If you would like to make some easy changes to your every day living and help both the environment and your pocket book, then you have come to the right place. These easy to do tips will make a difference.

1. If you have children in school and pack their lunches, pack them in reusable containers. By cutting down on things like aluminum foil, plastic wrap,paper bags and aluminum cans you will reduce the amount of garbage trucked to the landfill. When buying pre-packaged items, look for packages that can be composted.

2. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. While they cost more, in the long run they will save on the electric bill and last much longer. Also when leaving a room, be sure to turn out the lights. When not in use, tv's,computer's, stereo's and other electric items should be turned off.

3. Turn off tap water while you brush your teeth or shave. You will save between two and three gallons of water.

4. Use a warm wash and cold rinse when laundering clothes. The majority of energy used when washing clothes goes to heating the water. If you use colder water, you use less energy.

5.Use an electric kettle to boil water. A kettle uses less energy than boiling water on top of the stove.

6.Fix leaking taps, pipes and toilets. They can waste significant amounts of water.

7.Use rechargeable batteries in toys and electronic equipment. Be sure to take the batteries to a recycle depot when they no longer hold a charge.

8.Take your own bags when grocery shopping. Use canvas bags or reuse the plastic ones you already have. Most larger grocery and retail stores have a recycle bin for your plastic bags you no longer need.

9. Compost your food scraps instead of throwing them out. This leads to less garbage and as a bonus your composted food will turn into rich, fertile soil to be used on your lawn or in your garden.

10.Try to buy locally. Not only does this save energy, but it helps the local economy. Nothing tastes better than a warm loaf of bread or some super fresh vegetables or fruits produced locally.

11. Buy in bulk as it uses less packaging and is cheaper.

12.Volunteer in an organized cleanup of a local park, playground or schoolyard. If there is no organized group doing something like that, start one on your own.

13.Walk, ride your bike or take a bus to destinations close to you. This will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air.

14.When cutting your grass use an electric lawn mower to reduce emissions.

The above tips require very little lifestyle changes. If you begin to think green, you will be able to think of many other ways to reduce energy, waste and inturn save money in the future. Think green, be green.