We all say that we’re going to do something to make our lives a little bit greener. We all want to be sustainable and self-sufficient, but when we sit down, do the research, we find there are too many obstacles in our way to do anything. It takes too much time, to much energy, and most of all, it takes too much money. Holy cow! How much is it to install a solar panel?
Okay, okay. Easy now. There’s no need to jump straight to solar. As my friend Susan keeps telling me, I have to take small baby steps. There is no reason to jump all in right off the bat. There are lot of things you can do to make your life a lot greener while on a tight budget. Heck, some of these tips will even save you some money!
So, without further ado, here are the Top Ten Green for Little Green tips!
- Florescent bulbs
You have heard this one time and time again. Though they cost a few dollars more than a regular incandescent bulb, it will last for a few years, saving you money on your electricity bill and in trips to the store to buy more bulbs. If you want to go even greener, LED bulbs are getting more popular now, use a fraction of the energy of a florescent bulb and lasts for years. The only issue is upfront cost.
Though a garden might not seem like the biggest step you can take, it’s actually about as big as it gets. With all the food you produce, it’s that much less fuel being used in transport to get it to your table. Also, you’re not using the chemicals that factory farms use. You’re growing your own food, saving fuel, saving water, and the ecosystem by simply planting a seed! A community garden space doesn’t cost too much, either!
I know it might sound like something that we shouldn’t even have to mention anymore, but in all reality, most people don’t do it. They see it as one more step they shouldn’t have to take. Don’t be lazy
You’re not using it? Unplug it! What a lot of people don’t seem to understand is that even when something is unplugged, it’s still consuming electricity. Are you using your microwave? Unplug it if you’re not. That little clock uses quite a bit of energy and can cost you a few bucks a month. Every little bit helps.
- Vinegar and Baking Soda
You’ve been cleaning with all the expensive cleaners made from all sorts of unknown chemicals. Do you really want them in your home? There are tons of natural options that you find right in your kitchen.
- Leave The Car At Home
Walk, bike, or ride the bus. Either way, you’re saving literally tons of fuel and lots of money!
- Hold back on the beef
Cattle-rearing generates more climate changing greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation (UN.org). I’m not saying to give it up, just cut back a little.
- Cut back on showers
I know it sounds gross, but in all reality, if you’re not working out or working outdoors, you only have to shower every other day. This way you’re cutting your water consumption almost in half.
- Buy Local
This can’t be stressed enough. It goes right back to consumption of natural resources
- Turn off the TV
The average American watches 5 hours of TV per day. Turn the stupid thing off and watch your bill drop. Go outside and read a book.