Choosing a Greener Lifestyle

Adopting a greener lifestyle saves the planet and saves you money as well – so really, it’s a win-win situation here!  With a few ideas, a little nudge, a little getting used-to and you’re all well on your way to going green.

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Accountable for our own actions

Considering that the effects of climate change are undeniably being felt around the world today, it’s about time we start getting ourselves accountable for our own actions (or shall we say non-action?).

It’s true that the world continues to change and will continue evolving, but the way we callously living on this planet is a big contributing factor in accelerating these changes in ways that are putting so many lives in peril.

What you may be doing (or not doing) right now may seem like a small fraction considering the current state of our environment but remember that big changes starts from small actions.  A movement comes from the collective effort to create such changes.

A simple effort to go greener will come a long way in saving our planet – that is for sure.

Green living tips for a greener lifestyle

So, are you ready?  Here are a few tips to get you started on your green transformation:

Be wary of your energy consumption

  • Mind the lights whenever you vacate a room. Make it a habit to turn off the lights once you leave a room, better yet, make use of natural lights!
  • Turn your appliances off when not in use.  Turning the ‘off’ switch oftentimes just puts it on standby mode – see that red and or green light?  You have to unplug it.
  • Use the washing machine or dishwasher wisely.  Make sure that your laundry/dirty dishes are enough to fit one loading.  Seriously, if it’s just a piece or two, you better just hand wash it.
  • Opt for energy saving appliances whenever possible, it may cost a little more at first but it’ll save you more money in the long run.

Save water

  • Consider using pail or bucket when cleaning your car.
  • Take shorter shower, it’ll save you water and energy for the heater as well.
  • As mentioned above, use your washing machine and dish washer wisely, one loading of these appliances consume so much water.
  • Make it a habit to shut close faucets when not in use ‘yet’ say for example when brushing your teeth – you don’t have to keep the water running as you brush your teeth.

Use your car sparingly

  • Take any chance you can get to just ‘walk’ or even run.  It’s healthier, saves you gas and spare the air of pollutants as well.
  • Consider taking public transportation or taking a lift instead.
  • Bicycle! Turn into biking!

Smart eating

  • Buy from your local farmer’s market
  • Opt for organically grown produce – it’s healthier both for you and the environment!
  • Make use of your kitchen, cook your own food!

Shop wisely

  • Buy only when you really have to.
  • Consider garage sales or buying secondhand products online.
  • Opt for products made from recyclable materials.

Skip bottled waters

  • Invest in a good water purifier instead.
  • Bring your water canister/jug wherever you go.

Recycle, reduce, reuse

  • Make it a habit.  Throwaways or disposable items sound convenient but recycling, reducing and reusing is way cooler!!!
  • Opt for recyclable materials, skip plastics.  Remember, plastics are forever, they don’t biodegrade.
  • Make use of your creativity and think outside the box – what may seem like a trash may not after all a trash yet!

Tips for Living an Eco-friendly Lifestyle

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It would not take too much to adapt an eco-friendly lifestyle, I believe that awareness and education is the key here.  With the advancement of technology our life style changes as well.  From all gadgets and appliances imaginable to newly invented products aimed to make life even more ‘comfortable’ for us.  While we’re choosing ease and comfort ability all the time we’re also harming our planet by leaving carbon footprints with the energy we’re using and trash we’re producing.

Ways to start an eco-friendly lifestyle

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You don’t have to go green all the way all at once, that may overwhelm you and your family and may even result to abandoning the plan all together.  It’s preferable to start small and let yourselves adjust and adapt to the new ways and then gently introduce new green ways from there.

First off, be wary of the disposable items you’re using at home.  From cups to papers to coffee stirrers.  These will accumulate in time and you wouldn’t imagine how much trash this planet will have to deal with from your family’s garbage alone.  You don’t have to eliminate the use of disposable altogether, but let’s say limit using those when you’re out on picnics, when you’re home, make use of your glassware or silverware instead.

Opt for fluorescent light bulbs over incandescent light bulbs.  It may cost more than the latter but you’ll notice the significant decrease in your family’s energy consumption.

Use a water purifier instead of buying bottled water.  You pay for your utility bills so why not make the most of it.  Why pay water bill and then add bottled water to your weekly groceries?  Bring refillable jugs wherever you go so that you won’t have to buy bottled water when you’re out and about.  To give you an idea, line up those empty water bottles in your backyard for one week and see how much trash you have accumulated for that week alone.

Although replacing your appliances with energy saving ones will cost you now, in the long run you’ll benefit from the dollars you’ll be able to save from electricity bills.  Having said that, you don’t have to replace all appliances right this moment especially when you don’t have the budget for that, when one appliance broke make sure that you’ll buy a new one with energy saving features.

Develop a habit of scheduling task to conserve water and energy.  Say for example; have a day designated for washing so that you’ll maximize its use rather than running it whenever you feel like doing the laundry.  Imagine having 4-6 pieces of clothing inside a washing machine with the same amount of water and electricity consumption as you would when running it full load.  The same goes for your dishwasher.  If you only have two or three pieces of dishes to wash, hand wash it instead.

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Always turn off appliances that are not in used and better yet pull the plug off.  Even if you turned off the TV for example, the little light that you can see still consumes energy.  It may seem very minimal but imagine if millions of TV owners would do that, then it becomes substantially important.  Make it habit to turn off the light as soon as you leave a room.  Open your windows and make use of natural lights whenever you can.

Use eco-friendly bags when shopping and try to limit your plastic bag usage as much as possible.  This may come very bothersome to a lot of people but trust me it does becomes easier as you get used to it.  Soon enough you’ll be offering your own bag to put your groceries into rather than the clerk putting it in another plastic bag.

Support your local farmer’s market and buy their produce.  You’ll not just benefit from consuming organic foods but will also support your farmer’s choice of not using chemicals to boosts their harvest and compete with big companies’ produce.

Always opt for all natural products whenever you can.  Start from using natural deodorizer instead of buying the chemically enhanced ones.  Lemons and vinegar is a great natural deodorizer.

Eco-friendly lifestyle is a choice

These tips are just some of the ideas on how to gradually adapt an eco-friendly lifestyle.  You can research or ask friends and colleagues about their own eco-friendly tips that may work for you as well.  Remember that this lifestyle is a choice.  And making this choice is so much easier when you are aware.  As an empowered woman, I try to create as much awareness and reach out to as much people as I can to help protect this planet.

Earth is our only home, the same home that we’re going to leave to our children’s children and their future generations.  Start today and make your choice to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Here’s my video enjoying a time out adoring the beauty of nature:

 

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