You hear it on TV and the radio all the time, “Go Green!” The proclamation makes you a little uneasy so you always ad it to your ‘To Do’ list, but what does it actually mean? “Going Green” means enacting practices and procedures that lead to environmental friendly decisions resulting in an individual living a more ecologically responsible lifestyle. Sure, it sounds like a nice idea but what can you do? I mean, you’re only 1 person! Well, the good news is that I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of quick and easy things you can do to help you “Go Green.”
Around The House
Your kids already think you’re nag, so why not add a couple more things to the list in order to help the environment?Everyone knows it’s important to conserve water, especially if you live in California. From now on, tell your kids to turn off the water while they’re brushing their teeth, turn off the TV after they watch a show, and turn off their consoles when they’re done playing video games- these little tip alone could save you up to $100 a year. Another great way to save money is to switch to Energy Star light bulbs and products; they will conserve a lot of energy and reduce your electric bill. You’ll also save money off your electric bill when you change your computer to Sleep mode anytime you leave for longer than 20 minutes. The following tips are common sense but we could all use a little refresher. When you go to bed, or leave home, turn your computer off. When you leave the room, make sure to turn off all your lights. If possible, plug your TV & Cable Box or your computer and printer to a UL Certified Power Strip- that way, you can easily turn off the strip every night before bed or whenever you leave home for a trip or vacation with the push of a button. Bonus points if you lower your thermostat during the winter and increase it during the summer.
Drive less. When possible, walk, bike or take public transportation. At the end of the day, your wallet will thank you as will your body with all the calories you’ll be burning! If you need to drive to go to work or school, think about organizing a carpool. If you keep these little tips in mind, you’ll be helping the environment by consuming less fuel and lowering your state’s carbon emissions.
This is a no brainer. I first learned about recycling from my favorite Saturday morning childhood cartoon, Captain Planet. Whether at home or at the office, recycle. Many of the things you throw into the bin, such as bottles and cans, can be redeemed for cash when you take them to your nearest Recycling Center. You’ll not only be saving the planet but also putting a little money in your pocket. The power is yours!
Bring your own bags. Whether you’re going to the grocery store, pharmacy or local Farmer’s Market, bring your own bag. You’ll save a little money by not having to pay for your own paper or plastic bag. Trader Joe’s have great shopping bags at really affordable prices. Pick a bag that reflects your personality and individuality. Have fun with it!
You can tenfold your effort and contributions by taking your Green initiatives to your workplace. Speak to your Office Manager about recycling at the office if you don’t already do so and have him or her send out an email about organizing carpools to and from work. Ask your Office Coordinator to think about transitioning to sustainable supplies and earth friendly choices. For example, use biodegradable pens and pencils as well as recycle paper. While you’re at it, when possible, print on both the front and back of paper. Avery is a great company that offers a lot of Eco friendly supplies from mailing and shipping labels to binder dividers. Check them out!
Don’t feel overwhelmed or try to do everything all at once. Adopt a couple of these little tips each month, and before you know it, you’ll be absolutely green. After all, this is the only Earth we have and we have to do our part to try and take care of it. Get your kids involved! They love being a part of something that is bigger than themselves. If we all do our part, it will make a world of difference. Pun intended 😉