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Climate change remains in the news. Recent events around the Paris Accord showcase how many individuals and Industry are willing to lead the charge even if Government is shifting away from Global Agreements. I am convinced that our grandchildren and their children will be thankful for us in opting to continue to try to live more sustainable.
We all strive to live a happier, healthier lives. Our Goal here is to share ideas, tips and provide products and services to help Mother Earth while saving money doing it. Some of the steps we can take to favorably effect climate change will actually make our lives better.
Here are 10 simple things we each can all do today to help reduce our environmental impact and at the same time save money.
1. Save money by reducing Energy usage.
- Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer will saves on energy for heating and cooling costs.
- Replace older incandescent bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Use “smart” power strips, they sense when appliances are off and will cuts “phantom” energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water, heating water accounts for almost a third of heating and cooling costs.
- Hang the clothes on a drying rack indoors or outdoors.
2. Save water to save money.
- Take short showers instead of baths to reduce water use.
- Install inexpensive low-flow taps and shower heads.Install faucet aerators on faucets. They are inexpensive and conserve heat and water but maintain high water pressure.
- Plant drought tolerant native plants in your flower beds and your gardens.
- Acquire ran barrels so you can use what is collected to water flower beds and Gardens.
3. Use less gasoline to save money.
- If you can, walk or bike to work, to go shopping, the theater, church, school etc…
- It may be worth telecommuting if you live far away from where you work, maybe move closer.
- Get involved in community initiatives to increase bike paths, green space and walkways.
4. Eat smart.
- Eat less red meat, have a few meatless meals a week. Meat production is a high energy use industry.
- Buy local produce, meat, eggs and dairy products as much as you can – this also helps keep money in our local economies.
5. Reduce or eliminate the use of bottled water.
- Get a water filter and purify tap water – most households will save $500 a year. .
- Bring your own reusable water bottle to work and on other excursions.
6. Think before you buy.
- Go online to find new or gently used second hand products like clothes, sporting goods, redecorating items, furniture, appliances, and other items.
- Shop at and hold garage sales, go to thrift stores or consignment stores for clothing and many more everyday items.
7. Borrow instead of buying.
- Instead of buying personal books and movies, go to the library or borrow from someone or use a rental business.
- Get to know your neighbors, share appliances, power tools and other things.
8. Buy smart.
- Buying in bulk you end up with less packaging and can save money.
- Try to buy clothes that don’t need to be dry cleaned.
- Invest in good quality products that will last. This may cost a little more but will save money in the long run when you don’t have to replace as frequently.
9. Keep electronics out of the trash.
- Donate or recycle cell phones and other electronics. Some regions will pay for electronic waste and many have recycling depots where you can drop them off for no fee.
10. Don`t use harmful cleaning supplies.
- Buy Green or use baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap to make your own effective cleaning supplies.