Clean Green. By just switching to green household cleaning chemicals instead of those ones that fill the house up with odors, can help you breath better and it’s much better for the environment. The old cleaners are filled with VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) that are very harmful to breath in, that’s why they recommend using them with the windows open. During this time of year, you don’t want your windows open since its too cold outside, so stay safe and avoid these. Your family will appreciate it too!
Adjust your thermostat. Energy savings can be achieved by lowering the temperature 1-10 degrees when you are not at home, or during your sleep times during the winter. We all love to snuggle on the couch with blankets during this time of year so get cozy and save some energy!
Switch to CFL’s if you haven’t already. Electricity generation is the number one cause of global warming today. But how can you make a difference? It’s as easy as screwing in a new light bulb today. If you’re not already using compact fluorescent lights, it would be a wise investment in your budget and for the environment. If every household in the U.S. replaced just ONE incandescent light bulb with an energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would eliminate the equivalent of the emissions created by one million cars. And that’s only one bulb per household! Most homes have 15-30 bulbs. And CFL’s last 5-7 years, much longer than incandescent.
Garden! The best way to get fresh fruits and vegetables without paying for them. No need to rush to the grocery store for tomatoes making your brushetta. No need to worry about not having the right seasoning, keep an indoor spice garden in your kitchen! They look so beautiful for being so practical!
Green doesn’t have to cost more. There is a misnomer that green products cost more. Most of it doesn’t! Below are some examples:
Bamboo doesn’t cost anymore than hardwood alternatives
Water based finishes don’t cost more than chemicals
Bio-hybrid foam used to cost more than Poly foam, now it is the same or less! Many manufacturers are switching completely.
Recycled content is cheaper usually because production costs are lower
If you find green products that cost more than other products, this is likely related to quality rather than just materials. A smart man once told me that a Mercedes will always cost more than a Chevy, and the same theory relates to furniture manufacturers as well. Nearly any product has a good, better, best selling strategy, you just have to learn more about it.
Reusable shopping bags are our friends. By now, you can’t go to most retail locations without seeing the option to spend a dollar or two on reusable shopping bags. This is definitely worth the investment! We use them for our grocery shopping, necessities, and we are even starting to see a lot of people travel with them since they are so convenient and durable. Plastic bags have notoriously caused issues for our oceans and landfills, so stop buying with plastic, and start re-using!
Aluminum is the most common recycled element on the planet. It is the most common form of recycling and it uses 95% less energy to recycle than paper products. So get out there and recycle your old soda pop or beer cans! Some states, like Michigan where we live, require $10 cent deposits per can, and in return, you get your money back when you take them back to the recycling centers!
Get your families involved in recycling and doing what they can to help conserve our environment.
Did you know that 20% of the population is not doing anything special to help the environment because they are skeptical? Most of these skeptics are our Mom’s and Dad’s or older family members. The more people who are informed, the more we can all make a difference.
Learn more about what Michigan is doing about recycling.