10 simple ways to go green and safe money PLUS you can earn an income... June 25, 2010 8:49 AM
We always read about helping our Mother Earth by going green. Loving our Environment and taking care of our Home Planet
well a lot of times in my line of business I get asked: Well Bea, How do you go 100% green???
There is no way we can go 100% green in todays society, with cars, electricity etc its just not possible. But there is ways to make even those things that we depend on today better for our environment.
We can start with a few simple changes ~
1) Dont litter!!!!! When I drive into town I have to travel about 20 minutes and Im horrified every time about how much junk and litter is just left or tossed on the side of the road and into our ditches.
2) Recycle. In our community that is really a waste of energy as the garbage disposal people just toss the recycled in with the regular garbage so its not being recycled after all. Here is a little TIP ~ Instead of bottled pop buy cans. They are bio-degratable were as plastic is not.
3) products from your local Grocery Store as those are made in factories that still manufacture toxic products in the same factory, so go to your local Health food store or contact me for more information about this.
4) Not all of us can afford one of those dandy new environmentally friendly cars but we can still help by driving only when necessary and packing all errands in one or two days rather than 7
5) DONT USE PESTICIDES! There is many natural ways to get rid of unwanted tenants in and around your home. Also be aware that there is MANY pesticides in our everyday household products. EG. A lot of disinfectants are registered pesticides. Dont spray those all around your children. Our little ones are much closer to them and a little bit can really harm them a lot more than us!!! Again if youd like to know more about this let me know~
6) Buy recycled products. Many companies now offer their products in a recycled format.
7) Talk to your local Hydro Company about their energy saving plans and education brochures on how you can make your home more environmentally friendly
8) Monitor your thermostat. Small changes make a big difference over time. Make a note of where you normally keep your thermostat. Once you've got an idea where it is usually set in the summer and winter, make the Two Degree Pledge: up two degrees in the warmer months, and down two degrees when it's cold. Stay tuned for energy-efficient ways to stay comfortable through the seasons, and save up to $100 a year on your power bill. That's equivalent to 1 ton of greenhouse gases which would have been produced by the energy you saved.
9) Dust off that bike. Bicycles are the most efficient form of human transportation, and the only thing they burn is calories. Consider if bike commuting might fit your lifestyle. Even if this isn't the case, bicycles are a healthy and environmentally friendly way to run those short errands. You'll need a helmet, a good lock, and proper lighting if you're out before dawn or after dusk. Start by resolving to use your bicycle instead of a car just once a week and build from there. Keep an eye out for more articles on choosing an appropriate commuter bike and outfitting for comfort and safety.
10) Go meatless once a week. If you're not already practicing a vegetarian diet, consider cutting back on the amount of meat in you consume. As Frances Moore Lapp pointed out in her bestselling book, Diet for a Small Planet, livestock production absorbs 16 pounds of grain and soy feed for every pound of meat that actually gets to the plate. Each calorie of animal protein requires 78 calories of fossil fuels to produce, and irrigation directly associated with livestock production (including feeds) amounts to about half of all the consumed water in the United States. Give meatless substitutes like Boca Burgers a try, or scan vegetarian recipes for healthy and earth-friendly meal ideas.
By the time you've taken a few of these steps, you'll probably be thinking of other actionable ways to present a lighter environmental footstep. And that's how meaningful change begins: consistent, incremental improvements to the way we manage our personal and community resources. Join with us in fashioning a wiser and more sustainable future.
I have done a few posts on the toxins in our household products so if youd like to learn more about those they are available. Here are a few AMAZING websites to check out on your free time ~
http://care2.com ~ this is my go to page for interaction and education on anything related GREEN
http://livetotalwellness.com/friendlyhomes ~ this is my home page feel free to check it out
this is the easiest way to contact me about any of the above mentioned ways to reduce your carbon footsteps on our lovely planet.
Have a wonderful day,
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