8 SIMPLE TIPS FOR BEING BE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

8 tips for being be more eco-friendly
You really don't have to change your lifestyle radically to have a positive impact on the environment. We've compiled a short list of easy and practical ways that will help you on your way to eco-friendliness.

1. Plant trees in your yard and community

Everyone knows that planting trees can help the environment. Trees trap CO2 emissions, minimizing the effects of global warming. They also have many other benefits. Trees cool your home, reducing the energy needed to cool the house. Trees also reduce urban runoff and capture dust particles from the air. Trees also reduce noise pollution. The list of benefits goes on and on!

2. Check your tyres

Regularly check to make sure your tyres are adequately inflated. This preserves the life of the tyres and saves gas, which ultimately saves money – as well as the environment.

3. Go "mostly organic" in your lawn and garden

Using organic gardening products and techniques is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. You don't necessarily have to go 100 percent organic either. Try out a few organic pesticides or fertilizers and see what works for you! By going mostly organic in your garden, you'll help to stimulate beneficial soil organisms, reduce harmful waste water runoff, and create a healthier place for your pets and children to play.

4. Make laundry more eco-friendly

An easy way to clean green is to turn the dial on your washing machine to cold. Most loads don't need hot water, and 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you and the planet. Only do full loads of washing. Dry your clothes outside when it's good weather and dry them indoors clothes when it's not so good.

5. Turn off lights and electronic devices when you're not using them

We all know it's important to turn off the lights when you leave a room to save energy. How about turning off your T.V., radio, computer, etc.? We're not talking about simply turning the off switch. Many electrical appliances continue to use a small amount of energy when turned "off". This energy will add up over time.

6. Don't rinse

Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you're saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.

7. Go vegetarian once a week

One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforests, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.

8. Recycle old cell phones

The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes.