How Eco-Friendly Are You?

Do you believe you are earth conscious? How about taking a quick eco-friendly test? Of course, you are out there doing your part to save the planet and live a sustainable life. You are the expert of all of your friends when it comes to being eco=friendly. Are you sure you’re doing all you can? Take this self-evaluation to determine just how eco-friendly you are.
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* Use fluorescent or LED light bulbs in your home.
* Turn off electronics at night (TV, computers, radios, etc.).
* Turn off lights when you leave a room.
* Don’t rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
* Only run full loads for the washing machine or dishwasher.
* Wash laundry in cold water.
* Hang clothes to dry.
* Skip the oven preheat except for baking.
* Recycle newspaper.
* Recycle glass.
* Recycle aluminum.
* Recycle paper.
* Recycle cell phones.
* Recycle ink cartridges.
* Recycle hangers.
* Use an eco-friendly dry cleaner or just don’t dry clean at all.
* Use both sides of a piece of paper and use white boards or digital whenever possible.
* Reuse gift wrap like bows and gift bags.
* Use reusable bags at the grocery store.
* Use reusable water bottles like this wonderful LifeFactory bottle (I love mine).
* Use reusable coffee mugs – I use a Thermos mug because they’re the best.
* Use a water filtration system instead of buying bottled water.
* Use reusable lunch bags.
* Don’t use coffee stirrers.
* Stop paper bills/statements.
* Pay bills online.
* No baths, showers only.
* Shared showers among family members.
* No running water while brushing teeth.
* Take short five-minute showers.
* Adjust your thermostat, keep your house cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer.
* Open windows and turn off air conditioning whenever possible.
* Walk or ride a bike whenever possible.
* Use public transportation or carpool to work.
* Do all your errands at once.
* Go to a car wash.
* Work from home whenever you can.
* Use your cruise control.
* Keep your car tuned up and well maintained.
* Plant a tree.

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Are you as earth-friendly as you think you are? Compare yourself against this checklist and see how you stack up!

* Clean your home with eco-friendly cleaning products.

* Do yard care with eco-friendly products.
* Keep your fireplace damper closed.
* Use matches instead of lighters.
* Cut down on the junk mail.
* Give away clothes and other items you don’t use anymore.
* Buy second hand.
* Use cloth diapers on your baby.
* Use wash clothes instead of wipes.
* Don’t use paper towels.
* Download software instead of purchasing the disc.
* Use e-tickets wherever you can.
* No answering machine, use voicemail instead.
* Use rechargeable batteries.
* Buy local.
How did you do with this list? Are there areas you could improve in? Are you truly the eco-conscientious person you always believed yourself to be?

Being eco conscious is not only something you’ll find is good for our planet, but you’ll also notice some huge money savings. Your energy costs will go down as will your grocery bill. So work on reducing your carbon footprint on this planet, one thing at a time. And before you know it, you too will be living an eco-friendly life.


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