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What Would Oprah Do?

I was totally bored today hard at work as usual when I stumbled across a few fabulous notes on superior Green Living from the Nest.com

 

In regards to superior living, these are some excellent solutions that I was too busy on people.com to even consider! This is right along with Oprah’s challenge (except we aren’t allowed to buy anything this week so the new light bulbs and organic recycled toilet paper will have to wait.

 

I also seriously think this article is suggesting that we all go to Starbucks and buy a brand new coffee mug! And we can buy a new bag so we aren’t using plastic ones! I love this article!

 

Strategy 1

Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs use two-thirds less energy and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

The Payoff: If Americans replaced just one bulb in their homes, it would save enough energy to light 2.5 million homes in one year and prevent an amount of greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of 800,000 cars.

Strategy 2

Bring your own mug to Starbucks. You’ll get a 10-cent discount, and it’s one less paper cup to end up in a landfill. While you’re there, pick up some free bags of spent coffee grounds to use as “green” fertilizer in your garden.

The Payoff: You won’t create more waste by throwing away a cup, and you can start growing carbon dioxide-eating plants au naturel.

Strategy 3

Save water. Run the dishwasher only when it’s full and don’t prerinse dishes (a waste of time, water, and energy). But the real water drain is the shower — take shorter ones (and take them together!).

The Payoff: By skipping prerinse, you’ll save 200 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released and $40 a year. And by taking shorter showers, you’ll conserve 350 pounds of CO2 and keep about $100 in your pocket each year.

Strategy 4

Turn off your computer. When in standby mode, your PC is still using energy. In fact, 75 percent of electricity used in your home comes from electronics that are turned off. Stop this phantom electro rush by plugging your computer into a power strip and shutting the strip down completely at the end of the day. Also, remove your iPod, digital camera, and phone chargers from outlets when not in use.

The Payoff: Turning off a 75-watt monitor for 40 hours a week might only save $4.38 a month, but it reduces CO2 (greenhouse gas emissions) by 750 pounds, burning 450 fewer pounds of coal each year!

Strategy 6

Reuse plastic bags. Instead of chucking 100 billion plastic sacks a year (wow!), try and get a second, third, or tenth use out of them. Tote your lunch to work or your groceries home in them, or at least use them as garbage bags. Better yet, next time you shop, try a reusable bag. Learn how at reusablebags.com.  

The Payoff: You’re reducing pollution. The amount of oil it would take to make just 14 plastic bags would run your car for one mile.

Strategy 8

Use recycled paper…in the bathroom. Most of the TP we use is made from virgin trees found in forests previously untouched by humans. Seeing as trees absorb carbon dioxide, we’d get better use from them living than we would as a roll in the powder room.

The Payoff: If every household in America replaced one roll of toilet paper with a recycled postconsumer waste roll, 424,000 trees would still be standing. Look for eco paper towels and napkins too. If every household used recycled napkins, we would spare one million trees.

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