December 8, 2008 5:34pm CST
Ok... so I was wondering what some of your tips are for eco-friendly living? I am looking to save some money and maybe the environment too. I want to do my part to help, but I don't have a lot of money at the moment. I do donate my things to charity, so that someone else might be able to benefit from the stuff and it's not taking up space in some landfill somewhere.
• United States
9 Dec 08
My husband and I are slowly trying to be more eco-friendly as well. We have switch all the lights in our house to the CFL bulbs..the ones that look like curly Q's. They last longer, use less energy and are more economical. We recycle alot more than before. Most of our weekly trash is recycled. I have switched from dryer sheets to liquid fabric softener in my wash. Saves the sheets, and I am just recycling the one container, and not every little sheet. In sted of throwing out appliances or things we no longer have a use for, we either give them to GoodWill or find someone we know who can make use of it. We recycle all printer ink cartridges and cell phones. Donate "gently used" clothing to the homeless shelters. I do that sort of seasonaly. In the fall, I will donate any winter clothes we no longer use. In the spring, any summer clothes. Then it is available to the people who need it at the time they need it. Childrens and womens clothes (toys too) can go to battered womens shelters...often they leave with just the clothes on their backs.
• United States
11 Dec 08
I volunteer at a women's shelter and I do take all of my used items there when I am finished with them. I believe that is a very nice organization to donate to... also my shelter will send the donations to another charity if they for some reason can not use them.
8 Dec 08
hi thumper! the basic things to do are savings in the home, such as saving on water, electricity, and gas. electricity 1. turn off appliances when not in use. don't put them on stand by mode. 2. turn off lights when you go out of the room, even it is just 2 minutes. 2 mins is 2 mins and u have to pay for the use of electricity. and most of the time, it takes us more than 2 mins to get back again. water 1. use a glass to contain water when brushing your teeth. do not let water just drip. 2. turn off shower when soaping. 3. use a basin when washing your face. 4. pour water in your glass that you can only consume. don't fill your glass when you can't finish your entire glass. gas 1. wipe dry your pans and pots before putting on top of the stove. 2. when cooking, avoid overcooking. that would save you a lot of gas. 3. when cooking vegetables, turn off the burner early and let the heat cook the veggies. these are just some. there are a lot. but starting from these, you can already save a lot and help the environment. take care and God bless you! merry christmas!