- CHARITY BENEFIT
1. Plant an herb garden. Not only will you gain important C2O but the herbs will enhance everything you eat.
2. Switch all your light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use 25% less than standard bulbs and last 105 times longer. If every home in NYC replaced 75% of their regular light bulbs, we would have enough energy to run the cities’ subways and light all the train stations.
3. Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles. Then watch The Story of Bottled Water, a short movie about the bottled water phenomena.
4. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot. It will also make your clothes last longer.
5. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
6. Enjoy natural light and save on the use of turning on lights.
7. Walk or ride a bike. It will save on those pricy metro-cards and you will lose weight.
8. Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market. I love Styles on 52 between 8th and 9th.
9. Turn off your computer completely at night.
10. Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.
11. Pay as many bills as possible online. You’ll save the postage.
12. Put a stop to unsolicited mail — sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers. While you’re at it, go ahead and make sure you’re on the “do not call” list, just to make your life more peaceful.
13. Reuse scrap paper. Print on two sides, or use the other side for notes.
14. Subscribe to eco-friendly blogs. My favorites are The Daily Green, TreeHugger, and Simple Organic.
15. Make your own household cleaners. Lavender oil and baking soda get rid of odors and make your home smell yummy.
16. Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
17. Switch to paperless bank, phone and electricity. You can save $1.00 on most accounts.
18. Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.
19. Switch to shade-grown coffee with the “Fair Trade” label.
20. Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Save more and recycle by making rags out of old towels and t-shirts.
21. Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and open your eyes to the way conventional food is processed. Watch Food, Inc. while you’re at it.
22. Donate to – and shop at – thrift stores such as Goodwill and Housing Works. It’s good for the soul to find a bargain.
23. Learn about rebates and other incentives to save you money and energy.
24. Seal drafty windows and doors. Not only does it keep the cold out in the winter but the heat out in the summer.
25. Switch to green power. If 10% of New Yorkers did, it would reduce the state’s carbon dioxide emissions by about three billion pounds. Now that is an awesome thought.