Learning how to be green is a worthwhile yet oftentimes intimidating endeavor, but you truly can begin with just a few simple steps. Now that you’re aware of some ways to go green at home, it should be a bit easier to adopt some of the following green habits while you’re out and about.

Tips for Going Green While on the Go

  1. On the goWalk or ride a bike to work and when running errands. If that’s not possible, carpool or use public transportation, even if it’s just a couple days a week.

  2. Keep your tires inflated to the recommended psi for your vehicle. Driving on underinflated tires reduces fuel economy because it increases resistance and requires your vehicle to work harder to move.

  3. Don’t speed. Speeding intensifies the wind’s resistance against your vehicle, meaning your car has to burn more fuel to maintain speed.

  4. Avoid idling. It actually wastes more fuel than just turning your car off and back on, and it unnecessarily pollutes the air. Idling doesn’t do you any favors in the winter either; the best, quickest, and most efficient way to warm a vehicle up is by driving it, not letting it run in the driveway.

  5. Use reusable shopping bags. If you’re prone to forget them at home, store them in your car so they’ll always be close by when you’re out.

Easy Ways to Be Green at Work

  1. At workToss the Styrofoam and plastic. Invest in mugs and reusable water bottles instead, and limit the use of paper plates and plastic utensils.

  2. Shut down your work computer before leaving for the day, or at least set it to hibernate.

  3. Don’t print unnecessarily, and consider printing on both sides of the paper, particularly if a document is not being sent outside the company.

  4. Pare down the need to print by storing files and other information electronically. Additionally, opt for sending an email or chatting with colleagues in person rather than sending print copies and paper memos.

  5. Take advantage of opportunities to work from home. It’s a win-win for the environment, you, and your employer—there’s less pollution, you spend less on fuel and car maintenance, and your company saves on energy costs.

There are countless ways to go green, but as with all lifestyle changes, baby steps are the best way to get there. If you add one or two of these tips to your routine each week, you’ll be well on your way to helping protect the environment and saving money—the two often go hand in hand. Also, don’t forget to consider eco-friendly contractors next time you need home services; many Best Pick companies offer green options.

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