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Going Green the Easy Way

May 13, 2008
Global warming is an increasing problem for those of us who are concerned about our planet's future. Therefore, many people are starting to turn to green living practices to help save our planet and keep it healthy for future generations. When you get involved in green living, it will affect every aspect of your life, from mowing your lawn to driving to work.

It's a daunting prospect to switch to green living all at one time, and this might actually scare some people away from taking on these most important earth friendly changes. However, you can start slowly, so that you ease into green living and will still help positively impact the earth's environment.

For some cities, air pollution is a major dilemma. Although much of it is produced by factories, there are many other factors that contribute to global warming. Copious quantities of pollutants are emitted from automobiles. Our ozone is being ripped apart as each car driving through city streets is emitting pollutants.

If you have lots of traffic driving around your city streets, the amount of pollutants emitted by your car is multiplied by the number of cars driving around you. What does this mean in terms of our earth? These types of pollutants help destroy the ozone layer, among other things. To help save the environment, start by walking when you can instead of taking the car, carpooling, or even purchasing a hybrid vehicle if you're in the market for a new car.

Even small modifications to your everyday routine can grant a respite to the earth that will benefit future generations. For example, start by taking a look through your home to see what kinds of green changes you can make. A simple place to begin is with the type of light bulbs you use.

Standard bulbs that are currently being used in many households contribute to higher electricity bills and also damage our environment with excessive carbon dioxide. By simply exchanging your old standard bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs, you can cut down your electricity bill and also help reduce environmental pollution.

Keep out cold drafts by sealing any openings around windows and doors in order to save you more money. To aid in decreasing costs in the winter, be certain the house is well insulated. The fewer instances of a furnace or heater being over utilized, the better off you, others, and our environment will be.

It might be worthwhile to inspect your home appliances. Are they consuming way too much energy? If you are using an older model, your answer will most likely be yes. Ways to help the environment, other than the changes in the appliances you use, involve your own habits and actions.

Do you open the oven door several times to check and see if something is done? The harder an appliance has to work, the harder it is on the environment. If you keep opening the oven door, the temperature will drop almost 25 degrees. It will then have to work harder to get back to the original temperature.

One of the things you should also be doing a regular basis is recycling. Buy as much as you can that says "recycled" on it, and recycle your own waste as much as you can, too. Don't use non-recyclable items such as Styrofoam cups whenever possible. The less that must be tossed into landfills, the better.

These small changes may seem like they couldn't help much for the environment, but they can help tremendously. Every little bit we do is a much-needed step toward reserving natural resources for our future generations. Get involved with the environment and start to make a difference in the practice of green living for our earth.
About the Author
Pat Lowe is editor of the Home and Garden Section at i-KnowHow | Information for Life, where you'll also find ideas and tips for hobbies, family, personal finance, technology basics and much more.
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