do with a flooded garden? It depends on the type of flooding that occurred. Here are some tips.

Burn Local Firewood
    It's our job to stop the spread of invasive species like the emerald ash borer by avoiding activities that spread them from place to place. Among those activities: transporting fire wood for camping trips.

Before You Exercise, Check the Air Pollution Forecast
    Before exercising outdoors on hot sunny summer days, check the air pollution forecast and report to see if ozone levels are unhealthy for strenuous outdoor activity.

Plant a Butterfly Garden
    Plant a butterfly garden for National Pollinator Week. Find plants that attract butterflies and other native pollinators, like honey bees, hummingbirds and bats.

Pull Weeds. Don't Pollute
    Pulling weeds, rather than dousing them with chemical pesticides, may take longer, but is better in the long run for a healthy lawn and garden.

3 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers' Market
    There are more than 6,000 farmers' markets in the United States, many filled with heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, meats and more that make your taste buds soar. Eat fresh, local foods.

Let 'No Child Left Inside' Be Your Mantra
    Environmental and science education would get a boost from the No Child Left Inside Act of 2011. You can help your child learn with everything from citizen science projects to unstructured outdoor play time.

Have a Meatless Monday
    Meatless Mondays can help you develop more vegetarian and vegan recipes to enjoy throughout the week, improving your health and the environment.

Pack a Safe, Effective Sunscreen
    Choose a safe, natural sunscreen that gives you effective protection from UVA and UVB rays, but does not contain potentially harmful chemicals.

Recycle Used Inkjet Cartridges
    If you trash inkjet and toner cartridges, you're not alone. But recycling cartridges, using recycled cartridges, refilling used cartridges and buying recycled ink is easy, and saves resources.

Make Your Own Natural Health and Beauty Products
    Homemade natural health and beauty products can save you money, help you avoid suspect preservatives and chemicals, and help you achieve a natural wellness.

Choose Organic and Fair Trade Chocolates
    Benefit the earth and your sweet tooth by choosing organic and fair trade chocolate.

Buy Fair Trade Food and Products
    With World Fair Trade day here, learn more about fair trade certifications and how to shop for fair trade foods and goods.




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