The process of going green is sometimes viewed as being a bit of hassle and even expensive. If you have found yourself wondering when it is worth it to spend money on green products and items and when it is better to simply save your money, read on to discover the best way to have the biggest impact when spending your money.
1. Always make sure you read the label of any product you consider buying. Never rely simply on packaging or advertising claims. Sadly, there are some companies who try to make a buck by marketing to those of us who want to do something positive for the planet. Such packaging typically uses phrases such as ‘all natural’ and ‘earth friendly.’ Reading labels can help you to get past the claims and to the heart of the matter to determine whether the product is truly earth friendly and worth the investment of your money.
2. Buy local items whenever possible. As fuel and energy prices continue to soar, the cost that is involved in transporting goods and items over long distances rise as well. You can help to change this by supporting local businesses and farmers.
3. Make the change to compact fluorescent light bulbs. The cost per bulb is now about $2 each. Although that is higher than incandescent light bulbs, you will find that you energy savings over time more than makes up for the difference in unit cost.
4. Change to cold water when doing your laundry whenever possible. Up to 85% of the energy expended when washing clothing is comprised of heating the water.
5. Change your shower head to a low-flow unit. These units do not cost much money and the money you save on energy and water will quickly pay for the small investment you make in this initiative.
6. Purchase a water filter and use that to purify your tap water for drinking rather than buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water more expensive but it also requires a tremendous amount of energy for its packaging as well as the resulting plastic container waste.
7. Begin giving some thought to the items you purchase. Every item you purchase can have an impact on the environment. To reduce the amount of impact you have on the environment, think about purchasing pre-owned items. You will likely be able to save money as well as reduce your impact on the planet. Buying items in bulk is another great way to have an impact while also saving money. When you buy in bulk, you help to save on packaging.
8. Recycle electronics to keep them out of the trash. Electronic items contain mercury as well as other toxics that can negatively impact the planet. First, try to keep your electronics as long as they are usable rather than investing in new upgrades frequently. When the items have reached the end of their useful life, instead of tossing them in the trash, recycle them responsibly.
9. When you need to buy a new item, spend the extra money to purchase an item or product that is high quality and which will last much longer. While high quality items cost more money in the beginning, you will spend less money over the long-term when the item does not need to be replaced as frequently. In addition, you will help to save on waste.
10. Finally, when you need to purchase a new appliance, look for appliances that are produced with energy savings in mind, such as Energy Star products.
Djuna Woods writes the popular blog Simple Ways to Help at http://simplewaystohelp.com where she discusses simple ways to help the planet that are cheap and easy.