Make it rain. Install a high-efficiency showerhead (look for the WaterSense label) and cut your family's water use by 2,900 gallons a year.Eat less meat to live green. — Photo courtesy of Barbara Dudzińska/iStock
(M)eat less. Put meat on the menu just a couple of times a week; livestock is a high contributor of greenhouse gases.
Simmer down. Bring your pasta or rice to a boil, then put a lid on the pot and turn off the stove. Your food will cook just as well, says Katie Heyhoe, author of Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen.
Clean green. Look to your kitchen cabinet for natural cleaning products, such as baking soda, white distilled vinegar and essential oils.
Ride slow. Drive the speed limit, avoid rapid acceleration and brake less (except when it counts!) to increase your car's fuel efficiency.
Bin cleanse. Make it a weekly ritual to clean out your refrigerator's vegetable bin and get rid of spoilage-causing bacteria.
Eco loan. Swap clothes, books, magazines and DVDs with neighbors and friends in place of buying new. Or turn to online trading sites like swap.com and bookins.com.
Drink responsibly. Forget plastic and refresh your palate with a swig from a reusable metal or glass container.
Cold splash. Be good to your wallet, wardrobe and the planet by washing full loads of laundry in cold water. For an even greener punch, switch to an Energy Star washing machine that uses 20% less energy and 35% less water.
Date local. Make your love life climate-friendly by moving closer to your sweetie. (You can tell her it was your idea!)