Watch out: My wallet is green
In today’s times, when there is hue and cry about carbon footprint, global warming and green house gases, there are many who want to contribute their bit but are apprehensive. The apprehension is more about the cost factor involved rather than the intention or the sincerity.
Here are a few cost-effective ways to do your bit to conserve the environment without loosening strings of your purse.
* Recession is once again threatening to engulf the world economy. In this testing time, save energy by using energy efficient bulbs and tube lights and instead of turning on the AC using thick curtains to insulate your home and office. Save fuel by car pooling or better still planning your outing in such a way that you complete all your work in just one car trip.
* There is one more way to save electricity and help to the cause of lowering the green house gas effect. Install solar panels to generate electricity. The cost of setting up the infrastructure may prove too high initially, but to come to think of it, in the long run, you will be lighting up your home and office free of cost. Now, isn’t that a good deal?
* With the rate at which the trees are being cut down, paper will soon become a scare commodity. Start using electronic services like e-mails etc instead. Think thrice before printing. Print only if it is absolutely essential.
* Many of you may not be comfortable with this suggestion because you may not like to after all compromise on your status and stature. However, try buying second hand furniture, clothing, toys etc. This will stop them ending up in the garbage, burnt or thrown into the sea thus polluting the atmosphere.
* Use rechargeable batteries instead of one-time use batteries. In the long run you will end up not only saving more money but also the planet. Save electricity and reduce global warming by turning off the monitor if you are not going to use your PC for twenty minutes and both the CPU and the monitor if you are not going use the system for more than two hours. If you don’t want to switch them off at least put your PC to sleep mode. This will save light and money as well.
* Like paper, water too will be extinct if you don’t use it judiciously. It may sound weird and in the beginning a bit difficult to follow but try using buckets while taking bath instead of standing under the shower. This will stop excessive and uncontrolled wastage of water, and what’s more it will also reduce your water bills.
* Like printing paper, you can also save a lot by picking up only that much number of paper napkins from the stand that you are likely to use, instead of lifting a whole lot of it. If not more, lift one paper napkin less everyday and you will realize how much more you have saved at the end of the month.
* One of the best ways to save money is not to spend it lavishly. Think of trying out public transport instead of hopping into the car at a drop of a hat. You will agree that the cost of a transit pass is atrociously lower than the cost of the gas. Again, the carbon emissions from your car, however little, will only add to the green house gases in the atmosphere.
So the crux of the matter is think twice, show restrain and change yourself a little and realize how going green is helping in saving money too.
About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger. Apart from general topics related to lifestyle she frequently comes up with critical issues like environment issues. Beside this she recently wrote a fabulous article on green energy.