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1. Unplug and turn off : Unplug any cords that aren’t being used—cell phones, toaster, coffee makers. When you’re not using electronics such as computers, TV or a stereo, shut them down.
2. Pay bills online: Sign up for electronic billing so you can ditch the paper bills (as well as the energy that’s expended printing those bills and getting them to you!).
4. Shop with reusable bags: Pick up a few cloth bags to keep in your car for shopping trips.
5. Wash in cold: When doing laundry, wash your clothes in cold water.
6. Carpool or use public transportation: Have some other neighborhood kids who can ride together to school? Or how about traveling to work? See if you can work out a plan for carpooling or check out your public transportation schedule.
7. Buy a bottle: Plastic water bottles make a lot of waste. Buy a bottle you can keep reusing for your water.
8. Junk the junk: Get off of junk mail lists!
9. Turn off the water: While brushing your teeth, turn off water. Get your children in the habit of doing this as well.
10. Pass it on: Teach your children to care for the environment. Model green lifestyle choices together such as recycling, composting, walking or carpooling, turning off lights, and reusing!