Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load.
Plus, you're saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.
Skip the Coffee Stirrer
Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers. But skipping the stirrer doesn't mean drinking your coffee black. Simply put your sugar and cream in first and then pour in the coffee, and it should be will mixed.
Use Cotton Swabs With a Paperboard Spindle
Some brands of cotton swabs have a paperboard spindle while other are made of plastic. If 10% of U.S. households switched to a paperboard spindle, the petroleum energy saved per year would be equivalent to over 150,000 gallons of gasoline.
Download Your Software
Some software comes on a compact disc, and billions of compact discs of all types are sold annually. That's a huge amount of waste, not to mention the associated packaging. Another bonus to downloading your software is that it's often available for download at a later date when you upgrade to a new computer or are attempting to recover from a crash.