How to Start Going Green Immediately
So you want to go green? Great! Now, where do you start? Living green is a lifelong journey, but there are things you can do today to take the first steps toward a green lifestyle.
If you aren’t already recycling, there is no better time to start than now! What you can recycle and how it varies from place to place, so make sure you check your local recycling guidelines. Keeping non-recyclable goods out of the recycle bin helps save time and cost when items are being sorted at the recycling center.
Switch to Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy and can last over 20 times longer than traditional bulbs! The average household can save over $200 by making the switch to LED. Using tools like timers and dimmers for your lights can reduce your energy usage even more!
Even when turned off, electronics can still consume energy. Unplugging unused devices can immediately help cut down on your energy use. Investing in power strips or smart plugs can help make this task a little easier!
Lower the Temperature of your Water Heater
Use Mindful Washing Practices
Items like jeans and sweaters can usually be worn a few times before they really need to be washed. About 75-90% of the energy your washer uses goes toward heating the water, so when it’s time to wash, use cold water to conserve energy and lower utility bills. Take it a step further by hanging your clothes to dry!
Avoid disposable products
Paper plates and plastic silverware may be convenient, but single-use products like these can create a lot of waste, so try to avoid these things where you can. If you want to go the extra mile, you can invest in portable straws and silverware to bring along with you when you go out to eat.
By buying from local growers and butchers, you not only support your community but also cut down on the cost and energy it takes to transport these products. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, try growing some produce yourself! It doesn’t get any more local than your own backyard.
Let the Grass Grow
Many prefer a well-groomed lawn, but don’t be afraid to wait a little longer between each mow. This cuts down on cost and emissions from using your mower and provides a landscape where local plants and insects can thrive!
Living green has incredible benefits for you, your community, and the world. By using even one of these tips, you are contributing to a global movement toward a greener future. The Earth and all of its inhabitants thank you!