How to Be “Greener”

There are many ways for everyone to be more environmentally-friendly.  It is not as hard as one might initially think. First, one should always focus on the following three principles: reduce; reuse and recycle.  This means that whatever can be reduced that could be detrimental to the environment should be (such as one-time use paper goods); whatever can be reused (if you do have to buy paper or aluminum foil goods, see if they can be reused) and then, at all times, recycle (paper, plastic bottles, etc. – most neighborhoods make this very easy these days). Second, try to reduce energy – that means insulating your house well in the winter (to save on heating bills) and ensuring your air-conditioning units are cleaned well so that they are more efficient for use in the summer.  Third, use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of regular light bulbs and make a saving of around $30 over the life of the bulb.
When it comes to driving, one should look into ways to increasing other modes of travel (such as walking or cycling) to reduce the emissions that are the result of driving.  For those times when you do have to drive, look into carpooling options.  In addition, there are many more energy-efficient products available these days than there were just a few years ago.  Look out for kinder-to-the-environment home appliances; smarter cars, etc.  And try to avoid excessive packaging on new products too.