“Going green” doesn’t mean a complete life overhaul. There are some really simple changes we can make to collectively make a big impact on our planet. The bonus is that some of these little lifestyle changes benefit the earth and our wallets. What’s not to love about doing some good and saving money at the same time?
Here are some tips on how to be a little more eco-friendly in your everyday life:
It really is as simple as taking shorter showers and turning the water off while you brush your teeth. This alone saves about 5 gallons of water per day. If every single American did this, we’d save over a billion gallons of water a day. Pretty impressive for just one simple act. Cut back on how much you water your lawn and see even more savings.
If at all possible, arrange to work from home 1-2 days a week. Not only will you save on gas, but you get to work in your pajamas all day if you want. What’s better than that? If telecommuting is not an option for you, look into carpooling. It’s also a great way to save on gas, plus have fewer cars (and their emissions) on the road. Imagine how much less traffic there would be as well!
Support Green Companies
More and more companies are stepping up and going green. The next time you make a purchase, research the company you are buying from. If possible, choose one that is helping our environment. For example, check out these recycled plastic shoes for women. They have currently repurposed over 15 million plastic water bottles to make their shoes!
Other companies create products made from organic materials or use solar power to run their factories. Do what you can to support the ones who are trying to make a difference.
Use the Cold Cycle
Using a cooler cycle while washing your clothes in a washing machine saves energy. If everyone in the US did this, the amount of energy saved would be the equivalent to 100,000 barrels of oil per day. Using a cold temperature is also better for your clothes. The materials don’t break down as fast and they will stay looking better for a longer time period. It’s a win-win for your wardrobe and our environment.
We all know by now that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment. While most of these bottles are recyclable, only about 10 percent of them are actually being recycled. The rest end up filling our landfills, taking thousands of years to fully break down.
Buy reusable water bottles and coffee mugs for everyone in your family. I love the stainless steal insulated style. They keep ice water cold and coffee hot for a full day. My kids use them at school and love that the ice still hasn’t melted by the end of the day. Plastic water bottles can’t do that! If we all made this one simple change, we could save a lot of space in our landfills.
Saving paper means saving trees. One really easy way to cut down on your paper consumption is to switch to online bill paying. Save time, money (no postage), and paper waste by paying all of your bills with the click of a button.
You could even set up automatic payments so you’ll never have to worry about forgotten payments or late fees again. If we all did this, we could save over 18 million trees every year, over 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, and almost 2 billion pounds of waste.
Turn Things Off
Turn lights, fans, and computers off when you’re not using them. Unplug small appliances when you’re done with them. This isn’t a huge money-saver (about $15 a year), but every little bit adds up.
You may think what you do really doesn’t make that big of a difference — and you’re partially correct. Individually, these changes won’t save the planet. But collectively, eco-friendly lifestyle changes make a huge positive impact. If we all do our part and encourage others to do the same, change happens! And we’ll soon see the benefit to our environment.
Source: Beauty Shortcutips