Save Green with these 10 Easy Ways to Go Green

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

14 Comments

  1. john

    Hello there, I think these are all great ideas. Most are very simple, the one that made me step back and think was the water bottle one. I have looked at water purifiers and thought no, I don’t want to waste the money on those not thinking about the amount I have spent on bottles over the years. Thank you for the post and hopefully it helps others think about their lifestyle as well -john

    • admin

      Hi John, Thank you for visiting our site. You are right, there are many simple things we can collectively do to make an impact. Happy to have steered you on the water bottle potential. Over the next few weeks we will be adding products.

  2. Wow! Funny but a few of those I never considered to change. This is really some helpful information here. Thank you for this, it really does help to know what steps we can take. I use water bottles alllll dayyyy long. Need to re-think some things I see.

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      Hi Latasha,
      Thank you for visiting easywaystobegreener
      I am glad the information is helpful and hope you visit again. Over time we will be adding what we hope is more helpful information, Products and Services. We can all do our little bit to help this great planet of ours and at the same time help ourselves.

  3. Great article here! I just wanted a Netflix documentary which discusses how much resource consumption is taken up from red meat (cows) and I was shocked! Something like 100L of water for 1 burger (based on the entire footprint, don’t quote me exactly!)
    I personally get concerned over how much STUFF we go through, especially in North America.. geeezzee.. so I am practicing the minimalist lifestyle as much as I can.. quality over quantity and experiences over stuff!
    Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    • admin

      Hi Andrea,
      Thank you for visiting easywaystobegreener.com and for your feedback. I am happy that you found the information aligned with your concerns. I agree with you, from my travels, NA is a region that does consume a lot. I will check out the netflix video that you mentioned, I was involved in meat production and can attest that it certainly is a big resource hog. The data I was presented was 1 lb. of beef typically requires 6 lbs of feed and 8 gallons of water to produce.

      Over time we will be adding what we hope is more helpful information, Products and Services that we hope can make minimalist living better without a negative impact on our mother earth.

      Thanks.

  4. Great read, i haven’t considered a few of those options actually, i am also a huge supported for cleaner energy and a greener earth, climate change is quite a delicate issue, there have been studies done that a change of climate has always happend during the course of time on planet earth, howerever, they do agree because of all the human interference, it’s happening too fast, so the earth has a hard time adapt to the rapidly changing inviroment, i guess this is something we can think about, again i enjoyed your article.

    • admin

      Hi Mark,
      Thank you for visiting our site – Glad it added some new considerations and appreciate the feedback. Agree, climate change seems to be something that the earth has experienced over a long period of time, I am hopeful humans do what we can so we don`t accelerate it and damage our environment further. I truly believe that there is momentum with a number of initiatives in Energy, Automotive, Mining Industries etc… The small changes we each can make (there are billions of us) can have an impact and help to drive demand for more earth friendly products.

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      Fede,

      Thank you for visiting our site and the feedback. I hope the points in the blogs are helpful and are thought provoking.

  5. Great eye opening article with simple changes the everyday person can make.
    About the water purifier – it’s best to also invest in a heavy duty bpa free water bottle to refill. I’ve read plenty on the nasty bpa and other chemicals in plastic bottles and the how dangerous they are once they have been exposed to the sunlight and heat. i.e. – left in the car!!

    • Hi Linds, thanks for visiting our site and we are happy you found some useful information.
      Great input on the water bottle – Agree, a bpa free water bottle is a Must. An alternative to plastic is aluminum although there are critics out there who suggest that there is potential of absorption in the body when food or water is in contact with aluminium. I personally have not seen any conclusive studies on this, I have seen a lot of hypothesis. I always suggest that people do their own research before they buy.

  6. There’s some great ideas in this list. My son has just sold his very (expensive to run) car and bought a bike. He’s saving so much money AND getting to work quicker, because he’s not getting caught up in rush hour traffic. Proves there’s a lot of merit and going green!

    • Hi Karen. Thank you for dropping in. Your sons example is an excellent one – there are many ways to make a change to be greener and it can make an improvement to our lives, even sometimes if it is just a small one. I am hoping that we can take the misconceptions away that living greener must come at some cost. In many cases it is easier than we think and can save us time, money and effort.

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