40 Ways You Can Save the Environment

The purpose of this article is to provide 40 simple ways you can conserve energy and reduce toxicity in your home and office.  By implementing these practices you will be “doing your part” to save the environment.


At the end

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of the list, I have provided 13 GREAT websites that you can visit to buy products and get more information about making your life more “green”.  Your actions DO make a difference:

1. Turn off unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time

2. Once your cell phone is charged, unplug it from the charger!

3. Set your refrigerator temperature at 36 to 38 and your freezer at 0 to 5

4. When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25 to 30 every time you open the door 

5. Unplug seldom used appliances


6. Purchase appliances and office equipment with the Energy Star Label; old refrigerators, for example, use significant more energy than newer models

7. Turn down or shut off your water heater when you will be away for extended periods

8. Use electric appliances only when you need them

9. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.

10. Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work

11. Replace old windows with energy efficient ones

12. Use cold water instead of warm or hot water when possible

13. Buy green electricity – electricity produced by low – or even zero-pollution facilities


14. Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary (e.g. old thermometers)

15. Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals

16. Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider alternatives like baking soda, scouring pads, water

17. Use traps instead of rat and mouse poisons and insect killers

18. Have your home tested for radon

19. Minimize pesticide use

20. Turn off computers and other appliances when not in use

21. Copy and print on both sides of paper

22. Reuse items like envelopes, folders and paper clips

23. Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence

24. Use recycled paper


25. Use discarded paper for scrap paper

26. Encourage your school and/or company to print documents with soy-based inks, which are less toxic

27. Telecommute!

28. Purchase radial tires and keep them properly inflated for your vehicle

29. Walk or ride your bike instead of driving, whenever possible

30. Join a carpool to get to work


31. Check and fix any water leaks

32. Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets

33. Don’t wash dishes with the water running continuously

34. Install a low-flow shower head

35. Replace old toilets with new ones that use a lot less water

36. Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient (about 33 of what we throw away is packaging) 

37. Use reusable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones

38. Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and wrap

39. Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags

40. Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently

Visit these fantastic websites for more information about what you can do to save the environment:

Fixing the Planet– Site for everything “green”

Alliance for Climate Protection– engaged in an unprecedented public education campaign on both the urgency and the solvability of the climate crisis

Gaiam– lifestyle company which sells wide variety of “green” products


Organic and Natural Experiences– travels the country educating the nation about the benefits of incorporating organic, natural, and eco-friendly products into your lifestyle, as well as introducing you to the leading cause companies in these segments

The Green Guide– consumers’ go-to source for eco-product reviews, environmental health information, and green living advice

Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability– a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice

World Changing– Great all-encompassing blog with information about the global sustainability movement

Environmental Health News– A clearinghouse of recent scientific studies health to environmental factors

Safer Products– helps you identify healthier products for your home

Environmental Working Group– provides up-to-date information on toxins and how best to avoid them

Less Lawn– tips and advise on growing low-maintenance lawns and creating sustainable landscapes

Seventh Generation– leading brand of non-toxic household products designed for people who want environmentally friendly cleaning products and chlorine

Local Cooling– fight global warming from your desktop!  Cool application

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40 Responses to “40 Ways You Can Save the Environment”

  1. asrai says:

    Number 9 and 14 are contradictory as the compact bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and need to be disposed of properly as such.

  2. Todd says:

    VERY good point Asrai; mercury in CFL’s is a concern. Some manufacturers such as Philips and GE make very low-mercury content CFLs. In 2007, Philips claimed its Master TL-D Alto range to have the lowest mercury content of any CFL on the market, at 2mg…so look out for high quality products!

  3. Christine says:

    What? No mention of the absolute best way to benefit the environment? Reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet, of course. The production of animals for our use causes tremendous damage to the environment, contributes more to global warming than the CO2 from automobiles, wastes precious resources, and on and on.

    Of course there’s always the added benefits of improving your health and reducing the suffering of animals.

  4. Todd says:

    GREAT points Christine, thanks!

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  6. peanut says:

    nice points u guys

  7. Todd says:

    Thanks for sharing peanut, good to hear from you1

  8. bob glivin says:

    these are great helpful tips

  9. Todd says:

    Thanks Bob!!

  10. SHIRLEY says:


  11. Todd says:

    Thanks so much Shirley….that is GREAT that this article was so impactful that you will use it for your school. This is the very point of the article (and the whole site for that matter: spreading awareness!

    Great stuff, and thank you…

  12. genica=) says:

    i suggest to spend some time doing some community service projects.let’s volunteer with our city or country for planting trees,park projects,etc…but the easiest thing to do is litter pickup

  13. roby says:

    is that so….genica=) ???

  14. genica=) says:

    why don’t we spend some time doing some community service projects.we can volunteer with our city,state or country for planting trees,park projects,,but i think the easiest thing to do is litter pickup..am i right-guys?????
    is anybody there???

    • segaran says:

      a good point genica, we must make efforts among st our local community to organize frequent clean ups of our surroundings to promote a greener environment!

  15. ella says:

    help the environment with every possible way

  16. fitri says:

    it is a good to save the environment. hope we can do it together.

  17. Asha says:

    good efforts,helpful information.

  18. Lucie marsh says:

    This website is very usefull because i had to research ways to save the environment for a school project and this wesite was really helpful adnd gave me lots of ideas :D x

  19. elma says:

    what a great website keep up the good work go green but be sure to think of humanity to thank you more power luv yah

  20. daisy says:

    thanks this will help with my homework

  21. jan says:

    excellent website it helped in my seminar thank you i encourage this website to get more useful tips on environment conservation

  22. Janine says:

    Thnx for this website for my project without this website i couldn’t do my project

  23. anastasia says:

    thank you for this website i apresiate all the iinformatiomn and nation

  24. reree says:

    this information is really helpful if somebody want to save and help the planet and they will be really thankful like i am. thenk you very much for this awesome site

  25. Asia says:

    these ways are helpful for school project. JK XD

  26. abdul basith says:

    Thanks and nice.This will help to do my project.Anyway Thanks
    By Abdul Basith

  27. cherry tree 1911 says:

    I’m teaching my kids to be environmentally responsible. I want them to be aware of the impact they have on our planet and that if just one person takes the time they can make a difference. My daughter recently told a family friend that if he wasn’t going to watch his televison that he needed to turn it off. I have shown my kids your suggestions and I guess it stuck.

  28. Syed Mustafa Haaris says:

    This will help me with my homework
    Thanks for the points


  29. shivika says:

    thanks it is helpful to do my project.

  30. greenbean says:

    contradicting yourself in this list.

    you say to remove mercury from your house and then later you say to buy compact fluorescents, which contain mercury.

    I also recently found out soda and pop usually contain a very small amount of mercury. strange.

  31. sanjana says:

    thanks.this helped me and now i am saved by my teacher

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  34. tom newman says:

    hi thanks for the info. helped with geog hwk

  35. Kristen Stewart says:

    Great job!
    Mr. Todd…

  36. Bill says:

    Some other ways are burying your bio-degradable trash instead of throwing it away. For example, burying food. It’s good for your plants.

  37. riz says:

    we all should be together to keep the environment clean

  38. Aditya Gupta says:

    in 19 it has been mentioned that we should minimize the use of pesticides but from my point of view, we should not only minimize the use of pesticides but also minimized the use of insecticides

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