Going green can be done in many different ways, the prices range from free to fairly expensive. But the overall picture is saving this amazing planet. Why throw our hard earned money into destroying something so beautiful.
After all it’s nice to keep the Earth habitable for future generations of our family. I’m sure they would appreciate having lush forest, drinkable water, and smog free air to breathe. Below are ten simple steps to jump-start your green lifestyle.
1: Save Energy – By saving energy, you will save not only money, but you will help reserve energy to save our planet.
• Unplug appliance you are not using, this accounts for up to 85% of your electric bill. Alternatively, you can purchase smart power strips, which know when appliances are being used and will not suck out unnecessary electricity.
• Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. These cost a bit more money up front, but they last longer and reserve energy.
• Turn your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer. This will cut back a lot your utility bill.
2: Use Less Gas – There are several ways to use less gas, some more popular than others.
• If you’re not in a position to sell your car and use a bike or public transportation, at least change you’re driving habits. You use less gas when you drive the speed limit and have to slow down and speed up less often. Also, try to avoid multiple trips to places like the grocery store. Make a list and go every other week.
• Carpool with a fellow employees or classmates. This cuts the gas usage in half.
3: Save Water – By saving water, it’s easy to see the connection to saving the Earth.
• Look into low-flow toilets and showerheads.
• Consider taking shorter showers, you’ll notice the difference on your next water bill too.
4: Buy Green – Many products available are friendly to the environment. Do your research so you are aware of your consumer options.
• Buy green cleaning products. They cut back on chemicals that are harmful for the environment.
• more and more clothes are being made from organic cotton.
5: Shop Smart – There is more than one way to shop smart.
• Invest in cloth bags to carry your groceries home. Also, consider bringing these to the malls for when you buy clothes. It will cut down on trash, and it allows the store to save money.
• Buy your favorite foods in larger packages or bulk. The single serving packages are quite popular, but it actually creates more waste.
6: Use More Plastic ware – You don’t need to throw a Tupperware party, you can just purchase durable food containers.
• Bring your own food container to restaurants for when you have leftovers. This will prevent the use of non-decomposable Styrofoam containers, and again, save the venue some costs.
• Use plastic ware to bring your lunch to school or work so you have less trash.
7: No Bottled Water – Water bottles rack up a ridiculous amount of trash.
• Invest in a filter or a reusable bottle.
8: Online News – Subscribe to online newspapers to reduce the amount of paper printed on each day.
• Each year 10 million tons of newspapers are loaded into landfills after they are read.
9: Banking – There are several ways to cut back when it comes to finance and banking.
• Skip the receipt at the ATM.
• Sign up for online bank statements. This saves a few pieces of paper, an envelope, and a stamp each month.
• Sign up for online bill pay. This is less checks you need to write.
10: Ban Junk Mail – There are different ways to opt out of junk mail.
• For $15 Green Dimes will cut out 90% of your junk mail and monitor lists to make sure you don’t receive junk mail. They also plant 10 trees for each person that buys their service.
Alternatively, contact Direct Marketing Association and pay a $1 fee to be removed from some mailing lists.