Simple lifestyle changes you can try to benefit both yourself and the environment.
As we all know, more and more people and companies are going green as it’s a means to help create a sustainable planet. In addition to that, you can save yourself a lot of money, for example, by lowering your utility bills. So, if you’re looking to go green, here are some tips you should consider:
Even though going green is great, you should take things slow. Don’t feel the need to change your entire lifestyle overnight. Also, keep in mind that being eco-friendly isn’t tricky; it just takes some practice. For example, when you’re going grocery shopping, bring your own bag! It sounds easy right? And that’s because it is easy. All you have to do is remember to bring your bag. So again, take things slow and integrate more and more green practices into your lifestyle.
Make a goal for yourself and try to integrate 1-2 green changes every week. Then when you feel more confident, you can incorporate more. Transitioning into a green lifestyle is not a race, nor is it going to happen overnight. So try and be patient because you’re contributing to a better and sustainable environment.
If you’re going green, the last thing you should do is throw out all your equipment, tools, and other gadgets and electronics at home and replace them with green ones. Remember, going green is not only environmentally-friendly, but it’s also supposed to help you save money. So, check to see if your current belongings have a green option on them.
For example, see if your showerhead has any features that allow it to save water while in use. Most showerheads will use 2.5 gallons of water/minute, so if yours can go below that, use it! If your showerhead doesn’t have any green features, you can replace it with a green one.
Take a look around your home and evaluate all your equipment, tools, toiletries, lights, and other gadgets. Check and turn on the green features if available and then write down everything that doesn’t have one. Search online for green replacements. If the price of any product ever scares you at first, think about the long-term savings you’d be making. Using the showerhead example, by cutting half the amount of water you use for every shower, you are essentially cutting your shower costs by half.
A substantial way to go green is by focusing on your power usage. Did you know that you are still using electricity even though you have a charger plugged into a wall and it’s not charging anything? The same goes with having an electronic device plugged in, but it’s not turned on - you are still using electricity. This type of wasted electricity is commonly called “phantom” or “vampire” electricity.
The easiest solution to this is by using smart strips or power bars. If you plug in all your devices into a single power bar, you can easily turn all of them with the switch of a button. Smart strips work similarly by shutting down devices that go into standby mode, and this will completely cut off any power usage. Another more difficult way is to manually unplug every device you’re not using. As you can probably tell, that’s not as convenient as using a smart strip or power bar, but it still works.
Another way to focus on power is by switching all your lights to eco-friendly ones. This is an extremely easy way to help you go green as you can replace all the lights in your home in a couple of minutes. You’ll still get bright lights to help you see, all while saving money. If you own a washing machine, start washing your clothes in cold water. As you can see, focusing on power is an easy and sure way to go green.
Taking care of your health is essential. You need to have a balanced diet and integrate some form of exercise every day. Why not kill two birds with one stone by making your transportation a form of exercise? Rather than driving a car or taking the bus to work, walk or ride a bike. You’ll not only save tons of money on insurance, parking, gas, and other expenses, but you’ll also receive plenty of exercise to keep or get you in shape.
Yes, if you have work at nine o’clock in the morning, you’re going to need to wake up extra early to commute to work. However, the benefits are well worth it. It’s good for the environment, you save money, and you complete your exercise for the day. Of course, you should bring a change of clothes in case you get sweaty. If you live too far to walk or bike to work, check with your employer to see if you can telecommute. If that’s not an option, consider finding a place that’s closer to your work. Again, you’re not doing all of this only to go green. You’re reaping all the benefits which including going green.
Another tip to help you go green is to always look for green options when you go shopping for anything. For example, rather than buying plastic straws that’ll end up in our oceans, why not purchase stainless-steel straws that’ll last a lifetime? These straws are bendable, easy to clean, and most importantly, they don’t end up in our oceans.
Another example is using reusable food wraps instead of plastic ones that’ll again, end up in our oceans. Just like the plastic wraps, you can still cover your food to make it last longer, but this time, you won’t have to throw it out. You can use these wraps over and over again, which will save you money from having to continuously buy plastic wraps, and it’s good for the environment. So, the next time you do any shopping, see if there’s a green option available. It’s possible that green options will be more expensive than regular ones, but don’t worry, you’ll save money in the long-term.
For most people, trying something new such as a vegan diet is easier when you have someone to do it with you. So, if you know someone who may also be interested in going green, discuss a plan with them. Together, start things slow and try making 1-2 green changes in your lifestyles a week and slowly increase that number. Update each other on a regular basis to see how things are going. Someone may find a better alternative or way of doing something, so keep each other updated.
If both of you find great results with going green, you can educate mutual friends, family, and even neighbors. Who knows what can come of this? Maybe the two of you start your own blog or vlog channel to document your greener lifestyle. There’s a lot of fun that can come out of this, so be creative!
A powerful tip to help you go green is by thinking about those in need. Rather than throwing everything you don’t want or need anymore in the trash, why not donate it to someone in need? No matter where you live, you should be able to find a local organization that will take in things like clothing and toys. These organizations will take your “trash” in, clean it up, and then donate it to people in need. So to help you go green, think about those in need and determine if your “trash” is really trash.
Similar to making transportation a form of exercise, you can again kill two birds with one stone by eating locally. If you’re buying healthy produce and other foods that are grown locally, you’re doing your part by not contributing to support foods that are increasing carbon emissions, in other words, foods that are traveling thousands of miles just to get into your local grocery stores. Eating local foods are fresh, healthier, better for the environment, and most importantly, they’re better for you – especially plant-based meals.
A major issue nowadays is the amount of waste people throw out. A great practice is to always calculate exactly how much of anything you need. Rather than going to the grocery store and grabbing three bags of chips that you know you’re not going to finish, just grab one. You can always come back another day. The same goes for buying produce and other foods with an expiration date. Buy what you need so that you aren’t wasting a bunch of food that’ll end up in landfills. All that waste could have been extra money in your pocket. This applies to anything you can buy in your home.
The final tip to help you go green is by doing what you can. From a realistic standpoint, our planet is never going to be 100% green. It’s impossible to do everything in a green way. That’s why it’s important for you to do what you can. If you make just one lifestyle change that’s green, you’re already contributing to a better environment. Don’t think that everything you do has to be green, because it doesn’t. It’s about doing what you possibly can.
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