How 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 time.
There are 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.
Environmental pollution 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 save
a. If you
to do any home improvement job around the house, check
Craigslist for cabinets, rugs, appliances, furniture, or
even used tools.
checking out a few garage sales to help in that home remodeling
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.
d. We found
these site on the Internet that give ideas for home made and
gift giving as well as Green
- Shop at your local
farmers’ market. 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.
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
on public transportation in your area. Taking the bus or car
pooling can save money and produces less pollution in the long
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.
your thermostat 2 or 3 degrees lower in the winter can translate
to substantial savings on your utility bills plus it saves
low-flow showerheads, set your water heater lower, and take
shorter showers to save
water and the energy used to heat it. Consider installing a
solar hot water heater.
E-waste 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
mercury and other toxic substances they contain.
washing clothes always wash in cold water and use a drying rack
Friendly...Think twice about buying new
Friendly...Use your local library and other
- Keep your electronics as long as
possible and dispose of them
- Recycle your cell phone and
- Ask your local government to set
up a responsible recycling and
hazardous waste collection event.
- Buy rebuilt computers. You’ll
save money and the earth.
- Borrowing from libraries instead
of buying personal books and movies will save money and
- Buy products that are concentrates
and ad your own water. You’ll save money and it’s less
- Use cloth not disposable!
Green...Water on the go.
Composting helps reduce the amount of waste you send
to the landfill and it’s a great fertilizer.
- Filter your own tap water for
drinking rather than using bottled water. Bottled water
is expensive and it produces large amounts of container
- Check out this recent
life cycle analysis for the latest on bottled water
This is just a sampling of the things you
can do that will make a difference. Be creative and add to the
list yourself. It’s all worth it in the long run!
Written by Diane
Diane is a mother of
2, grandmother of 4, and the author of
http://www.wahmhotline.com Diane has been a
successful entrepreneur for 20 years developing both off
line and online businesses. She is dedicated to
helping women and is a personal success coach.
She has a passion for helping parents with health issues,
and much more.
She is also dedicated to helping women in business and moms
who would like to work from home successfully.