Lower your carbon footprint, save energy, and help the environment. By doing just a few things differently every day, you can be kind to the planet.

Here are 12 things you can do to help the environment:

Use Smart Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star - WikipediaAppliances receive an Energy Star mark that are more energy efficient than conventional appliances. Energy Star appliances require less energy and have the option to shift into a smart energy-saving mode when needed. Many products have additional sustainable requirements that must be met in order to receive the Energy Star mark.

The Energy Star label is used on a wide range of appliances and products; indicating to the consumer that the item in question will reduce energy consumption when compared to items not carrying the label. Consider a smart thermostat, smart HVAC, and other smart, wi-fi enabled appliances that help you conserve energy in the home.

Buy Local

Go to a local farmer’s market rather than the grocery store for your produce, and a flea market for goods. You’ll be supporting local people and small businesses in the community.


Recycle whenever you can, at home, at work; wherever recycling is available. Order multicolored recycling bins if available from your municipality, or locate your local recycling center. Visit it to see how many different categories of goods you can recycle. Yes, you’ve probably been recycling your soda cans and milk jugs for decades, but did you know (in many areas) you can recycle batteries, TVs and computers, cardboard, and even many metal goods?

Reuse Water Bottles & Mugs

Reuse Water Bottles
Reuse Water Bottles

Get in the habit of only using one or two reusable mugs, thermoses, sports bottles, etc… each day. If you’re refilling it with water, tea, coffee, or juice, over and over again, just wash it out & reuse it.

Disposable water bottles are made of plastic, and the majority of beverage cups are plastic, styrofoam, or paper – and these products just end up in landfills (unless they are recycled).

Cutting down on the number of cups you throw away is a great way to conserve resources. 

Start a Compost Pile or Donate Food

A good thing to do with potentially wasted food is to donate your excess food to a local food bank, homeless shelter, non-profit, or church. We create an incredible amount of natural food waste through peels, shells, grounds, leftovers, etc… Instead of tossing all of that potentially useful food waste in the trash, start a compost pile and recycle it through your municipal compost facility, put it separate compost trash bin (if available in your city), or in your own yard/ garden. 

Natural fiber shopping tote
Natural fiber shopping tote


Not bring your own beer, but rather bring your own bags to the grocery store to reduce the number of plastic bags floating around.

If you do use those free bags at the grocery, recycle the plastic or brown grocery bags in designated bins at your grocery store, or save them up at home and recycle them at the appropriate mixed paper/ mixed plastic dumpsters at your local recycling center; do the same with phone books and junk mail.

Ideally, use reusable shopping totes made of natural fibers or bamboo whenever possible.

Grow a Garden

The planet likes it when you grow things. It helps filter out bad air and is a great sustainable practice. Plus, you can’t beat home-grown tomatoes or herbs.

Conserve Water

Install low-flow toilets and faucets, where you can, in your residence. Consider a smart irrigation system for your garden. Save water by running faucets only when you really use water.

Stamp Out Energy Vampires

Save energy by unplugging any appliances that you’re not using; including electronic devices like computers. Don’t keep chargers plugged in, either. These all suck up energy even when they’re not in use. An eco-friendly option for plugging in electronics is using smart power strips

Go Solar

If you’re not ready for solar panels on your roof, try solar garden/ patio lights to get your feet wet. Also, depending on your location, you might have community solar available in your neighborhood or clean energy/ renewable power option available from your utility.

Stay In For Dinner

From the gas your car uses to bring you to the restaurant to the trucks needed to deliver the food to the kitchen, you can save energy by dining in. This is true even if the restaurant only serves environmentally sustainable food; it’s often better to just cook at home more. 

Use Eco-friendly Lights/ Turn Out the Lights

Use energy-efficient LED or CFL lights when you can. LEDs and CFLs are more energy efficient, in addition to being more cost efficient, than incandescent lights. LED and CFL lights are gaining popularity not just because they can save hundreds in utility bills but because they are much better for the environment.

Turn off lights in rooms/ on patios when not needed. Once a month, perhaps try a controlled brownout where you pretend that the electricity has gone out and you must make do in the dark; light candles and use flashlights while you save money and energy. 

Please see the “Energy Saving Ideas” & “Ideas for a Greener Lifestyle” in the bottom section of this website>>> Other sustainable living ideas include buying food from local, organic markets, weatherizing your residence, bicycling instead of driving, and using smart thermostats and home energy management systems.

For information on how switching from using toilet paper to bidets can help the environment, please see: bidetmate.com/how-eliminating-toilet-paper-helps-save-the-earth

Here is an infographic with some simple, effective, cost-efficient energy efficiency solutions:

FROM – rocketmortgage.com/green-smart-homes

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