In recent years, there has been what could be called a movement to become more environmentally friendlyin order to reduce the carbon footprint that each of us make daily. Although controversy and conspiracy theories arise about global warming and its effects on the earth, people are now suddenly wanting to “go green.” What do you think of when you hear the term “going green”? Many people think they need to drive a Toyota Prius or some other hybrid car in order to reduce the emissions made by a gas-guzzling car or truck. Sadly, though, an investment into one of these fuel-efficient cars could take many years to recuperate the money spent, depending on how much you drive.
Why Not Go Green?
For many reasons, becoming environmentally friendly has dropped on peoples’ list of priorities. For some, it is just too expensive. For others, it is too inconvenient. Saving and separating your recyclable trash from the garbage can be tedious and unpleasant. And when you do, some cities throughout the U.S. and other countries charge extra an extra fee to pick up your recycling! Is going through all this trouble worth feeling like you’re making little or no difference? A lot of the time, the answer is no. So how does the average person “go green” without breaking the bank or getting discouraged?
Start With the Small, Simple Things.
If you don’t want to start sorting through your trash quite yet, there are many other things you can do. First, most grocery stores sell reusable bags that you can take each time you go shopping, so you don’t have to get the disposable plastic bags. If you ever buy bottled water, look for one of those brands that use less plastic in their bottles, or make them out of recycled materials. Eventually you can slowly work your way up to doing more and more to do your part to save the earth. Once you have gotten in the habit of doing these small things, you are ready to make more life-changing decisions, all for the cause of “going green.”
Save Money With Long-term Investments.
As mentioned earlier, you can make small investments that will not only save you money, but will also reduce your carbon footprint. If you aren’t ready to spend huge amounts of money to get a hybrid car, you can still get a more fuel-efficient car. Many governments are regulating car manufacturers, forcing them to come up with ways to increase the miles-per-gallon rate on their vehicles. Most new cars already meet these guidelines.
Another way you can make a long-term investment is by buying solar panels. A growing number of companies provide solar panel installation not only to businesses, but to homes as well. Here is a video that shows how easy installation can be. Now even though solar panel installation can get expensive fast, you can apply for many tax benefits and refunds that will cover a good portion of the cost. Again, this is a long-term investment. Most of the time, solar panels will pay for themselves in about six years. If you make these small changes one day at a time, you will start to realize that “going green” is more than a trend or a political movement: it’s a lifestyle change. It is through these changes that we begin to make the world a place that our future generations can enjoy as much as we do.
About the Author: Rick Delgado is a freelance writer who specializes in the latest social and technology trends. He is currently acting as a consultant to Vivint. You can learn more about Vivint here.
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