How To Go Green
There is a multitude of ways we can make our world a greener place to live in. The terms climate change and
global warming are in main stream news now.
It appears that everyone wants to go green. These simple guidelines will help you tweak your lifestyle for a
Mind power usage, opt for green sources
Energy has contributed greatly to the degradation of our environment. Interestingly, there are subtle things we can
do in our everyday lives that can make a huge difference toward slowing the damage.
Start by changing your home energy use: save energy on heating by adjusting your thermostat to a few degrees
down during winter and few degrees up in summer. Use compact fluorescent bulbs, unplug appliances when they’re not
in use, wash with cold water and don’t machine dry. These seem like small changes but if 90 percent of us did this,
we could hugely cut back on energy demands, thus , a smaller carbon footprint. You also save on your energy
You can try more drastic changes by using alternative energy. Most energy companies now have alternatives for
green sources. Talk to your utility about any options for alternative energy. Granted, it is not easy to completely
change your energy source, so the best thing is to start with powering sections of your home. You can easily do
so with simple projects on DIY solar
panels or the like.
Conserve water and change bathroom habits
Ensure that your showers are shorter to lessen your water usage and heating bill too. Invest in a low-flow
showerhead. Conserve heat and water with a faucet aerator and use a dual-flush toilet. Practice green bathroom
habits: use non-toxic green cleaners, take care when to close the lid when flushing the toilet. Do not use
disposables in your bathroom, apart from toilet paper (made with recycled material).
Save on gas
When you swap your car for a bike to work, you not only save on gas, you improve your overall health and reduce
the risk of becoming overweight. Cars provide us with comfort, ease and convenience, albeit at a big expense to
life on earth. They contribute 20 percent of all greenhouse emissions in the US.
If you think that you can not live without one, there are still several greener options. You can offset your
carbon emissions on your current car; there are numerous services that offer carbon offsets.
For shorter journeys, use a bike or public transport. If you have the means, invest in a hybrid car. It's very
efficient on fuel and emits less exhaust gases. Go for an electric scooter if a hybrid car is a huge toll on your
Make smart food choices
If your meals include meat daily, have one meatless meal every week. Increase the number and it only gets
better. Meat costs a lot at the store, not to mention the environmental and health costs from its consumption. Buy
organic foods whenever you can because their growing is less harsh to the environment.
Avoid bottled water
Instead of drinking bottled water, opt for purified tap water (invest in a water purifier). Think about all that
plastic waste from bottles and you’ll get the picture. A re-usable water bottle -aluminium instead of plastic - is
a very handy utensil at work or during travel.
The easiest way start going green is to keep informed about going green.