We hear it all the time: try to conserve, preserve, and recycle. History has shown us that the earth is a limited resource and we are finding that generations of excess have taken an incredible toll on our ecosystem. It is easy to blame others or to blame ourselves for the situation, but that is not a productive use of our energy. It is time that we stop talking about the threat of environmental disaster and do something about it. To be honest, living green, can be much easier than people make it out to be. There are small things we can do every day to have a positive impact on the world around us. Moreover, by living green, you will find that you might just save some green in the process.
How many lights do you have in your home, condo, or apartment? If you live in an average home, you will most likely have dozens of light sources. Consider changing your traditional light bulbs and replacing them with energy efficient lights. These lights tend to last longer and burn less kilowatt-hours, saving you money and leaving less of a footprint on your environment.
Look in your pantry and cabinets. How much of your food has excess packaging? Consider buying products that require less plastic and paper. Furthermore, when you go grocery shopping consider bringing your own bag. This will require less waste and energy on behalf of the bag manufacturers and recycling plants. There is a multiplicity of ways to save money when we consider our shopping routines. Clean drinking water is another great example. When we go hiking or go to the park for exercise, we often swing by the store to buy a cold bottle of drinking water. This wastes plastic and gas. Consider buying your own water filtration system and bringing the water with you in a reusable container.
A water filtration device can actually be more of an earth friendly device than you may have imagined. Some products like Kagen’s water filtration systems allow you to change alkaline and acidity levels of your drinking water. Instead of using harsh toxic cleaners that are harmful to your family and the environment, you can simply increase the acidity level of your water and clean with that. Acid water helps cut through grime and is great to use on countertops to aid in preventing food poisoning. It works wonders on removing stains and smudges!
If you have a large array of electronics in your household, you should unplug them. Many devices like televisions, computers, and stereophonic equipment, use power even when they are in a suspended state. Why suck away natural resources when you are not even enjoying your equipment? Unplug these devices until you need to use them. Moreover, consider buying a programmable thermostat. Reduce your heating and air conditioning when you are away. This helps save you money and requires less carbon-based fuels.
Looking around at your house and your work, you will most likely find a variety of ways to life a greener life. You will find that living a green lifestyle will actually help you save money.