50 Practical Tips to Get Started

From NSRV Green Bible, pp 1241-1243

  1. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
     

  2. Turn up the thermostat up three degrees (in summer) and down three degrees (in winter).  In the spring and fall, open the windows as often as possible.
     

  3. Wash dishes by hand in dishpan and only run the dishwasher with a full load.  Do not use heat for the drying cycle.
     

  4. Wash clothes in the coolest water possible.
     

  5. Turn off lights, TV, music, and digital entertainment when leaving the room for any length of time.
     

  6. Take a day of rest—no shopping, no work, no driving—once a week.
     

  7. Recycle everything possible; don’t buy over packaged items.
     

  8. Donate a box of books to the library twice a year.
     

  9. Hand wash clothes instead of dry cleaning them whenever possible.
     

  10. Clean out closets and donate clothes not worn in the past year.
     

  11. Memorize one Bible verse about God’s love for creation, such as Psalm 24:1: “the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.”
     

  12. Install low-flow showerheads.   Take showers instead of baths; they use less water.
     

  13. Replace incandescent with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL).
     

  14. Clean or replace air filters throughout the house.
     

  15. Disconnect the ice machine in your freezer, especially if you have two or more.
     

  16. Unplug the TV and other electronic equipment when not in use or put them on a switched power strip.
     

  17. Donate old cell phones, computers, and printers to a good cause or recycle them.
     

  18. Plant deciduous trees along the south side of the house to save on cooling costs.
     

  19. When replacing appliances, purchase the most efficient (Energy Star), with the lowest yearly energy costs.
     

  20. …conduct an energy audit on your home and/or business and then heed the advice.
     

  21. Visit the grocery store only once each week.  Combine trips.  Carpool (or take the bus).
     

  22. Air dry laundry whenever possible.
     

  23. Avoid fast-food restaurants; pack a picnic lunch when traveling.
     

  24. Replace church light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL).  Recycle church bulletins.
     

  25. Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors to plug air leaks.
     

  26. Stock up on handkerchiefs, cloth shopping bags, and cloth napkins and kick the paper habit.
     

  27. Wait a month before buying something you “need”; when you make purchases, buy quality items that will last for many years.
     

  28.  Save unwanted catalogs and ask to be taken off their mailing lists. (Then recycle the unused catalogs).
     

  29. Set up a “share board” at church or organize a clothing exchange.
     

  30. Give away or sell anything and everything that is cluttering your life.  Donate the proceeds to charity.
     

  31. Instead of a birthday gift or funeral flowers, send a donation to charity or plant a tree or shrub in the persons honor.
     

  32. When replacing a car, consider one that gets great mileage and has low emissions,  (In Juneau consider buying an electric car which has zero emissions).
     

  33. Organize a paint swap at church or the recycling center; combine unused portions of paint and use as a primer.
     

  34. Organize a church-based public prayer event with emphasis on creation care and stewardship.
     

  35. Start a study group on what the Bible says about caring for creation.
     

  36. Hang thick or insulated curtains.  Close them at night in winter.
     

  37. Ask your children to “pare down” their toys periodically; give those gently used items to local charities or nonprofit groups (such as AWARE or Family Promise).
     

  38. Stay closer to home on your next family trip; stay home on one holiday when you usually travel.
     

  39. Avoid the use of pesticides and chemical on your lawn and garden.
     

  40. Pray for people whose forests and habitats have been destroyed by our material desires; ask God to help you become a better steward of his resources.
     

  41. Spend at least ten minutes a day in nature “being still and knowing God” – Psalm 46:10
     

  42. Cut back on soft drinks by substituting tap water at least once a day.
     

  43. Avoid covering radiators and vents with furniture or curtains; program thermostats to come on thirty minutes before you wake up or come home.
     

  44. Plant a vegetable or herb garden.
     

  45. Insulate your attic with a minimum of ten inches of insulation; insulate your hot water heater if it’s an older model.
     

  46. Write or call your city, or state representatives and ask them to consider conducting an energy audit in their offices; do the same at school and work.
     

  47. Insulate your hot water pipes; it’s easy – just clip on the foam insulation.
     

  48. Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater to the lowest setting.
     

  49. Cut food before cooking; put the lid on pans.
     

  50. Follow Grandmother’s advice:  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.