The Most Effective Ways to “Go Green” at Home
With rising concerns about climate change and the ever-increasing dangers we face in the near future, many people are taking it into their own hands to do something to help. There are a ton of ways to “go green,” as the movement has been dubbed. It essentially means a way to support the planet while maintaining a normal lifestyle. With so many tips and hacks on being more eco-friendly, there are a lot of questions about what actually makes a difference. There are a few things that you should really do, even if you can’t do more.
- Buy a hybrid
Now, if your car works perfectly fine and isn’t an old clunker that gets 8 miles a gallon and spews toxic fumes whenever you start it up, keep it. Seriously. Do not buy a new car just for the hybrid label. However, when the day comes that you need a new car, buy a hybrid. They have hybrid SUVs, electric cars, and cars that can get 50+ mpg. Buy used, and save even more money. If everybody owned a hybrid car, we could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, of which passenger vehicles account for about 10%.
- Screw in a Light bulb
How many LED lights does it take to save money on your electric bill? Just one. An LED light can last for over 50,000, while regular light bulbs usually last about 2,000. That’s a lot of extra light for similar overhead cost, and you save money on kilowatts per hour (kw/h on your electricity bill), which makes them less expensive than any other option in the long run.
In addition, more than 95% of an LED bulb is recyclable because of the heavy metals that can be found, like nickel and lead. But you won’t have to think about that much, because they last so long!
- Disposables are for Dummies
This applies to anything you use once and throw away: diapers, plates, napkins, wipes, toothpick “flossers,” razors, and even feminine hygiene products. There are non-disposable options for everything on this list, and more. When you stop filling up the landfills with non-biodegradable items, you save the planet more and more each day. Did you know that it takes an estimated 200-500 years for a single diaper to decompose in a landfill? Instead, you can save money, invest in long-term reusable options, even for things like feminine hygiene! Seriously! There’s no reason to fill a landfill up that people in three centuries might still be dealing with. When you use reusable, quality items, you are saving yourself so much money, time (from shopping for disposables) and health.
It’s important to remember that “going green” is more of a lifestyle change than a new fad. It is something that is here to stay, and that should also be something we teach future generations. It should also not be a marketing campaign to get the most money.
In reality, a truly green product is the one that is most cost-effective, longest lasting, and most simple to use. If you’re considering an option that isn’t any of those things, it’s probably not very “green.”