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You’ve probably already broken your New Year’s Resolution, whether it was to finally go on a diet or even to quit smoking or drinking – some of the top resolutions each year. After all, about four in five people break them eventually, according to experts. Maybe it is time for a new resolution – one that you know you can keep, and one that will keep you and Mother Earth smiling for a long time. It’s time to finally go green.
You can be green in a variety of ways that do not require much effort or money, from embracing homemade creations to saving money on your water bill. Here are five ways that you can be green starting right now – a great way to start off your 2012:
1. Come up with your own cleaning products. You do not necessarily have to go to the supermarket to buy soaps and chemicals to clean your kitchen or bathroom. Just look in your kitchen cabinets for items such as lemon, vinegar and baking soda. These items are more than adequate for creating homemade cleaning products and are green because they preserve your indoor air quality in addition to saving you a trip to the market and saving money as well as the packaging in which commercial cleaning products come. You might as well use your baking soda to remove stains and cut through grease. Face it: What else are you really going to use that baking soda for?
2. Do no throw away your expired electronics. Instead of tossing your old cell phones into the trash can, donate them to the needy or recycle them at stores that offer this service. This is critical because these technological devices contain mercury, which is poisonous to the environment if it ends up in a landfill. In addition, after spending your hard-earned money on these technologies, it’s wise to put them to good use.
3. Stop drinking bottled water. Instead, use a filter to purify the tap water that comes from your faucet because this gets rid of all of the plastic bottles used to manufacture bottled water. You simply can re-use one container for holding water, which saves you money, saves on the generation of non-biodegradable plastic and reduces a trip to the recycling facility (which unfortunately puts greenhouse gas emissions into the air and does consume some of your gas money).
4. Be smarter with your energy and water usage in order to save money. Allow your thermostat to be set a little lower in the winter and slightly higher in the summer to prevent your air conditioning and heating systems from running as much. This saves on energy usage and subsequently saves you money. In addition, take shorter showers, which also save on water usage and thus save the money you spend on water bills in the long run. Also, when washing clothes, use cold water as often as possible because 85 percent of energy used in a washing machine actually goes to heating the water.
5. Stop driving everywhere. If you can, use a bike or walk to work. Otherwise, try to carpool. This reduces pollution and also reduces the amount of gas money leaving your wallet. In today’s unstable economic climate, saving a few dollars in gas money certainly can be helpful. After all, the average American in 2011 spent more than $4,000 on gas – a record.
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