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How green can you go? 5 ways to become more environmentally friendly

Tuesday, January 21, 2014   by: Greener Ideal

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There is a lot of talk circulating these days about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Doing so helps the environment, can aid in pollution control, and can help conserve power for your community. But being environmentally conscious can do a lot more than all that – it can also help save you money on your energy bills, and in some cases can even earn you money. Below are five easy things you can do to get started on a green life that will help you and the environment at the same time.

Something in the Water

Purchasing a low-flow showerhead is one of the simplest ways to save money. You won’t likely feel much of a difference when you shower, but you’ll see the difference in your water bill. Taking shorter showers can also help to reduce your water bill, and can help conserve water, as well. If you water a garden, try planting as many indigenous and native plants as you can, since these plants are usually draught-resistant and can thrive on minimal water. Installing a faucet aerator on each faucet can also help you save on your water bill, and even on your heating bill.

Turn it Off

When you leave the room, shut off the light. It’s a simple thing to do, but so many people do not turn off the lights in rooms that are not occupied. While it may seem as though one light isn’t taking up that much energy, turn them off and your energy savings will speak for themselves. Use dimmers where you can, since you don’t always require full light, and being able to adjust the amount of light in a room can save you money, as well. Turning the thermometer down just one degree can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill. Studies have been done that examine the psychological factors involved in encouraging community members to save energy, but there’s nothing like saving money to help you remember to flip the switch.

Seal the Heat

Make sure you insulate your loft correctly, and update your insulation from time to time. The majority of the heat in your home escapes through your loft, so by trapping it in at the exit point, you can help keep more heat in and reduce your energy bills in the process. Quality window treatments and skylights are also great ways to control the heat and light in your home and, if need be, wall insulation can help, as well.

Recycle

Recycling can be easy and fun. All you have to do is pick up a few coloured rubbish bins, like the ones you can find at ImRubbish, and designate one colour for each type of rubbish. Not only can you help save the environment by recycling, but you can earn money, as well. Just take your recyclables to your local recycling centre, and you can earn money for the things you’ll be throwing out anyway.

Grow Your Veggies 

Meat production is one of the leading causes of environmental pollution, and the more demand for meat there is, the more toxic fumes will be pumped into the environment to keep up with it. If you can’t bring yourself to go vegetarian or vegan, commit to “Meatless Mondays” or some other day of the week where you commit to not eat meat. It’s only one day out of the week, but it can make a difference in the environment. Start a vegetable garden in your backyard and grow your own food. Not only is it much healthier for you, but making it a family affair can be fun and rewarding. It’s also a great activity with which to teach your children about environmental responsibility.

There are many simple and easy ways to save energy, from unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use to growing a garden and beyond. Most of these environmentally friendly behaviours save you money, as well, and the small changes you make can result in big improvements to the quality of the air you breathe. Involve your entire family in the process, as making it a team effort not only increases your chance of success, but provides a way for your family to grow closer, as well.

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