10 Simple Green Living Ideas to Help You Save Money

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Why worry about green living, yet they won’t stop manufacturing? This is an excuse you will hear from those who don’t care about the environment. Hardly do they realize that it is not just a matter of conserving the environment but living healthily as well. It means saving money, saving lives, and saving the future. When you save the earth from global warming, you are saving everything including your life. If you assume it is someone’s responsibility why not vacate to Pluto?

The main idea of living green is to make our lives as comfortable as possible, but the main problem with green initiatives is that a lot of stuff is pumped down your throat before you are given time to swallow. I know “change your ways or the world is doomed” is not something you want to hear anymore, but there is a lot you can still do without changing your ways. Probably, you were converted years back without your knowledge and preaching to you here might be a waste of time. Let us just update ourselves about things you need not remember anymore.

  • Recycling is a big buzz word now, but what does it have to do with you? You do not own a recycling plant. OK, you are right, but why not think “reuse” first before thinking recycling? Simple plastic containers can be reused as preserves and storage for things like homemade jam etc. Whatever finds a second use is good for the environment and healthy for your bank.
  • Reduce the amount of waste you throw away by opting for reusable containers for carrying food or water. For instance, washable containers for storing food are preferable to plastic bags. And since a lot of wastes from our homes are from edibles, if you buy supplies in bulk, you will cut down the packaging required. It is quite small if you think in terms of your own household but do consider a billion homes?
  • Cut down on the amount of gas/petrol your car uses by shopping locally so that you don’t have to drive long distances, and using public transport as much as possible. This will not only cut down on the level of carbon footprint you leave but will also save you a lot of money.
  • And while we are on the subject of saving, what kind of energy source do you use in your home? Have you thought of renewable sources like solar? Think of simple things like the number of lights you leave on which you can do without. How about the level of insulation you put in place so that too much heat does not seep out or in when you don’t need it
  • Lots of green living ideas are simple common sense. Walk 5 minutes than take a 2 minute car ride, use your old food as compost for growing organic crops, prepare your own food than buying readymade junk etc. Do a little bit now and a little more tomorrow and you can be sure your effort will be Tsunamic.
  • Buying ethical products by ensuring that the producers follow green codes. If all of us insist on choosing fair trade items, a lot of manufacturers will read the signs and comply with green initiatives.
  • You can also make your own household cleaning products by using simple items like lemon, baking soda, vinegar etc to polish glass, unclog drains and wash dishes.

You want more ideas? Read the next installment. You will be surprised at the number of things you can do to be eco-friendly. None of them requires any effort from you.

Alisia Goodwin is a freelance blogger and currently writes for  Aussiebatteriessolar. Portable fridges by Aussiebatteriessolar and portable fridge freezers by Aussiebatteriessolar are very popular.