- turning off a light whenever I don't need it
- shutting off my monitor if I'm not in my computer room
- turning off my entire computer if I know I won't be using it for awhile, etc.
The more conscious efforts and noticeable changes in myself are also very cheap.
- Replacement of all of my lightbulbs with energy efficient bulbs. There's no reason not to. You spend a couple more dollars originally, but the bulbs last *much* longer, emit a cleaner, whiter light, and use about 1/5 of the wattage. You don't have to buy bulbs as often, your electric bill goes down, and therefore you are SAVING money. So spend the extra $2.
- To keep down costs that it *takes* to recycle, I generally liked to reuse my plastic bags. They became garbage bags or otherwise useful. However, My dog is fully trained, I'm now addicted to vanilla scented garbage bags, and I notice I have many extra plastic bags. More than I could use for any incidentals. So one last time I'm going to make a trip to Publix to shove my plastic bags into their big green "recycle your plastic bags here" container. Sooooo...
- I bought canvas bags! Publix sells their green bags for $1.49 each. I now have ten. I figure that's enough to handle a fairly large shopping trip. I'll keep them in my car and intend to use the bags instead of the plastic or paper whenever I shop.
D: So you are going to avoid using paper and plastic... in order... to buy things... that are all encased in either paper or plastic. Maybe you can have them pour food directly in your bag, or carry some soup in your hands or something.
Melissa: Every little bit helps! I used to be like you, and I never understood why people would order high-calorie meals and then diet drinks. A friend of mine explained it to me very simply, "If I got a regular coke, it'd be 200 calories more." Every small change can make a much larger impact.