Going green is tough for most people because they have been bombarded with so many choices they want to scream.  To start out, keep it simple.

But if you’re a college student or someone qho doesn’t care to find out, here are some ways.  I got this from an article on The 20 green tips from topcollegesonline.com.  So it’s the best of the lazy college student getting it done!!!  Here’s a sampling of them..

  1. Choose soap wisely: Most soaps on the market are heavy with fragrances and chemicals, like petroleum, that have been proven harmful to the environment. The worst offenders are anti-bacterial soaps, which contain chemicals the EPA identifies as pesticides.
  2. Buy natural cleaning products: They’re composed of natural and biodegradable ingredients, and not harsh chemicals like chlorine and phosphates.
  3. Wash clothes in cold water: It’s all done with just the turn of a knob.
  4. Wait between washes: If you take your time it still gets done!!
  5. Take shorter showers, use a low-flow showerhead: It’ll lower the cost of your water bill as you use more than 50 percent less water during each shower.
  6. Do the toilet tank trick: Just fill a half-liter bottle of water and insert it into your toilet tank and voila! You’ll be doing your part with each trip to the bathroom.
  7. Adjust your thermostat, barely: A one degree difference in temperature is hardly noticeable, so don’t hesitate to lower your thermostat by one degree during the winter and increase it by one degree during the summer. You don’t have to expend much of your own energy to reduce your home’s energy consumption.
  8. Use energy-efficient LED light bulbs: The use of LED bulbs will result in less energy consumed. Also, these bulbs last much longer than regular bulbs, meaning bulb-changing will be one chore you’ll worry about less frequently.
  9. Use a smart power strip: A smart power strip prevents the use of electricity by so-called “vampire” appliances and electronics when they’re turned off, stopping the waste of energy and lowering your electric bill. It’ll only take minutes for you to unplug and plug the cords around your home.
  10. Use rechargeable batteries: Improperly disposed batteries can release mercury, nickel, lead and cadmium into the environment. Stop continually buying, disposing and rebuying regular batteries; switch to rechargeable ones. Life will be easier in more ways than one.
  11. Stop using water bottles: The excessive use of water bottles results in billions piling up in landfills each year, and billions of gallons of oil used for the production of new ones. Instead of buying 24-packs during each trip to the store, purchase a durable, long-lasting bottle and fill it up with tap or filtered water.

For the entire list, please go to toponlinecolleges.com story.

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  1. Often being in college is so stressful that it is easy for students to forget about their carbon footprint. This list is a great starting point, and the more students can automate good eco-habits the better.

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