Green Living Today in Easy Changes

There are a number of ways to living green. You don’t need to start out by completely living off of the grid in order to have an eco-friendly life. Living green means being aware of those small things you do every day which impact the planet. Making a few simple changes in your life can make some big steps toward living green. We at PaydayLoansCashAdvance have put together a number of green living tips that will help you start out in the right direction. Adopt some or all of these tips and begin living a life that’s healthier for the planet.

Taking Greener Steps at Home

There are several things you can do in the home to create a green living lifestyle. Recycling is one activity that can have a big impact on the planet. Begin by noticing throughout your day what you are throwing in the trash. Often, there are ways to give items we throw away a second life by finding unique ways to use them differently.

Reuse and Recycle

  • If you use a lot of candles in your home, save old candles that you would normally throw away and melt them down to create new candles. It’s easy to do and if you have children it will be a fun family project. There are various molds you can use and you can add scents and colors to create new candle designs.
  • A little bit of cloth, webbing and paint can freshen up old lawn furniture instead of throwing them away and buying new furniture. These are usually the parts of the furniture that wear out first. The frames themselves are often in good shape.
  • Use the plastic bags you get from the store to store things in around the house like cleaning rags. Use them to line trash cans. These bags can’t be recycled so finding other uses for them is a smart thing to do.
  • Instead of throwing away old books and magazines, donate them to a school or library. Some community centers, coffee shops and teen centers maintain reading material for customers so they may be a good outlet.
  • Cut up old cotton clothing to use as rags instead of using disposable paper towels. These can be laundered and reused over and over.
  • Switch to rechargeable batteries. Landfills are full of discarded batteries. Newer high-capacity rechargeable batteries hold their charge for longer and can be recharged thousands of times before wearing out.
  • Make it a habit every season (4 times a year) to go through the clothes closet and remove items that are in good condition but are no longer worn. Donate these to a charitable organization. Children outgrow their clothes quickly, and they are some of the items in most demand by relief groups and charities.
  • Old paint, lumber and construction supplies may be donated to organizations that do home repair for those in need. Old tools that are still functional may be donated as well.
  • Large items like kitchen appliances, washers and dryers, and even automobiles can be donated to charitable organizations. They will often pick these items up at your home. The items will be refurbished and given a second life. Note: These donations are sometimes tax deductible, so be sure to look into that as well.

Smart About Garbage

When you have reused everything around the house you can think of, there are still ways to reduce the amount of garbage your household produces.

  • If your area recycles, create separate places in which to put the recyclable items and the true garbage. Your goal is to reduce the amount in the garbage container while increasing the recycling container.
  • Pay attention to the packaging of the food you purchase. Buy items with minimal packaging. Write companies to complain about large packaging created to hold a small amount of food. The energy required to manage the waste may be more than the nutritional benefits of the food that package contains.
  • Buying food in bulk, portioning it and repackaging at home can save waste and money.
  • If you have a garden, begin a compost heap. This is a great way to recycle the energy from food scraps and leftovers.
  • The convenience of paper coffee cups, plastic water bottles and disposable razors just adds to the landfill. Reusable items help reduce waste and can save you money on items you use every day.

Other Green Living Tips for the Home

  • Replace or repair water faucets that drip or don’t turn off completely. The water wasted can add up to a gallon or two every day. A leaking toilet that “runs” constantly also wastes water. Check and replace the flapper valves in the toilet.
  • Also check any water faucets outside of the house. Disconnect any hoses when not in use. If you leave an outside faucet on with a hose connected, the hose can easily leak and waste water.
  • Caulk or replace seals around windows and doors to reduce the loss of heat/cool which adds to your electric/gas bill.

Green at Work

  • Cut down on printing as much as possible. Print on both sides of the paper when you can. Save scrap paper for notes. Buy recycled printer and copier paper in bulk.
  • Bring your own coffee cup instead of using paper or, even worse, Styrofoam cups provided by the company. If you take your lunch, use a reusable lunch bag and food containers that can be washed and reused.

Green Driving

A few simple actions will help reduce your use of fossil fuels which will save money and pollution.

  • Whenever you can, don’t drive. Walk to the market. Take the bus or carpool to work. Bicycle to meet a friend for lunch.
  • Get the most mileage out of a tank of gas in your car by cleaning the air filter, making sure the tires are filled per manufacturer’s directions and removing unnecessary weight from the trunk.

There are many simple steps that you can take every day to adopt a green living lifestyle. Many will save you money. All will save wear and tear on the planet. You’ll be making a big impact by doing more with less. That’s good for everybody.

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