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Just about everywhere you turn these days, you hear or see messages about living greener. In fact, the policy arena is so packed with different ways to get the energy we need to fuel our lifestyles in a more ecologically-sensitive manner that it's a big bowl of mush for most Americans. It's almost as if there is too much green information, but none of it makes practical sense on how they can live greener and live better.

To cut through the information overload, we offer a few of the more popular ideas on how regular folks can make a difference and live greener. Most will have a beneficial effect on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but all will allow us to live better with nature.


Among the dozen suggestions for individuals to consider to make a difference in their households:

  • Change your lightbulbs
  • Recycle
  • Conserve water
  • Eat locally
  • Be smarter with your transportation
  • Buy green power
  • Conduct an energy audit
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances
  • Check the thermostat
  • Compost waste
  • Plant trees

To learn more about each of the above suggestions, click here to read the full chapter on better green living.

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