Some easy ways to help save the planet include avoiding bottled water, taking shorter showers, buying products produced locally and adjusting the thermostat. Other ways include buying second-hand instead of new goods, properly maintaining a vehicle, eating less meat and biking or walking to work.
Plastic water bottles take thousands of years to decompose, so a reusing a container and filling it with tap water helps the environment while saving money. Every minute of reduction in the time of a shower saves 10 gallons of water. Buying products produced locally reduces the quantity of fossil fuels necessary to transport goods long distances. Adjusting the thermostat, or installing a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the setting based on hours spent away from home, reduces the quantity of fossil fuels used to produce electricity while saving money.
Many second hand stores, such as Goodwill and Salvation Army, sell good, usable items at significant savings; buying used items reduces the energy and other resources necessary to produce new goods. Maintaining a vehicle properly, such as with regular tune-ups and replacement of air and fuel filters, reduces the amount of fuel burned and emissions produced while saving money on fuel. Eating less meat has substantial positive effects on the environment and on one's wallet and health; it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Biking or walking to work reduces pollutants such as carbon dioxide by about a pound per mile.