No, It Doesn’t.
Too often going green is thought of as a choice made by only hippies or the wealthy. The good news is that going green doesn’t mean you have to drive a hybrid car or shop at a fancy health food store in your organic cotton, fair trade Recycle or Bust! t-shirt.
Think for a moment about the original green advocates: your grandparents or great grandparents. Living in the shadow of the Great Depression, they were incredibly frugal – which coincided perfectly with green. So many of the things they did to save water, electricity and money make great lessons for us today.
Change a Few Habits and Think Long Term
The key is to recycle, reuse, upcycle and reduce waste in every area of your life – not just your plastic bottles and junk mail. There are plenty of free and inexpensive ways to go green all around you.
The least expensive way to reduce water consumption is through better habits!
- Don’t let it run!
- Stop leaks
- Don’t over water gardens and lawns
- Use less hot water
- Find out where your water comes from
A small investment in a few simple devices will save you in the long term.
- Faucet aerators
- Low flow shower heads
- Rain barrels (see our previous article about how much they can save you!)
The best way to use less electricity is by changing your habits!
- Turn off your lights when they’re not in use
- Turn off devices when not in use
- Adjust your thermostat
Plus, get a few helpful devices. A small investment upfront will save you in the long term.
- Motion control light switches
- Smart power switches
- Improve insulation
- Donate unwanted items to a local charity
Save: Real Estate
Green building doesn’t need to cost more.
- Going green actually increases real estate value
- ENERGY STAR® certification can increase your home’s market value
More Ways to Save
- Grow some of your own food
- Hang dry your clothes
- Make your own green cleaning products
- Drink your tap water instead of buying bottles
- Increase your fuel efficiency
What’s your favorite way to save? Tell us in the comments!
—The EnergyEarth Team
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