1. Re-route your commute Walk or bike to work and save money on gas and parking while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.If you live far from your office, investigate the option of telecommuting. Or move closer—even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term. If your streets are not conducive to biking or walking, lobby your municipal government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes.
2. Buy used Whether you’ve just moved to a new area or are looking to redecorate, consider to track down furniture, appliances, and other items, rather than buying them new. Check out garage sales and thrift stores for clothing and other everyday items. Use your creativity in gift giving, including making homemade gifts, donating to a good cause, or even regifting.
3. Buy local Shop at your local farmers’ market. Though the offerings can be more expensive, you can generally count on a higher quality product—and the entire purchase price goes directly to the farmer.
4. Compost your food scraps. In the process, you create free, healthy fertilizer for your garden.
5. Change the thermostat setting and install energy saving devices. Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer can translate to substantial savings on your utility bills. When incandescent bulbs burn out, replace them with longer-lasting, low-energy compact fluorescent bulbs
6. Skip the bottled water at the grocery or convenience store Filter your tap water for drinking rather than using bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it produces large amounts of container waste.
7. Make your own cleaning supplies Using simple ingredients such as baking soda, soap, and vinegar, you can make cheap, easy, and non-toxic cleaning products that really work!
8. Think twice about new electronics. E-waste from discarded cell phones and computers is a growing environmental problem. Mounds of electronic refuse are being shipped abroad illegally for ‘disassembly’ by workers with little protection against the mercury and other toxic substances they contain. Keep your electronics as long as possible and dispose of them responsibly when the time comes.
9. Add one meatless meal per week While strict vegetarianism isn’t for everyone, even the most devout carnivores can cut back on meat consumption without cramping their style—and save money in the process. Industrial meat production requires huge energy inputs and creates noxious waste problems.
10. Use your local library and other public amenities Borrowing from libraries, instead of buying personal books and movies, saves money and printing resources. Consider donating the money saved to your local library
11. Reduce prinitng waste Gartner Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, estimates that businesses spend between 1-3% of their revenue on printing expenses. Implement ECM software (Electronic ontent Management) to promote electronic documentation and sharing. Less paper is used and wasted as a result. Use duplex/two-sided modes on your output devices as much as possible to reduce the amount of paper used.