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10 Steps to Help You “Go Green”

There is a tremendous amount of information about going green on the news, television shows, and coming from corporate America. So how do you decide if “green” is right for you? Simple, do you like to save money, want to do less to maintain your home, want to use fewer resources to achieve the same goals? If you answered yes, then you are ready to go green. There are simple things that you can do to get started. Here are 10 steps to help you “go green.”
  1. Turn off the overhead lights and use lamps. Even better use LED or CFL bulbs.
  2. Use rechargeable batteries.
  3. Adjust your fridge temp to 37 degrees and your freezer to 0 degrees. While you’re at it, turn your thermostat back 1 degree.
  4. Recycle – it cost more to send something to a landfill than it does to recycle it. Do your locality a favor, don’t put it in the trash can.
  5. Print on both sides of the page.
  6. Fix any drips and install aerator on your faucets.
  7. Carpool or plan your trips to minimize driving – or even better, walk.
  8. Use reusable grocery bags – this will reduce the overhead of your favorite places to shop which will reduce their need to raise prices.
  9. Unplug or use a power strip – a television draws as much electricity turned off as a 60 watt light bulb does turned on.
  10. Shop local for everything from your food to your architect! Less driving is good on the pocketbook and putting money back into your local economy makes your community stronger.

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About the Author
My name is Charles Hendricks and I am an architect, Rotarian, and father living in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. I design projects of all types and styles (residential, multi-family, office, commercial, industrial, new construction, renovation, modern, traditional, contemporary) for a variety of clients. There is no project too small or too large, if you value design, I am thrilled to help.
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