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‘Going Green’ – A Practical Approach

Going green is a term that is tossed around by different people. Its definition is often changed to fit one’s opinion. Some say conservation, while others reply renewable. The argument can go on and on. But, no matter who wins the debate, the fact of the matter is humans are and will always be consumers. We will always use and need resources. While this is the truth, we cannot escape the fact that we are on one planet and this means that our resources our limited. It is important that we take charge of this and change our own ways. We cannot wait for the government to make the changes for us. It should be something we can do on our own.

Here are a few practical ways to ‘go green’:

Use Less, Buy Less, and Waste Less

Be a conscious buyer. Buy things that you will only use for a long time. According to a study made, only 1 percent of what you buy today will still be in use 6 months later. That means you will be putting to waste 99 percent of what you buy from packaging to even the unit you have. While there are some things that we need, it is critical that we are not caught up in a cycle of shopping for the sake of shopping.

 

Spend to Save

Cost versus savings is often an idea that is superseded by time. If you want to really find the true value of your savings, you need to look at it from a long-term perspective. One reason people end up paying more and replacing things often is that they only see things in short-term. Some things may initially cost less but might cost you a lot more as years go by in replacements. For instance, if you are building a home, invest in adding thicker insulation. This might be an added expense but it is one easy way to lower your energy bills in heating and cooling.

Investing in Green Energy

Solar panels are good ideas to have, but not everyone will be able to afford the cost, installation and maintenance. However, if it is available in your area, you can opt to appropriate your electricity costs to more renewable sources. Electric companies like AGL in Australia supply renewable power to homes in Queensland. By signing up to these green programs, one can choose how much of their home will be powered by electricity from renewable energy. In turn the money one invests goes into financing, building, and maintaining renewable energy power programs.

The truth is saving the environment cannot simply be done in 3 steps. While recycling, reducing, and reusing helps, there are a lot more things needed for use to truly ‘go green’. It is still a long journey to living in a green society. But, like all journeys, we need to make the first step.

Author Bio

Gene Armstrong is an energy expert based in Australia. He specializes in knowledge about energy efficiency and green energy.

Practical Ways to Help the Environment

We all want to give mother nature a break from time to time, but quite often we don’t know where to start, or what we can do that will actually make a difference.  Here’s a few ways that you can easily and effectively help our environment, and with your help, and maybe with the help of some friends, we can all make a positive impact on reducing our carbon footprint.

Plug Up The Leaks

This is a particularly important course of action for those who live in an old home, or a home with a large attic space. Heat rises, and during the winter it can escape through the smallest cracks and crevices of your attic, windows and even chimneys. Buying some insulation will well be worth the money you will save on your heating bill, and you can significantly reduce the amount of natural gas you use on a yearly basis.

Change Your Thermostat

Just changing your home thermostat by a few degrees in the summer and winter can reduce energy and natural gas consumption. During the winter, bundle up a bit more in the day and lower the thermostat by night. It’s actually healthier to sleep in a moderately chilly home and under the covers at night. During the summer, leave the windows open. Not only will it cut back on your electricity bill, it will help improve circulation through your home and reduce the number of colds you and your family will get.

Change Your Other Thermostats

Believe it or not, you have more than one thermostat in your home. Take a look at your water heater and refrigerator and freezer. Read what the recommended temperature settings are for each of them and adjust them accordingly.  You can more than likely tell if you should adjust those settings if your showers can be painfully hot when cranked up too high or if your beverages come close to freezing when in the fridge.

Here’s an Idea: Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs are much better than they were just a few years ago. They appear more natural, last much longer than traditional light bulbs, and are finally cost effective to buy. Each bulb may be a few bucks more expensive then the bulbs you’ve been buying your entire life, but you will be happy you bought them once you look at your electricity bill. When you think about it, light bulbs haven’t changed much since their invention. It’s time to buy 21st century light bulbs and save some serious money.

It’s Warm Out, Do Some Gardening

Now that spring is finally here, and summer is just around the corner, you can bust out the shovels and do some gardening. Not only do natural trees and plants look nice around your property, they can act as a shield or barrier from the outside elements. Trees in particular can help block sunlight and wind that can put a dent in your heating and electric bill. Trees also help improve mental health, increase property values, reduce noise pollution, and they trap CO2 emissions.

Doing your part to help the environment is not as difficult as it seems, and it’s quite apparent that it can save you some money. You can learn about more practical ways to save the environment and your money by networking with others eco-friendly people through social media and other networking groups and organizations.

This article was contributed by PM Environmental, offering Phase I environmental site assessment services across the United States.