What does it mean to “Go Green”? It is a term that you probably hear everyday, and it refers to using various everyday methods to help save the planet and it’s environment. Implementing a green lifestyle can help save the earth, but it can also help you save money. The steps you take to go green can be small or big, but it can all help the bigger cause; whether that be saving the planet or saving a few extra bucks. Going green has gained a lot of popularity and has created quite a following of people wanting to be self sufficient, energy efficient, and to help our planet. Below are some easy tips and methods on how you can go green and change your lifestyle today.
Ways to Go Green:
Change out your Light Bulbs.
Do you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home? Time to go out with the old and in with the new. CFL light bulbs are 75% more efficient then incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer! Saving energy and money on monthly bills. You could go one step further with LED Light Bulbs, which are 90% more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and last up to 20 years! LED light bulbs are the future of lighting efficiency and are highly recommended.
Recycling is all about reducing the amount of waste you produce. Landfills all over the planet are having a negative impact on our environment. Recycling helps conserve our natural resources, energy, and reduces pollution in our water and air.
Energy Star appliances.
Appliances can waste a lot of energy in your home. Upgrading them to Energy Star certified appliances can save you money and are incredibly efficient.
Taking shorter showers, reducing the water spent washing dishes and laundry can make a huge difference in conservation. Whenever possible, use cold water, instead of hot (laundry, dishes, etc.) to save on energy costs.
Pay your bills online.
Put a stop to unneeded mail. Save paper and pay all your bills online, it’s much easier to do as well.
Turn your light off.
Make sure to turn lights off when you leave a room. A simple task that many people can over look, but lighting accounts for up to 20% of your energy bill and turning off your lights can help reduce the money spent on your energy.
Convert to an alternative energy.
Updating your kitchen and bathrooms
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be a scary endeavor, but making small green improvements to these areas can usually give you a 90-100% or more return on your investment. Upgrading your counter-tops and floors to green alternatives can be well worth the money!