Easy Steps to Going Green

Easy Steps to Going Green
You may be hearing about going green more frequently these days. Indeed, becoming more environmentally friendly in your everyday life is an admirable goal. But how can you do so without stressing your already thin budget, or causing undue stress in your life? Here are some suggestions that are easy on the wallet and on your time.

Drink More Water

The single-use plastic water bottles that are commonly sold at grocery stores take a remarkable amount of energy to make and end up crowding our landfills. Instead, buy a reusable water bottle for your on-the-go beverages. This will help your health as you consume more water than normal, and will keep our planet going a bit longer. Nalgene sells BPA-free plastic water bottles for around $10, and they come in fun colors, too.

Are you a fan of filtered drinking water rather than tap water? Brita sells water pitchers with built-in filters for only $21, or you can install a Brita filter directly onto your faucet for only $19.

Park Your Car

Instead of jumping in your car every morning, pedal your way to the office. You'll get exercise every day, and you will spare our atmosphere the extra carbon monoxide caused by vehicle emissions. Plus, think of the money you'll save by not filling your tank every week.

If riding a bike causes concerns over the weather or your attire, consider your town's public transportation system. Most major cities have bus or train routes that access the business districts.

Power Down

When you leave a room in your house, turn off the lights, TV, radio or computer. Just turning off your computer monitor saves a huge amount of energy every day. With this simple action, you'll save on your electricity bill and help the power plants work less to that generate our energy.

Be a Little Messy

When you grab a quick dinner out, don't grab the standard 1-inch-thick stack of napkins. When you do, you only use one or two and the rest end up in the trash without being used. By taking only one napkin, you'll cut down on what the restaurant orders and on what the paper industry produces.

You can apply this idea in your household as well. Invest in a few dish towels that you can use to wipe up spills instead of using paper towel. Again, you'll save on paper towels at the grocery store, and you will help keep trees pushing oxygen in to our atmosphere.

Article Written By Emily Crespin

Emily Crespin manages logistics for a wilderness education program in the Colorado Rockies. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology and a Master's in communications and public relations. Crespin has been a freelance writer and technical editor since 2008.

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