Things You Can Do To Go Green Today
Not everyone wants to help the environment but people who do think that in order to do so they have to drastically change their lifestyle or spend a lot of money. This couldn’t be further from the truth and there are a lot of things you can do right now that will cost you very little, and might even save you money! P.S. Liked this post?
While these might seem like little things, all they all add up and if everybody did just a few of them, it would have a large impact environmentally.
Here are some “green” things you can do that won’t cause a major change to your lifestyle or cost you heaps of money.
Use recyclable cloth grocery bags instead of plastic – plastic bags take eons to degrade and can be harmful to wildlife.
Cloth bags only cost you $1 and some grocery stores even give you a rebate every time you use them, other grocery stores charge you 5 or 10 cents for a plastic bag.
Cloth bags fit more groceries, can be used over and over again for anything and are easier to carry!
Buy reusable coffee filters – you’ll never run out!
Put your kitchen scraps in a compost pile – you’ll have great organic fertilizer for your garden and be making good use of your scraps.
Use cloth kitchen towels instead of paper towels.
Buy used items – need a new sofa or TV?
Try looking at your local opportunity or goodwill store or in the classifieds – you can get like new items for a fraction of the price and it keeps those items out of the landfill.
You will be helping out the needy rather than making the large department Stores even wealthier.
Don’t print – do you really need to print that out? Think hard before you print stuff on your computer – you’ll save a ton on ink and paper.
Get your news online – instead of getting a newspaper delivered to your house, just go online and read your local news.
Almost every newspaper has webpage these days where you can get late breaking news, you may have to view some advertisements but think of the trees you will be saving
Use your laptop (if you have one) rather than your desktop PC for browsing the internet emailing and simple word processing.
Desktop computers use almost twice the power of a laptop.
Work from home – if your company allows it, try to work from home 1 or 2 days a week.
You’ll be producing less carbon emissions and saving on gas (plus you’ll probably get a lot more done without your boss staring over your shoulder!)
Buy local – flying and trucking food all over the world creates a lot of pollution so if you have a local farmers market, try to support your local farmers and buy as much food as you can there.
It will be healthier for you and the environment.
Turn down your water heater – most people have their water heater up too high – turn yours down to 120 degrees and make sure you but an insulating sweater around it.
This will help it run more efficiently and save you on heating your water.
For even more savings, insulate the pipes coming out of the water heater.
Turn down your air conditioner thermostat; most people have it set way too cold.
24 degrees is just comfortable. Air conditioning is one of the most energy hungry appliances in your home.
There’s plenty more you can do to help the environment but it can be overwhelming to try to implement too many things at once.
Try some of these tips and, once you have them structured into your daily routine take on more green living activities – before you know it you’ll be living a fully eco-friendly lifestyle!
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