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The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. He created all we see and then gave man dominion.

We are stewards of this planet and should care for it. Green is God's idea and we need to be more

aware of how much we consume and how we dispose of the leftovers.

Genesis {1:26} And God said, Let us make man in our image,

after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish

of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,

and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that

creepeth upon the earth. {1:27} So God created man in his

[own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and

female created he them. {1:28} And God blessed them, and

God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish

the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of

the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living

thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

These ideas were collected from all over the web. I have not tried all of them, but plan to implement as many as possible. Your feedback would be great. If you've tried one that works, email me. If you've tried one that is a loser let me know that too. Email me at: proverbialwoman7@aol.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

  1. Leave your shoes at the door; you track fewer pollutants into your home.
  2. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Many provide bags you can buy for a nominal cost. (These bags can even be made of recycled materials like soda and water bottles.)
  3. If you do use plastic, recycle them by either bringing them back to the grocer or making them into something useful.
  4. Wash your laundry in cold water. Follow the detergentís directions for cold water usage.
  5. Line-dry your linens! They smell great and youíll be spending less on electricity.
  6. Unplug unused electronics as these pull power even when they arenít on.
  7. Use a laptop instead of a desktop as they tend to use as much as 50% less electricity.
  8. Keep your car tires inflated to the recommended pressure as you will use more power if your tires are under inflated. Purchase a tire gauge and then look at the side walls of your tires. The recommended pressure should be there for you to see. Recap the valve stem after checking. Savings of 8 cents per gallon.
  9. Do the speed limit and avoid jack rabbit starts and stops as this uses fuel. If you really want to save, stay under 65 MPH as anything over this eats fuel. By reducing your mileage to 65 MPH you can save 19 cents per gallon.
  10. Turn your car off at the bank if youíre in a long line. Donít sit and idle waiting for someone as this too uses unnecessary fuel. If you pick your child up and the weather isnít too hot, turn your engine off while waiting.
  11. Find and shop at your local farmerís market. The food is better for you and you support your local economy. It takes a lot of fossil fuel to get groceries to you.
  12. Make sure your air filter is clean. You can improve your gas mileage as much as 10% by replacing yours. Savings of 28 cents per gallon.
  13. Poor alignment can also eat away at your gas mileage. Savings of 28 cents per gallon.
  14. A properly tuned engine can improve mileage as much as 4%.  Savings of 11 cents per gallon.
  15. Do you have a broken or missing gas cap? Air getting into your tank can cause you to lose mileage and harm the environment. Savings of 2 cents per gallon.
  16. Riding your brake can cost you a lot! It will prematurely wear out your breaks and can cost you as much as 96 cents per gallon.
  17. Learn to reduce, reuse or recycle. Reduce your consumption of goods, think smaller, think leaner, and think less clutter. Reuse or find someone who can reuse what you donít need. Find a recycling center near you and learn what they accept. Create a recycling center in your backyard, garage, carport or back porch.
  18. If you have two vehicles and one is smaller than the other, use it for the majority of your travel.
  19. Carpool.
  20. Bring your lunch to work or if you must go out to eat, fill a car with folks and go to the same restaurant.
  21. Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). You can find CFLs where light bulbs are sold.
  22. Save over $100 a year and use less energy by raising your thermostat two degrees in the summer and lowering it two degrees in the winter.
  23. Change your water fixtures to low-flow. You can even find low-flow + chemical filters for your shower. Removing chemicals is great and so is saving water!
  24. Crafters, you can stop buying more and use what you have. How many of us have boxes of unused material, patterns and craft supplies and yet we buy more and more?
  25. Take time to surf the web for ideas and keep your green fresh. Itís easy to start strong and end weak, but if you give a little time each week to keeping green you will develop green habits. Here are some websites with ideas.
    1. www.ourearth.org
    2. http://www.allfreecrafts.com/recycling-crafts/index.shtml (crafts)
    3. http://www.make-stuff.com/recycling/ (crafts)
    4. http://www.auh2odesigns.com/ (stylish recycled clothing)
    5. http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/resource.htm (Christians who recycle)
    6. http://www.virtuousplanet.com/greenchristians/s00000000000000001586 (green Christians)
    7. http://www.christianitytoday.com/tc/2007/003/1.46.html (A green pastor speaks out)
    8. National Geographicís www.thegreenguide.com (all things green)
  26.  Quit charging your cell phone overnight. It should only take 2 hours to recharge after the initial charge. Overcharging causes overheating and premature aging of cell phone batteries. Oh yes, when your battery wonít hold a charge any longer recycle it. www.rbrc.org (recycle batteries)
  27. Keep your cell phone out of extreme heat. This wears them down. Avoid leaving it on the dash of your car or in direct sunlight.
  28. Turn your cell phone off at church, during movies and anywhere else you donít want to be bothered. You can live without it on 24/7.
  29. Avoid using the ďextrasĒ on your phone that run the battery down quickly. Things like the camera, the games, the MP3 player and other things you can daily live without.
  30.  Go to the library and reserve that latest top selling book. Better yet, check out some of the tens of thousands of books youíve never looked at that are at your library every single day. Read magazines you like when youíre at the library and make copies of the articles you like for future reference.
  31. Visit this website for 22 great green tips: http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/homestyle/10/23/22.go.green/index.html
  32. Composting is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to reduce the amount of garbage your household produces. Through composting, yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings and food wastes such as vegetable scraps can be turned into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that reduces the need for commercial chemical fertilizers in home gardens. Do not add meat or oil to your compost pile/bin.
  33. Run your dishwasher full. Youíll save up to 20 gallons of water per load and up to 7,300 gallons per year. Thatís enough water to quench the thirst of a human for an entire lifetime.
  34. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. You will conserve 5 gallons of water a day per person! That adds up very quickly.
  35. Clean your dryer vent EVERY time you dry. Donít make your dryer work harder than it has to. Check the hose for lint buildup as well. Not only will you save money, but you could avert a fire.
  36. Use the right sized burner for the pot youíre using. Small pots on big burners waste electricity or gas. You could see a savings of $36.00 for electricity and $18.00 for gas!
  37. Avoid using polystyrene as it is not normally accepted by recycling centers. It is also known by one of its brand names, Styrofoam.
  38. Water early in the morning or at dusk. Water evaporates in the high heat of mid day and water left on the leaves of plants can burn the leaves. Soaker hoses and drip systems are ideal.
  39. Got tons of old CDs, better known as coasters? Here are some recycling ideas you might want to try. http://www.make-stuff.com/recycling/cd.html
  40. Recycle your magazines by taking them to nursing homes, hospital waiting rooms, dentist and doctorís offices. Donít forget to black out your address for security reasons.
  41. Green Apples: Macs come with energy saving features. You will save up to 77% of the energy used by your Mac if you set your computer to go to sleep when youíre not using it.
  42. Buy Energy Star appliances for your home. The usage ratings are posted on yellow easy to read stickers. 
  43. Keep your extra refrigerators and freezers in cooler areas. They suck power when itís hot as it makes them work harder.
  44. Pay your bills online, but make sure and use a high security password so you donít fall victim to identity theft. This saves paper. You can even download your monthly statement to your desktop and avoid the cost of paper, envelopes and the gas it takes to get it to your home. (A high security password is one that combines letters and numbers and is at least 8 digits.)
  45. Recycle your cell phones: visit the following site as they are supposed to buy your cell phone! www.greenphone.com
  46. Fix dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Put food coloring in the tank of your toilet. If you see color in your toilet bowl you have a leaky toilet and it should be fixed. Leaky faucets can be fixed with just a little work. Need help? Hereís a few articles that might just do the trick. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,193895,00.html
  47. Let your grass grow longer. Grass loves to be about 2 Ĺ inches long. If you leave the clippings on your lawn they will act like fertilizer and put needed nitrogen into your lawn. Not only that, but youíll keep them out of the landfill!
  48. Buy ladybugs and use them to eat nasty bugs in your garden. Avoid toxic herbicides and pesticides and take the time to find environmentally friendly alternatives.  
  49. Thinking green is about developing new habits. I made a little "GREEN" sign for my car. It reminds me to keep my foot off the accelerator and to use my "green" bags when shopping.

