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You're aware of the importance of recycling, reusing, and reducing but you've not yet embraced it as a lifestyle. You probably recycle what you can and when it's convenient. Start looking for ways to be green in other parts of your life.

Here are a few tips that a Green Machine like you could make part of your life:

  1. Think green on every purchase. Is it an item that will not hurt the environment? Even better, is it a product that will help the environment?
  2. When it comes to recycling, make sure you know exactly what products you can safely discard. Packaging from hazardous and toxic products can be of danger to your loved ones.
  3. Increase shade. Three properly positioned trees can shade and cool your home, reducing typical household energy consumption by $100 to $250 annually, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  4. Rideshare. Cut annual gasoline consumption in half and reduce auto maintenance costs, such as tire replacement and oil changes. The average commuter can save almost $1,900 per year by carpooling!
  5. Use refillable razors, pens, and lighters, as well as washable utensils that often last longer than their disposable counterparts.
  6. Start buying products from your local wholesaler. This cuts down on superfluous packaging.
  7. Stop wasting gasoline -- lighten your load. An extra 100 pounds in your trunk can reduce fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
  8. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. A small leak that loses one drop per second can create 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of wasted water per year, and leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day.
  9. Avoid aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking) that wastes gas. These actions can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.
  10. In the winter, turn your thermostat down to 68 degrees or below. Reduce the setting to 55 degrees before going to sleep or when leaving for the day. For each 1 degree you turn down the thermostat in the winter, you'll save up to 5 percent on your heating costs.

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