Whether you consider yourself a tree-hugger or you actually like to drive your gas-guzzling SUV, you may be at least a little concerned with the environment. Are we going to run out of fossil fuels? Is global warming threatening the polar ice caps?
Are we creating unsolvable problems for our children and future generations? It’s easy to feel worried about the future of our planet, but it’s also easy to be overwhelmed with how much needs to be done. It can feel like our meager efforts won’t make much of a difference. Is it even worth it to try? The good news is that it’s getting easier and easier to make the choice to go green at home – easier AND more affordable.
Here are 10 ways you can choose to go green that won’t break the bank or completely change your lifestyle!
- Solar Panels. This is the absolute best choice for going green AND saving money, and it doesn’t change your lifestyle at all! Unless you think eliminating your power bill is a lifestyle change. Once your solar panels are purchased, installed, and working you really never have to think about them again!
- Switch to green cleaners. There are plenty of inexpensive grocery store options that work just as well as your name brand cleaners that are more toxic and polluting.
- Say NO to plastic water bottles. Invest in stainless steel, glass, or nice reusable plastic water bottles for your family and encourage everyone to fill and reuse them, rather than buy and dump hundreds of plastic bottles a year.
- Check your insulation. Your AC is working hard to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter – don’t waste that energy! Check to see if your windows are properly sealed, and invest in siding or increased insulation.
- Donate instead of dump. Landfills are a problem, especially the energy and emissions they cause. Donate everything you can and try to only throw away actual trash.
- Choose fragrance-free or naturally scented products. Artificial scents are created with harmful chemicals that can be bad for you and the ecosystem when they are flushed away. Try as often as possible to choose fragrance free, natural, or essential oil scented fragrances and cosmetics.
- Try Meatless Monday. Skipping meat in favor of produce for just one meal a week can make a big difference in decreasing the greenhouse gases produced by livestock farms.
- Choose smart meats & veggies. When you buy meats and produce, look for options that limit hormones, antibiotics, or the animal’s range. This supports healthy and green practices.
- Stop Microwaving plastic. Choose a glass or ceramic bowl or plate instead of plastic when microwaving your leftovers to decrease the pollution that comes from heating plastics.
- Decrease the use of pesticides, opt for green bug sprays when you need them. Pesticides and bug sprays are particularly harmful chemicals to have in and around your home. Prevent bugs by sealing holes and doorways and keeping crumbs off your floors. If you do need pest control choose a green option – there are plenty!