The rich and famous are forever touting how eco-friendly they live, not including when they dash around the planet aboard their Lear jets. But on behalf of all of us who don’t earn that huge paycheck, how can we do our part to care for the natural environment.
The first thing we must absolutely begin with is to use our brain and begging to think then take small steps. Just start with the small things. In a manner of no time at all the little things we begin to do start to add up and evolve into making a large difference. It’s not difficult. We just got to start. Here’s a down-to-earth and simple quick start which everybody can act on straight away: Stop consuming so much water.
Waste, waste, waste is all most of us do with water in our homes. It is exactly these “little things” which have become poor habits on are part that we must start addressing and changing right now. Simple, huh?
You have to honestly look in the mirror and answer these questions: – Do you turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth – Do you really need to spend so much time taking a shower – Don’t tell me you flush after simply dropping a tissue in the toilet.
Uh-huh…you too? Think about how easily you were wasting water. It is a habit that if changed starts you down the path of having an eco-friendly home.
That dishwasher, toilet, shower head, washer and/or sprinkler systems quickly uses extra water then in really needed. Energy saving appliances are just the first steps to an eco-friendly home. You can find so much information on line to be energy efficient.
Next up, start using less energy.
Like we discussed you can start with purchasing energy efficient appliances. Yes, they typically are more expensive, but the savings you will realize in energy bills goes a long way to compensated for the increased initial cost.
Every home has multiple chargers to power all our portable electronic gadgets we own. You know, the Blackberry, cell phone, iPod, Blue-tooth, Laptop, eReader. These things cost energy and money just sitting plugged into the wall when not connected to our toy.
Televisions, stereos, DVD players, Xboxes and Playstations are major power robbers and waste tremendous energy.
Become a smart eco-friendly homeowner by plugging these appliances into a power strip. Not only will you get surge protection when powered on but it makes it super easy to save energy and save the environment by powering down the power strip.
Don’t worry about getting a hybrid car or setting up solar panels on your roof to be more eco-friendly. You can still make a huge difference saving the eco-system with these easy small changes.
When is the last time you walked or rode your bike for those quick errands around the corner or up the street. Don’t take the car, give your heart and waistline some wanted attention too and live a more healthy lifestyle while being eco-friendly Your kids can even get involved and soon you’ll be an engaged active eco-friendly family!
Not everyone knows the “Green” 3 R’s?.
The “Green” 3-R’s actually begin with the letter R. In the Green World these are: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Every person forgets the reuse “R” when beginning their conservation lifestyle. It does indeed take a small amount of creativity to unearth the savings from a reuse policy. You can start with using toilet paper holders (after they are done being used of course) to propagate your garden seeds. And who has’nt’t thought of using food jars as flower vases.
Take advantage of environmentally friendly products. Here is an easy tip going back centuries. Simply use water and vinegar instead of the more expensive commercial glass cleaners we normally would buy at the store.
Other than the blue coloring added by the manufacturer it is essentially the same product that costs you 2 to 3 times extra. The next instance you grab the bleach bottle or other whitener think about using a centuries old recipe for stain removal. Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to your vinegar cleaner solution and you will come up with a safe and natural concoction which works just as well, if not better than those more expensive non-eco friendly store products. You will literally discover hundreds of other natural, safe and eco-friendly home-made cleaning products online.
Going Green is not hard and it’s better for you and better for the planet. It can save you money too. Save money being eco-friendly while you stay down-to-earth connecting with nature and saving the world at the same time.
By Daniel P. Martin