Going green does not mean that you have to disconnect from your locale power grid and live a primitive existence. It also does not mean that you have to tear down your home and rebuild it in a more energy-efficient way. It is simple and easy to make changes to the way that you consume energy, in addition to decreasing the amounts that you consume. Now is the right time to go green, for both the environment and your bank account.
- When you want a healthier home. Filling your home with green plants will increase oxygen and decrease carbon dioxide, and using natural cleaning products will prevent the harmful effects of toxins on your family.
- When you are tired of overpaying at the pumps. You can’t control oil and gas prices, but you can carpool, or walk or ride a bike to work if you are close by.
- When you need more fuel efficiency. Buying a hybrid vehicle could increase your current fuel efficiency by as much as 100%.
- When you need to replace an appliance. When you need a new appliance, find one that is highly energy efficient to reduce consumption and waste.
- When you want a more energy efficient home. Add insulation, fix leaky faucets, replace filters on your air conditioning unit regularly, and seal leaks in windows and doors to cut down on energy consumption.
- When you want power without interruptions. Storms can knock down power lines, transformers can blow, and numerous other problems can disrupt your power. Green energy sources, particularly when used with a generator or battery to store energy, provide consistent power.
- When you are worried about the polar bears. Polar ice caps are melting, which affects a vast array of animal and plant life, and the climate is being affected throughout the world due to the large amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere each year.
- When you want energy independence. If you are hooked to your town or city’s power grid, you can be limited in the amount of power you consume, and you have to pay whatever price the company chooses. Green energy sources make you more independent.
- When you realize that the earth of today will not likely be around much longer. Deforestation, digging into the earth to harvest fossil fuels, and similar issues that destroy the environment can be combated when more communities begin using sources of green energy.
- When you are tired of your utility bill getting higher and higher. Once a source of green energy is installed for your home, such as a wind turbine or solar panels, you’ll see significant savings in your utility bill each month.
- When you want to move to a remote area. If you have always dreamed of living up in the mountains or a remote area, but you won’t be able to take your local power grid with you, a source of green energy would allow you to build a camp or home wherever you choose.
- When you no longer want to contaminate water. Many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals, and leaks from pipes can allow the chemicals from drains to contaminate the ground and supplies of water.
- When you want to minimize your carbon footprint. You may not be able to totally avoid consumption of fossil fuels, but making good use of a green energy source will significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
- When you want to be innovative. Green energy is a growing industry, and you can be among the first in your area to switch to renewable energy.
- When you want to be a good neighbor. Starting a recycling program or a neighborhood swap for unwanted items will benefit you, your neighbors, and the environment.
- When you want to be more responsible. Making small changes in the way you consume energy will make a difference, and you will rest assured that you’re doing your part to better the environment.
The Bottom Line
Now is the time to go green, as there are multiple advantages to making your home more energy efficient and reducing the amount of energy you consume. The benefits will be seen in your utility bill each month, but beyond that, the benefits for the environment are priceless. Begin with small changes, and once you accomplished the first task on your list, move onto more ways of going green.