Green Groceries

Paper Products 

When shopping for paper goods, choose those with the highest "post consumer waste" content you can find, either unbleached or whitened without chlorine.

Candles                                                                                                                                   

 Replace paraffin candles, which are made from crude oil, with cleaner-burning soy or beeswax ones.

Trash Bags                                                                                                                            

Select biodegradable bags or those made with at least 65 percent recycled content.

Light bulbs            

Compact fluorescent bulbs use 1/4th the energy of incandescent bulbs and last 10 times as long. You should know that they contain mercury gas which is poisonous. Be cautious when handling them and disposing of them.

Cleaning Stuff (Make your own) Buy prepared basics or mix your own cleaners using common ingredients.            

 Recipes:

Soft Scrub
Add enough soap to 1/8 cup baking soda to make a creamy mixture. Apply with sponge to clean; rinse the surface well. Use and discard.

Appliance Cleaner
Dry baking soda shines up small appliances and even removes bread wrappers burned onto the toaster. Try rubbing a teaspoon onto your grubby blender or food processor with a clean flannel cloth.

Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer
Sprinkle toilet bowl with 1/4 cup baking soda. Drizzle with 1/4 cup vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush.

Oven Cleaner
Sprinkle oven with 1/2 cup baking soda (more if needed) and spray with water. Let sit for several hours or overnight before scraping up stains and spills. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner
In a pail or bucket, mix 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar in one gallon warm water. Mop wood or linoleum floors, then rinse with water, making sure not to leave large pools to dry.

 Reusable Cloths Use flannel cloths, for dusting or wet cleaning, can be washed and reused.

         Natural Scrubbers Try cellulose or natural sea sponges instead of plastic ones. Old toothbrushes come in handy for cleaning grout.

Come On Baby, Letís do the Twist!

Think all sponges and cleaning cloths are alike? Think again. TWIST products are 100% biodegradable and the packaging is earth-friendly and recyclable. And wimpy? Absolutely not. The loofah sponge is antibacterial and the cleaning cloths are as absorbent as paper towels and dishwasher safe! You can buy TWIST sponges and cleaning cloths, $1.99 to $4.99 when you visit www.twistclean.com. Twist goes one step further. Their packaging is recyclable in a neat way. They make bird feeders and birdcages! Visit www.twistclean.com/birdfeeder.

You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Underinflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.