Making green choices makes green sense

Making green choices makes green sense

Eco-friendliness is the buzzword of today and climate change has hit the headlines countless times over the last few years. If you’re ready to go green and to make some changes in your lifestyle to help save the planet, there are many things that you can do. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Saving Energy And Saving Money

  • Lower your thermostat by just a few degrees during the winter and raising it by just a few during the warmer months and you can save money on your energy bills
  • When your incandescent bulbs need replacing, switch to CFL bulbs
  • When appliances aren’t in use, make sure they’re unplugged
  • Run your washing machine on a low temperature since up to 85% of energy used in machine washing laundry is expended on heating up the water
  • Instead of using a tumble dryer, use a clothes line

Saving Water And Saving Money

  • Only take short showers to cut down your water usage. This will also lower heating and water bills
  • Invest in a low flow shower head to save on energy and water
  • Install an aerator on every faucet. They conserve water and heat while ensuring water pressure remains high
  • When planning your garden, make sure to plant only varieties which require minimal watering

Use Less Gas

  • Instead of driving to work, cycle or walk instead. Not only will this help you to save on the cost of parking and gas but it’ll also make you healthier
  • Lobby the local government in your area to spend more money on bike lanes and sidewalks. Improvements like these could improve health and reduce traffic

Eating And Drinking

  • If you’re a meat eater, try to cut back by eating one meat free meal per week. Meat is expensive to buy and it also has additional costs to the environment
  • Buy dairy, eggs and meat which is organic and locally raised to keep money in your local economy
  • Forget buying bottled water and filter tap water to purify it instead. This cuts down on plastic waste
  • Use a reusable aluminum water bottle instead of a plastic one when traveling

Think Before Buying

  • Instead of buying new products, look online for second hand ones instead. Services such as FreeSharing and Craigslist are ideal for finding appliances, furnishings and a range of other items at low cost
  • Visit thrift stores and garage sales to find clothing and other items you need
  • Instead of buying books and movies, borrow them from a library. This will not only save you money but will also save on the resources required to print books
  • Instead of buying your own power tools, share with your neighbors
  • Buy items in bulk. This will save on packaging and money
  • Avoid buying a wearing clothes that are dry clean only. This reduces the use of toxic chemicals while saving you money
  • Buy only durable, long lasting products

Avoid Putting Electronics In The Trash

  • Avoid replacing electronics just to upgrade to the newest model.
  • Recycle or donate cell phones and computers when they need replacing. This cuts down on the toxins which are an increasing environmental problem