to Go Green In Your Life
Study after study
has confirmed that global warming is already occurring.
While global warming is a world wide problem, we as
individuals can do something about it one household at a
many uncertainties regarding how soon and what the
disruption to our human existence will be. Scientist
predict extremes such as flooding, drought, storms, and
even disease. We already face sever air and water
pollution that is adversely affecting our health.
today is so sever that
it has adverse affects on our unborn children.
The good news is
there is still time to act. By taking action today the
generations of tomorrow will thank us. In addition,
many of the steps we can take today to go green or
become eco friendly will improve our quality of life and
- If you
to do any home improvement job around the house,
for cabinets, rugs, appliances, furniture, or even
- Try checking
out a few garage sales to help in that home
- There are
tons of resale and consignment shops today that sell
everything from furniture to rugs. You’ll find
great pricing and many times gently used items.
found these site on the Internet that give ideas for
home made and creative
as well as Green
Shop at your local
You may find that the costs are slightly higher, but
it’s worth it. You will find higher quality produce
and the dollars you spend will go to the farmer!
You’re buying locally and that will save energy by
reducing fossil fuels used in transporting the food
across the country.
Green...Commuting can mean "Getting Fit"
employers will allow you to telecommute to work.
Talk with your boss about the benefits of
working from home
at least 2 or 3 days a week. If that doesn’t work
you could move closer—even if this means paying more
rent, it could save you money in the long term.
Walk, skate, or bike
to work and save money on gas and parking while
improving your cardiovascular health and reducing
your risk of
- Check on
public transportation in your area. Taking the bus
or car pooling can save money and produces less
pollution in the long run.
Green...Reset the thermostat
- Open windows
in the summer and turn on the fans. You’ll be
amazed at the savings. Investigate installing
ceiling fans and attic fan to help ventilation.
Close the drapes during the day to block out the hot
sun in the middle of summer.
- Setting your
thermostat 2 or 3 degrees lower in the winter can
translate to substantial savings on your utility
bills plus it saves energy.
Install low-flow showerheads, set your water heater
lower, and take shorter showers to save
and the energy used to heat it. Consider installing
a solar hot water heater.
- When washing
clothes always wash in cold water and use a drying
rack or clothesline.
from discarded cell phones and computers is a growing
environmental problem. Mounds of electronic refuse are
being shipped abroad illegally for ‘disassembly’ by
workers with little protection against the
and other toxic substances they contain.
twice about buying new electronics.
Keep your electronics
as long as possible and dispose of them
Recycle your cell phone and computers.
Ask your local
government to set up a responsible recycling and
rebuilt computers. You’ll save money and the earth.
your local library and other public amenities.
Borrowing from libraries instead of buying personal
books and movies will save money and printing
products that are concentrates and ad your own
water. You’ll save money and it’s less to recycle.
cloth not disposable!
helps reduce the
amount of waste you send to the landfill and it’s a
on the go.
your own tap water for drinking rather than using
bottled water. Bottled water is expensive and it
produces large amounts of container waste.
Check out this recent
life cycle analysis
for the latest on
bottled water trends.