In my articles so far I went on and on about my neighbor Bob – for a reason! The guy took going green very seriously and so far, he is only collecting the advantages!
There are two main reasons that should convince in into going green: it’s a small but significant contribution to the environment and it’s good or your wallet!
Here are a few easy-to-implement tips for using more sustainable solutions to reduce your expenses and improve your impact on the environment. These tips are divided into viable solutions for your home and workplace. After all, your home and your workplace are where you spend the majority of your time — and use the most energy.
As you read through these tips, keep your mind open for ways to expand these ideas and develop your own solutions; chances are good that after you read through these simple tips, you’ll come up with many of your own, too!
We’ve all been told to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” It’s any easy way to reduce spending and get creative. In everyday life, you can easily and conveniently reuse bags, reduce energy costs by unplugging appliances you aren’t using, and recycle clothes by participating in clothing swaps. However, there are some other, sometimes more creative ways, to reduce, reuse, and recycle…
- Trading your old appliances for newer, energy-efficient models may have an upfront cost, but will save you money in the long-term.
- Look for organic solutions for everyday products. Household cleaning and hygiene supplies also come in organic versions, without harmful or harsh chemicals.
- Eating green meals is an easy, healthy lifestyle choice. To avoid your local grocery store’s high prices for organic foods and produce, join an organic wholesale distributor or plant your own for a fun way to put an environmental ethos into action.
- Take out the trash less — start a compost heap with food waste. Compost makes a great natural fertilizing mulch that you can use in your garden to grow fruits and vegetables.
- Use technology to stay accountable for your technology usage. (That’s a mouth-full!) For the technologically-inclined, be accountable to your energy use goals by using systems like Tweet-a-watt, which posts your energy consumption to your Twitter account. Whether you brag or embarrass yourself is up to you.
- Invest in large-scale sustainable energy solutions. Move beyond simply investing in small sustainable energy and environmentally friendly solutions by investigating green and clean energy options that may change the way you interact with energy on a larger scale, such as geothermal heating and cooling or solar power. Don’t forget — you may be eligible for state and federal government tax credits for your investment into renewable energy solutions!
- Boost workplace energy efficiency. Start implementing green energy solutions on a small scale. Making changes to the energy solutions in your workplace may be challenging — especially if you have a large workplace and many chains of commands. Therefore, look for ways to start small, like with your transportation to and from work. You can green your work day by walking or biking to work — it’s an exhilarating, morale-boosting start to the day and saves you money on costly gym memberships.
- Combine resources to save resources. Investigate mass transit, car-sharing, and carpooling options in your area. For a fun option, turn heads by test-driving a SmartCar. Hybrid models, including the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion, Honda Insight, Ford Escape and the Honda Civic Hybrid are green — no matter what paint color you select.
- Reuse shipping supplies, such as shipping towels, air cushions, and foam peanuts or use a green shipping company to help other businesses you work with be a little more sustainable.
- Use marketing incentives to encourage managers and business owners to become more energy efficient. Remind your employer that energy efficiency in the workplace has other earthly rewards; many customers like to support green businesses in their effort to reduce their impact on the environment.
You might think that these are small changes that won’t make a difference. Well, you’re wrong! If you take a large number of small steps you will eventually get where you want.