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With all this talk about global warming, reducing your footprint, sustainability, and renewable energy, what does it mean to “Go Green”?US Green Solutions

To “Go Green” means taking action to care for where you live, both on a local and global level. It means to live a lifestyle where decisions are made in part based on their impact on the environment. Okay, you might be thinking “I’m just one person, how can I make a difference in such a big world?," or “This sounds easy, but where do I start?”

Let’s look at the first question, “How can I make a difference?”

There are 1000’s of things you can do, ranging from a one-time action to a significant lifestyle change. Let’s start with simple and move our way up.

- Replace one standard light bulb in your home with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). A CFL bulb costs about three times more, however lasts ten times longer and uses about 75% less energy. If every home in America changed one light bulb,Compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) photo: http://www.ipaa.org/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/cfl_bulb_mercury3.jpg we would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to about 800,000 cars.

- The average person uses over 2 gallons of water per minute in the shower. Shorten your shower by five minutes and save over 300 gallons per month.

- It takes a millennium for a plastic bottle to biodegrade. Invest in a filter that attaches to your faucet and use a refillable aluminum water bottle.

- Think paperless. The average American consumes more than 700 pounds of paper each year. Here are several ways to cut back: only print emails that are absolutely critical and use both sides of the paper when it is necessary, use dish towels instead of paper towels, cut used paper into smaller pieces to be used for scrap paper, notes, etc., and bring your own bags to the grocery store.

- Go solar. Every day the sun produces enough energy to power the earth for a year. Harness the power of the sun by going solar and producing your own energy.

Now for the second question, “Where do I start?”

The answer is simple, wherever you want. Just get started and make a difference.

US Green Solutions provides energy procurement services, makes buildings more energy efficient, and provides solar technology and roofing services. For more information, visit them at http://www.usgreensolutions.com  or call 856-452-1325.

Bulb Photo: http://www.ipaa.org/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/cfl_bulb_mercury3.jpg