Just thinking about 'going green' can be a bit stressful, it requires a lot of work and tons of lifestyle changes. And while the thought of having to change up almost every part of your lifestyle seems daunting, it's not nearly as hard as you'd think. As with all major lifestyle changes, 'going green' takes time, effort, and dedication to accomplish correctly. Starting off small is usually the best option, here are 6 great things you can do to get your feet off the ground.
Recycling is one of the easiest tasks you can complete when it comes to 'going green'. Aside from remembering to recycle all paper products, plastic, and aluminum cans at work or when the option is available out and about, invest in a few recycling bins for your home. Having a few different waste bins may take a little while to get used to, but you'll be doing the planet a huge favor, and soon you won't even think about it.
Get Rid of Bottled Water
Stop using and buying bottled water. Instead, invest in a reusable bottle for times when you need to leave the house, and think about getting an in-home water filtering system if you're worried about water quality. Cutting bottled water out of your life will save you tons of money and cut down on the amount of needless waste you produce.
Try signing up for paperless billing and coupons. Most companies offer the option which means that all of your bills and special offers will be able to be accessed directly from your computer every month. You'll be saving tons of trees as well as the time and effort it takes to get, open, and toss out mail.
Change Your Lightbulbs
Invest in a few energy-saving LED lightbulbs for inside and outside your home, these lightbulbs last for years and greatly reduce your overall energy consumption, as well as help you cut down on your energy costs.
Shop at Farmer's Markets
Support your local farmers by shopping at farmer's markets or other stores that carry locally grown produce. Small farmers are known for running their farms in amazing environment-friendly ways that large corporate farmers are not. Plus, you'd be giving back to your community's local economy which is always a good thing.
Make the Most of Your Gas
This may come as a surprise, but many people waste tons of gas every time they drive. Making sure your tires are properly inflated, along with going the speed limit, and finding the best routes for all of your destinations, are great way to conserve both gas and money.This post was originally published on Test Laila Ali