GET VOICE MAIL SERVICE FOR YOUR HOME PHONE
If all answering machines in U.S. homes were replaced by voice mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly 2 billion kilowatt-hours. The resulting reduction in air pollution would be equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road for a year!
TURN OFF THE TAP WHILE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH
You'll conserve up to five gallons of water per day. Throughout the entire United States, the daily savings could add up to more water than is consumed every day in all of New York City.
You will find me trying to shift a habit every day and trying to add in something new every day that will make a difference. The good news is that we're not alone anymore. Every day I see another business going green and making it just a little bit easier for us, the consumer, to move through our daily routines that much more efficiently and effectively. When I started, I had to write a book to find my own answers. Now, you can actually walk down the aisles of almost any supermarket and see several "more good" choices for the planet on the shelf. And we are just at the beginning of this thought process and starting to show people how easy and important being green really is. How can you say no when it's just as easy to say yes to the right choice? That's why.
Elizabeth Rogers is co-author of The Green Book and the creator of the environment- and money-saving program, Shift Your Habit.