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This story is part of Earth911’s “Green Eight” series, where we showcase eight ways to green your life in various areas.

Over the past year, we have been adding to our 8 Ways series on a regular basis. So, we thought it might be a good time to take a breather and look back at some of the previous stories that topped the list.

If you missed any of these, now is the perfect time to get up to speed. If you want to see more of our 8 Ways from the past, check out their archive. And as always, keep an eye out each week for the newest 8 Ways – hot off the presses.

1. Green Your Home

Green your home by changing out incandescents for CFL bulbs. CFLs are four times more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than incandescents. Photo: Easygreenliving.info

Green your home - CFLs are 4 times more efficient & last up to 10 times longer than incandescents. Photo: Easygreenliving.info

These house tips really get you in-the-know, from energy and water use to composting and recycling. These are the basics for getting your home, and everyone in it, on the fast track to eco-awareness.

2. Green Your Recycling

Though it may seem pretty cut and dry, recycling can have its challenges, as well as its not-so-planet-friendly nuances. This list makes sure that your efforts are doing all that they can, as well answers some burning questions, like “what in the world is pre-cycling anyways?”

3. Green Your Technology

With 70 percent of the toxic waste in landfills being generated from electronics, it is no surprise that reducing that number is a priority on our list. Electronics are always in demand and have short lifespans for a lot of consumers. Before you toss your TV in the trash, check out these tips and start planning before your next upgrade.

4. Green Your Battery Use

These little power generators are in almost everything now-a-days, so knowing what kind to get, getting the most out of them and where to put them when they are spent is a must. Though the chemicals that make up single-use batteries have changed over time, recycling them is still an important step.

Looking to save some dough? Earth911.com estimates that you can save at least $120 by taking public transportation. Photo: AZrail.org

Looking to save some dough? Earth911.com estimates that you can save at least $120 annually by taking public transportation. Photo: AZrail.org

5. Go Green and Save Hundreds

How does saving $762.30 a year sound? Regardless of what the economy looks like, saving cash goes hand in hand with saving the planet. We crunched some numbers to really drive the point home.

6. Practice Product Stewardship

Though you might not be familiar with this term, product stewardship is just a fancy way of talking about consumer responsibility. It is one thing to recycle a bottle and another altogether to think about where a bottle comes from before you even purchase it. This 360° approach to products can really help reduce your waste output and elevate your eco-consciousness to the next level.

7. Green Your Paper Use

It’s at the office, the store, school and home. Paper use is a huge part of daily life and so is paper waste. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly a trillion sheets of paper are tossed within a day of being printed. These steps will help you to cut down and clean up.

8. Green Your Kitchen

It is the heart of most homes. Both conversations and meals are created in this space and keeping it green should be a priority. With 32 percent of your waste stream coming from packaging alone (a lot of this from the kitchen), this one is as simple as peas and carrots – and can make a big difference.

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