Courtesy of Subject
In Your Yard
Plant a tree. Sounds trite, doesnt it? But by replacing grass with bushes and trees, youre reducing the need for gas-guzzling and polluting mowers, providing oxygen to the environment, and removing carbon dioxide. Add to that the habitats you provide for birds and small animals, and you cant beat the tree plan.
Compost. You can do your own personal recycling of all your vegetable debris, leaves, old cut flowers, grass clippings, and newspapers. You really dont need the wheelbarrow, hoses, sprayers, pitchforks, shovels, rakes, and screens that some experts tell you to buy. In fact, nature will take care of itself quite nicely. You can put the plant material in a hole in your backyard, or you can buy or build a box. Throw in a little dirt and let the rain and your neighborhood worms do the work. After a few months, your compost will be the perfect material to nourish your newly planted Christmas tree.
For Your Electronics
Save energy Unplug unused appliances. The newer computers are great at saving energy in the "sleep" mode, but make sure yours has an EPA Energy Star label. This tells you your trusty old computer isnt burning unnecessary fuel. If you have a less efficient model, turn it off after using it. And think about buying an energy-saving Smart Strip by BITS Limited. This gem automatically shuts off your printer and other devices when you turn off your computer. Your printer is among the most wasteful appliances in your home.
Use rechargeable batteries. Save money and keep landfills clear of toxic batteries. Todays chargers are more powerful and faster than the old ones. And dont forget to recycle dead batteries.
With Your Car
Be efficient. You may not be in the market for a hybrid, but you can save some energy with the wheels you have in more subtle ways. Keep your tires properly inflated to improve your gas mileage. And ease up on the road rage, wouldya? Not only will it hurt your heart, but it will also hurt your gas mileage. Hard braking, fast acceleration, and speeding can cut gas mileage by a third. On the flip side, cruise control can help you save gas.
This material came to you from YOU: Being Beautiful, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.