Green Living: 10 Tips Under $10 (Volume 2)

Another installment in our 10 under $10 series.   As i talked about in yesterday’s post….how simple?? I mean #9 is buy a plant!!…..that i can do.  Love the planet; embrace these tips:

1. If you live in Utah, sign up for Blue Sky Energy Credits by Rocky Mountain Power.  When you sign up for 1 block of energy credits, that reduces your carbon footprint by 1,462 pounds of carbon dioxide which is the equivalent of driving your car 1,423 miles.

2. Change your furnace filter and your car filter.  This will keep your furnace and car running at maximum efficiency and help with indoor air quality.

3. Be package conscious.  If you have a choice between something with a lot of plastic packaging and something without, well, it’s not really a choice is it?

4. Check the tire pressure on your car.  Low tire pressure can kill your fuel efficiency.

5. If you buy coffee, make sure it’s shade grown. One cup of shade grown coffee saves roughly 2.3 square feet of rainforest per cup.  Non shade grown coffee grown after native vegetation and rainforest has been destroyed.

6. Wash your clothes in cold water and only when they really need it.  Cold water saves 2 pounds of CO2 per load.

7. Buy recycled products.  Buying recycled means you’ll consume 55% less energy for paper, 33% less for glass and a whopping 90% less for aluminum.

8. This is a $10 tip if you can find a $10 push mower at a yardsale.  Some two stroke gas mowers spew as many pollutants as 40 cars.

9. Buy a plant for your office.  They improve air quality, absorb toxic gasses from office equipment and maintain humidity.

10. Pay your bills online.  If everyone switched to online banking, we’d cut 1.6 billion tons of waste and 2.1 million tons of CO2 per year.


About Nicole DiMauro

i am the *intern* for this green earth, a lively talk radio show on KPCW 91.9 FM about environmental issues & green living. download or listen live tuesday mornings at 9 am at
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