Finding 7 Ways to Go Green that really work, isn’t easy
Go Green without spending money sounds great, but finding easy ways to make your home and life more environmentally friendly takes work.
Easy Ways to Make your Home More Eco-Friendly
We all want to do our part to protect the environment, but without a large paycheck, that can be seem difficult, if not impossible.
But doing your part doesn’t have to be hard. Small steps add up to a big difference, you just have to know which ones to take.
However here are some ideas shared by friends and family.
Use less water.
Saving water is all about small steps, just to name a few that will help save big.
- – Shut off the water while you brush your teeth
- – Take showers that are a minute or two shorter
- – Only flush the toilet when you need to
- – Only run full loads of laundry and dishes
- – Buy from sustainable producers.
Sustainable producers are farmers, ranchers, and other producers that use techniques that pollute less and use less water. You can do some research online or ask at your local organic market to find these products.
Use less energy.
If you don’t have the money to buy a hybrid car or convert your house to solar power, you can make a big difference with small changes.
– Buy energy efficient appliances. They may be more expensive, but make up for the increased cost in lower energy bills.
– Unplug chargers when you’re not using them.
Cell phone and other chargers use up power even if there’s nothing attached to them.
– Put devices with remotes, like T.V.s, VCRs, and stereos, on a power strip and turn it off when you’re not using them.
These devices all use a lot of power to run the remote receiver even when they are off, unless their power source is missing.
Go Green by cutting transportation costs.
– Walk or ride your bike for short trips.
– Buy local products.
It takes energy to transport food and other products across the country.
Buying local not only supports your local economy, it helps you use less energy.
When it comes to saving energy and water, it’s a great idea to get the kids or even the whole family involved.
You can even make it a game.
Have everyone track how much water and electricity they are using. Compete to see who uses the least water. Maybe even award a prize!
Most of us know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, but when we work on conserving, we often leave reuse out of the picture.
While you can often find tips on how to reuse common products from other people, what you need most is creativity.
With a little thought there are many items around your home that can be reused
- – toilet paper holders can be used to sow seeds for the vegetable patch.
- And old yogurt containers can be cut into strip to make plant labels.
- Old food jars can be refilled with homemade foods or can make great impromptu vases.
Become Inventive and share your ideas!
Become a Go Green Detective When Shopping
Use environmentally friendly products that you find in the stores.
When you go to the grocery store, you probably see more and more “natural” or “eco friendly” products every time.
There are generally two big problems with these products:
- 1. Just because they’re more natural than regular products, doesn’t mean they’re entirely natural.
- 2, They’re often expensive.
If you want inexpensive, natural, safe products, why not just make them yourself. Read the labels of the expensive cleaners and disinfectants and see what you can duplicate!
Cleaner: Vinegar is a great way to clean and disinfect glass and other surfaces.
Stain Removal: Need to remove stubborn stains? Just add some baking soda to your vinegar cleaner.
Some quick searching online will lead you to hundreds of other natural safe home-made cleaning products.
We all knowing that going green means better for the environment, but it’s also better for you.
Conserving resources also helps save you money, which is something most of us are happy to live with.
Need some more?
There’s a lot of things you’re already doing. Do you text, or email? That’s environmentally friendly.
Rather than photocopying, try to scan.
Don’t print anything you don’t really need.
Solar chargers and also battery-less flashlights powered by solar!
Yahoo Answers had an answer that was different:
Eat less meat and here is their reason:
Here’s why: In their natural setting, animals replenish the earth as they consume its resources. For instance, cattle eat grass, fertilize the earth with their manure, and work their fertilizer into the ground with their hoofs. Pigs, who have a very narrow temperature tolerance, use hay to keep warm, and mud to keep cool. In a factory farm setting, animals are kept indoors in very tight (hyper “efficiant”) quarters, which are wired up with lighting, heating, and cooling (these huge buildings do NOT run low electric bills), and are fed feedlot style — eating imported food, which takes more carbon to fuel the trucks it was brought in on, as well as the factories in which it was manufactured. Their waste is disposed of rather than utilized for its high nitrogen content which is perfect for fertilizing crops, and ends up as harmful runoff which pollutes waterways. And to top that off, the nitrogen which farmers DO use as fertilizer comes from petroleum, which is just that much more wasted fuel. It’s a vicious cycle — you get the picture.
The U.S. Government has a great site dedicated to Go Green. In addition to listing websites and other resources for making changes in your home and business, they had this great link:
Check out the Tax Breaks that are available…
If you purchase energy efficient appliances or make energy saving improvements to your home or business, you can save money on your utility bills. You can also save more money on these purchases, in the form of tax incentives, such as tax credits and rebates, or sales tax holidays. Use these databases to find out if you qualify for state, local, utility, and federal incentives:
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)
- DSIRE: Federal Incentives/Policies for Renewables and Efficiency
- Department of Energy (DOE): Tax Credits, Rebates, and Savings
- Offers and Rebates from Energy Star Partners
- Check them all out here.
There is also a page or two of listing for every kind of energy savings.
There should be at least 7 go green projects for you on this page, so pick a few and get going!
A long list, but worth sharing with you, especially if you are looking for a way to Go Green!