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Green Living, Made Easy

May 13, 2008
People are beginning to turn to green living practices, to help save the planet for their descendants, as global warming continues to pose a danger for the planet's future. All aspects of our lives, including driving to work and mowing our lawns, can be incorporated into to living green.

A sudden change to green living is likely too much for most people, and might discourage them from putting into practice some important eco-friendly moves. The good news is that there are a lot of small ways you can go green and do your part for the environment.

Pollution is a major problem in many areas. Much of it comes from factories, but that's not the only thing contributing to global warming. Automobiles, too, contribute significant amounts of pollution to the air.

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.

These small changes can significantly positively impact the environment and help make it healthy for future generations. There are many other ways to incorporate green living into your life as well, once you take a look around your home. For example, take a look at the kind of light bulbs you use.

Typical incandescent bulbs add up to higher electricity costs and more carbon dioxide. If you exchange even a few of these light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs, you can help save the environment and also save money on your electric bills.

You can also seal any gaps around your windows or doors to keep any cool drafts from going into the house. This can cost you more money. Your house should be well insulated so that you can cut down on energy "escapes," especially during the wintertime. The better insulated your house, the less your furnace will have to run, which will save you money and will save energy, too.

Next, have a look at your appliances. Are they older? If they are, they probably consume much more energy than they need to. Of course, you can replace older models with new ones as the need arises, but this may not always be practical. However, even if you cannot replace all of your appliances now, you can do other things that will help save you energy.

As one example, you might open the oven door several times to check and see if something is done. This wastes energy, since the harder an appliance has worked, the more energy it consumes. This means you waste much more energy, which in turn is hard on the environment. Every time you open the oven door, the temperature drops about 25 degrees. Then it has to consume more energy to get back up 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.

Though these small changes may not seem like they could do much to help the environment, they will actually help a great deal. Even the little things we do will add up in the end and make a substantial difference in the amount of natural resources available for future generations. Embrace the environment, get involved in living green for our earth, and make a difference.
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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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