There are many benefits of going green, the most obvious being that it helps save the Earth. It’s the overall point of going green and it is the biggest benefit. Another great benefit is your health. Going green in your house cuts down on the harmful affects of commonly used household cleaners and pesticides.
Other benefits of going green is that it will save you money in the long run. Sometimes, the long run doesn’t help the short run but your pocket book will thank you eventually. Cutting home energy costs and increasing the gas mileage on your car are just two of the hundreds of things that will save money.
Going green is also beneficial to our poor economy. Buy local, whenever possible. Buy local produce and help a farmer stay in business. Hire a construction team to install solar panels. Recycle; not just plastic and glass but electronics. Find creative ways to re-use old household items.
Another great benefit for going green is simply that it feels good. Going green just makes sense and you will feel better knowing you are reducing your carbon footprint and trying to leave a better planet for future generations. Here are some ideas on how to go green in your household.
1. Plant an herb garden. Find a spot, near your kitchen, that gets at least six hours of sun a day. Some of the most commonly used herbs are basil, sage, cilantro, parsley, oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme, chives, and sweet marjoram. Plant your seeds and wait for your delicious, homegrown herbs.
2. Switch your light bulbs to CFLs. This one is easy. CFL bulbs can be found at nearly any store and use 75% less energy. Target, Home Depot, and standard grocery and hardware stores keep these in stock regularly.
3. Stop using disposable bags. The best re-usable bags that will last you the longest can be found at Dollar General and Target stores for just $1.
4. Pay your bills online. Save a tree. No more paper bills means less you have to put through the shredder later.
5. Make your own household cleaners. Websites like www.eartheasy.com and www.thedailygreen.com have simple recipes for making your own household cleaners. Don’t have time? No problem. Check out Green Works from Clorox or Seventh Generation products.
6. Line dry your laundry. No need for a dryer when you’ve got a natural dryer right outside! And the wonderful smell the sun leaves on your line-dried clothes & linens will make your nose grateful.
7. Switch to shade-grown coffee with the “Fair Trade” label.
8. Combine all your errands for the week in one trip. Try to do your getting all your shopping and errands done in one trip. Need to drop off your recycling? Grocery shopping? Combine as much into one trip as possible to cut down on unnecessary gas usage.
9. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot. This one is pretty simple. Go for it.
10. Unplug things that glow at night. Things like our computers, TVs, BluRay players, etc. use up energy even after being turned off. Try connecting them to power strips so you only have to unplug one thing.