It is now literally and figuratively true – the color of money is indeed green in every sense of the word.
People all over the world are waking up to the fact that now is the time to do all we can to save the environment, that it’s cool to be going green today, and that we can gain a lot personally (financially and emotionally) by initiating eco-friendly measures.
Some aspects of being environmentally conscious are quite expensive, like buying organic food and building green homes. But there are others that are both cost-effective and cost-saving, like:
• Cutting back on electricity usage: It’s pretty easy to cut back on electricity – all you need to do is set your thermostat a couple of degrees lower or higher, use compact florescent lamps, and switch off appliances when they’re not in use. You could also invest in buying Energy Star rated gadgets and appliances that save you power in the long run. Use solar power as much as you can.
• Recycling, repairing and reusing: You can make a little bit of money by recycling paper, aluminum cans and bottles and save on expenses by repairing and reusing your old stuff. Buying new products leaves a large carbon footprint because of all the energy expended in making the product, transporting it, and using it. When you’re not inclined to buy new gadgets at the drop of a hat, you’re more likely to take better care of what you do own and prolong its life in the process.
• Walking instead of driving: This is great in terms of both your health and your bank balance. When you ride a bike or walk to work, you’re saving on gas, reducing the amount of fossil fuels being burned, and getting a much-needed workout. If you live far away from your place of work, you could carpool and still save yourself some money because you’re going to share the cost of gas.
• Go online: Reduce your expenses on paper by not printing documents unless they’re really necessary. Subscribe to online journals, magazines and newspapers and cut back on your monthly expenses and save more trees in the process.
And consider working from home (if that’s an option) so you can save commuting costs, the cost of clothes (you’ll need nice clothes to go in to work everyday but not to sit around at home), and the cost of medical treatment (when you fall sick because of all the pollution out there).
This post was contributed by Claire Webber, who writes about the distance learning colleges. She welcomes your feedback at Claire.Webber1223 at gmail.com