go green

Everyone wants to go green, to help with their carbon footprint and to give the environment a fighting chance, right?

But you may think that the few changes you make are not enough. But if everyone in your town did those exact changes to go green, then in numbers this can have a huge impact.

Not only can you save the environment by going green, but you can save that green in your wallet as well.

Below are ten great and easy tips to go green, they don't cost any money to start, and with just a few tweaks of your daily habits, these tips will make a difference. If you can afford to replace anything larger, such as appliances or windows then this will make a big difference, but you can start small and work your way up!

Ten Tips To Go Green

1. Invest in some cloth bags to take to the grocery store. You can save on using plastic bags. You can also purchase a cooler bag and put any meats and cold food products right into the cooler bag at the checkout, then into your fridge when you get home. If you were grocery shopping once a week, you could have been taking home up to ten plastic bags or more. Multiply that over a year, and there is one great and simple way to go green.

2. Get a clothesline setup. One for outside and one for inside. This can save you money and the breeze is free!

3. Take the containers from your plants back to the garden center. Most of the garden centers recycle them again for next years plants. Or consider purchasing peat pots that can be planted right into the ground. Although many recycling communities will take the garden center containers, why not take them back the next time you are in the area. I make a point of putting them straight into the trunk of my car as I finish with them.

4. Plant a native garden. By planting plants that thrive in your area, you are not going to need the same amount of watering or fertilizing or fussing over. The best way to do this is to shop at your local garden center to you. Instead of stopping at ones in other towns because you like their plants, stick to your own area. Most likely you don't see those particular plants at your garden center because they are not native to your area. They could be in a different plant zone. This will just take too much time and effort to nurture, which will be counter productive if you want to go green.

5. Come away from that big expanse of green lawn that needs lots of water, fertilizer and cutting. Start taking parts of the yard and plant native wild grasses. Some of these are quite stunning and even have interest in the winter. They require no special care, and can take over parts of your lawn, so that you don't have to cut so much.

6. Programmable Thermostat. This is well worth the investment, you will save money and help to go green. You can program the thermostat to drop a couple of degrees overnight in the winter, and the same with your cooling, you can up the temperature a few degrees, especially when you are not there.

7. Collect rainwater for watering your garden. This is a huge savings. The plants don't need municipally treated water to water them. Rain off your roof is perfect for them. You can rig something up yourself, or you can purchase systems to do this, at your local home improvement store.

8. Invest in some low flow toilets. These types of toilets use a lot less water than the old style ones. Also check with your town as many are giving rebates for the purchase of a low flow toilet if you are on town water. This saves you and the town large amounts of water. This would be a perfect go green project.

9. Unplug when not in use, especially chargers for cell phones etc. They are still pulling electricity if they are plugged in the wall. To go green, means looking at every part of your life, and just making a few tweaks here and there. But in numbers this can have a huge impact.

10. Write to manufacturers of your favorite goods, especially if you feel they have gone overboard on packaging. Find a product with the least amount of packaging. Also try buying in bulk more often and reuse your own containers when you can.

Every little bit helps when you go green. Just by following the above tips in your household, you can imagine how much of an impact this will have on the environment in numbers!

Convince your friends and family to tweak their daily habits to go green. Even just a few of these tips can make a difference. Just think of any changes you can make to go green at home. Look at your energy use. Don't just look at the big picture either, look at all those little things you do that add up. Many people don't realize that it is the little things that can make such a huge impact when changed. Unplugging things when not in use, walking to the store, turning out lights when not in use, wearing a sweater instead of turning up the heat.. This all adds up and reduces your carbon footprint.

Getting rid of plastic bags is huge, and by keeping reusable bags in the car and around the house, you can stop using them altogether. That is just one example.

Try washing your clothes in cool water instead of hot. Save on heating costs, and help to go green. Use laundry soaps that are "green rated" and designed for cold water washing.

Just look at all corners of your life, and make a few changes to begin with then keep adding more. Your wallet will get thicker and your carbon footprint will get smaller. Go green!