1. Living things can move, but non-living things cannot. 2. Energy is required by living things, while non-livings do not require energy. 3. Living things are capable of growth, reproduction and death. 4. Non-living things are non-motile, but living things can move around. 5. Living things respire; non-living things do not respire. 6. Living things adapt to the surroundings and respond to stimulus.