Opting for a sustainable and renewable way of living is the environmentally friendly decision that going green is all about. The lifestyle varies from person to person but the initial goal is the same: to gradually use products considered green as well as implement the practice of daily habits all for the purpose of reducing the environmental footprint. The thought of going green can be unnerving but it does not have to be! It is not something that takes place overnight, in fact research proves that it takes 21 days to form a habit.
Everything done has an impact on the planet, and this impact can either be good or bad. Making 3 simple green changes and practicing them for 21 days, will easily become a normal part of daily routine, and at the same time making the earth a better place. Going green is a bigger picture and results in:
- The lining of bank accounts
- A boost in personal health
- A higher quality of life
Where To Begin?
Like anything in life, the first thing necessary for change is a realization that something is not right, is not working or is not effective. It may seem overwhelming and questionable at first, but in reality, by lessoning energy consumption and water uses results in a significant improvement in environment and measurable change in personal finances.
What To Consider?
Going green will save money and energy! The result will not be instantaneous, however it will be evident in due time. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is simpler than it seems.
It comes down to supply and demand. The resources available are limited and as the world multiples, they are being used faster and faster. Action needs to be taken for the sake of the generations to come. With this in mind, this list includes (but is not limited to) successful tips and tricks on going green:
1. Consider Public Transportation
Public transport does not fit into every persons daily routine, however it is done and if it is easily accessible, is a phenomenal way to save money as well as reduce carbon emissions, Carpooling to same events is also an option or for the outdoor type, the growing community of bicycle commuting can be joined.
2. Limit Eating Out
Cooking at home is cheaper and healthier. Fresh food instead of prepackaged or precooked food leaves the body feeling happy and settled. Cooking at home also creates the opportunity for healthy hearty leftovers to take to the office the next day.
3. Leave The House With Confidence
By ensuring lights are switched off and any other appliances not in use are unplugged, a celebration of the potential savings on the bill at the end of the month is guaranteed. A programmable thermostat will also benefit the home.
4. Switch Light Bulb Choices
By replacing old bulbs with energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) or Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s), a longer lifespan of light is enjoyed (and money is of course saved).
5. Conserve Water
The energy bill climbs as more hot water is used. To combat this, wash clothes in cold water instead of hot and do not put the dishwasher through multiple cycles – wait until it is filled to maximum capacity and then only run the load.
6. Plant Trees
When a house is shaded, less air conditioning is needed because of the fresh and natural coolness. A healthier home is a happier home.
7. Utilise Compost
Instead of poisoning the lawn and those around it with chemical fertilizers, homemade compost from organic waste such as lawn clippings, vegetable scraps etc. will do the job just as well, if not better while going the extra mile and reducing household waste from the garbage can.
8. Reusable Water Bottles
Reusable water bottles can be continually refilled and taken with for the day. They are also a one time cost whereas bottled water from the store, depending on how much one drinks, costs weekly.
9. Line Dry Clothing
The dryer is one of the most expensive home appliances to operate. Reduce costs and line dry clothes with the incomparable smell of fresh air.
10. Recycle Old Electronics
Instead of hoarding them or throwing old gadgets away, there are multiple companies online that will buy them for cash or will recycle them.
What To Do Now?
Going green is the way to go. The above 10 tips and tricks do not need to be implemented all at once. Start with 2 and then slowly add more. It will become a lifestyle and going the extra mile will be a normal part of daily life. Saving the planet and money has never looked or felt better. Sustainability is possible.
Start today, better tomorrow.