As we all know, St. Patrick’s Day is in March and it’s coming up quickly! Since the main color of this holiday is green, we are going to share some easy ways to go green. But you might be asking, why should you go green? Well, it’s better for the environment, your wallet and your health! Also, going green is easy!!
We have a limited amount of resources available and more and more people using them up. If we want our future generations to enjoy the same standard of living we’ve experienced, we need to take action. Here are some ways that you can impact the environment in a positive way and go green:
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy.
- Take shorter showers to reduce water use.
- Walk or bike to work or look into carpooling.
- If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week.
- Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can.
- Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
- Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
- Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.
- Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).
- Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
- Buy rechargeable batteries and learn to dispose of old batteries properly.
- Recycle — all the cool kids are doing it these days!
- If giving away old clothes, make sure you donate them to a charitable organization.