Going Green This 2014
For 2014, how about we all go green – or go greener perhaps if you already started on your green living lifestyle!!!
Sounds great, right? Well, it is! Adopting a greener lifestyle saves the planet and saves you money as well – so really, it’s a win-win situation here!
With a few ideas, a little nudge, a little getting used-to and you’re all well on your way to going green.
Accountable for our own actions
Considering that the effects of climate change are undeniably being felt around the world today, it’s about time we start getting ourselves accountable for our own actions (or shall we say non-action?).
It’s true that the world continues to change and will continue evolving, but the way we callously living on this planet is a big contributing factor in accelerating these changes in ways that are putting so many lives in peril.
What you may be doing (or not doing) right now may seem like a small fraction considering the current state of our environment but remember that big changes starts from small actions. A movement comes from the collective effort to create such changes.
A simple effort to go greener will come a long way in saving our planet - that is for sure.
Green living tips for a greener 2014
So, are you ready? Here are a few tips to get you started on your green transformtaion:
Be wary of your energy consumption
- Mind the lights whenever you vacate a room. Make it a habit to turn off the lights once you leave a room, better yet, make use of natural lights!
- Turn your appliances off when not in use. Turning the ‘off’ switch oftentimes just puts it on standby mode – see that red and or green light? You have to unplug it.
- Use the washing machine or dishwasher wisely. Make sure that your laundry/dirty dishes are enough to fit one loading. Seriously, if it’s just a piece or two, you better just hand wash it.
- Opt for energy saving appliances whenever possible, it may cost a little more at first but it’ll save you more money in the long run.
- Consider using pail or bucket when cleaning your car.
- Take shorter shower, it’ll save you water and energy for the heater as well.
- As mentioned above, use your washing machine and dish washer wisely, one loading of these appliances consume so much water.
- Make it a habit to shut close faucets when not in use ‘yet’ say for example when brushing your teeth – you don’t have to keep the water running as you brush your teeth.
Use your car sparingly
- Take any chance you can get to just ‘walk’ or even run. It’s healthier, saves you gas and spare the air of pollutants as well.
- Consider taking public transportation or taking a lift instead.
- Bicycle! Turn into biking!
- Buy from your local farmer’s market
- Opt for organically grown produce – it’s healthier both for you and the environment!
- Make use of your kitchen, cook your own food!
- Buy only when you really have to.
- Consider garage sales or buying secondhand products online.
- Opt for products made from recyclable materials.
Skip bottled waters
- Invest in a good water purifier instead.
- Bring your water canister/jug wherever you go.
Recycle, reduce, reuse
- Make it a habit. Throwaways or disposable items sound convenient but recycling, reducing and reusing is way cooler!!!
- Opt for recyclable materials, skip plastics. Remember, plastics are forever, they don’t biodegrade.
- Make use of your creativity and think outside the box – what may seem like a trash may not after all a trash yet!
Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer! She teaches for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too! This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green! She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean. And she has a pitbull named Irie.
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