As everyone is talking about the climate changes, global warming and sustainability, it seems like all “passionate” supporters of the green idea are just talking, but they lack action. But I’m happy that you want to take action and change things for good. If you want to live in a greener, cleaner planet, remember that any change begins within ourselves.
Limit your environmental impact, live a healthier life and save money by following these simple steps.
1. Forget about bottled water. Instead, buy water filters to clean tap water. When on the go, opt for a reusable bottle, preferably aluminium one.
2. Borrow. Go to the library and borrow the books you want to read, instead of buying them from the bookstore.
3. Make your own natural cleaners:
Usually all the ingredients you need are vinegar, baking soda, lemon and soap.
When choosing a cleaning company, hire the one that uses bio detergents in the cleaning process. This company, for instance, works with natural, eco-friendly detergents.
4. Get out of the car. Reduce the harmful exhaust emissions by walking or cycling to work. In addition to the saved money, you will also improve your health and reduce the risk of obesity.
5. Save energy:
Turn your thermostat down a few degrees in the winter and increase the temperature a few degrees in the summer. This way you will save money on heating and cooling.
Replace the old incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones.
Unplug appliances when not being used, or buy "smart" power strips. They feel when appliances are off and eliminate "phantom" energy use.
Instead of machine drying, hang the laundry on a clothesline or on a drying rack.
Improve the insulation, install solar panels, upgrade the windows.
6. Save water:
Invest in a low-flow showerhead.
Take shorter showers, bathe with warm, not hot water.
In the garden, grow native plants which require few and far between waterings.
7. Use reusable shopping bags. Put one in your handbag, at home, on your desk, in the car, or any place where it would be useful.
8. Buy smart:
Look in thrift stores, garage sales and consignment shops for clothing and furnishings.
Buy in bulk. Save on packaging and money.
Invest in high-quality products. Paying more now means less frequently replacing of household items, clothes, appliances, etc.