What’s Green?

Have you ever asked yourself, “what’s green?”

To go “green” means to seek for knowledge and practices geared towards an environmentally friendly lifestyle which can help protect the environment’s natural resources (more info). To accomplish a green lifestyle it does not require you to spend loads of money on expensive items such as solar panels. All you have to do is make simple changes to your everyday life. Three important objectives to change in your everyday life are energy, materials, and purchasing.


Energy

 

Change the way you use energy in your everyday life. You need to improve efficiency and reduce consumption (read more).

  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs: These bulbs – now available to fit many light fixtures – use just a quarter of the electricity of regular incandescent bulbs. Plus, they last up to 10 times longer, Yarrow says in 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth.
  • Turn off the lights: If you or others in your household are forgetful, install movement sensors so lights only activate when needed. Another way to save energy is to install automatic timers for lights frequently left blazing in empty rooms.
  • Set cooling and heating temperatures correctly: Your refrigerator and freezer are probably the biggest electrical energy consumers in your house. Take steps to make sure they’re not working harder than necessary. Fridges do their job at around 37 F. Freezers set at -3 F keep things nice and frosty. Be sure to close the fridge and freezer doors. Leaving them open for just a few extra seconds wastes a lot of energy. Get an electronic thermostat so your furnace heats your home to a lower temperature while the family sleeps and returns it to a toastier temperature before you get out of bed. In the winter, set your thermostat at 68 F in the day and 55 F at night. In the summer, keep it at 78 F. Water heaters work most efficiently between 120 and 140 F.”

Materials

 

You have to use sustainable materials to eliminate waste (more info).

  • Choose non-toxic cleaners: Find eco-friendly alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners, which can cause health problems and pollute the environment as well. Several brands of non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products are available at both natural grocery shops and chain stores. Or make your own: Baking soda is a cheap and effective all-purpose cleaner, scourer, polisher, and fungicide. Switch to natural disinfectants such as tea tree oil or citrus oils. Try borax and white vinegar as a toilet bowl cleaner.”
  • Use cloths instead of cleaners: Skip the cleaning products altogether and switch to micro fiber cloths designed to attract dirt on their own. Used damp, the cloths clean most surfaces like glass, stainless steel, brass, wood, and ceramics. When dry, they give off a natural positive charge, which attracts dust. Simply wash the cloths after each use, and you can reuse them again and again.”

Purchasing

 

Purchase products and services that are environmentally friendly (read more).

  • Use durable goods: Ditch disposable razors for reusable ones. Swap plastic cups and paper plates for ceramic ones. Choose reusable food containers over plastic wrap. Choose rechargeable batteries over the conventional single-use kind.
  • Buy recycled products: Look on labels for products – like writing paper and toilet tissue – with the greatest percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Choose food items like cereals and crackers packaged in recycled cardboard.”

Source – (25 Ways to Create a Green and Healthy Home)