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Be A Hero: Go Green and Save Money

Going greener is something that we all know we should be trying to do in our daily lives, but it can seem like somewhat of a daunting task to a beginner.

The reality is, there are tiny, incremental habits you can adopt in your everyday life to help the planet, and the transition is not as hard as you would think. Check out some amazing tips from WeAreTop10.

Around your neighborhood

  • When you need to make a trip to the store, plan ahead and make lists of only the things you need. This reduces the amount of waste you make and keeps you from buying all that junk food.
  • Keep a reusable coffee mug and water bottle in your car to reduce your plastic and paper use.
  • Following your car’s user manual’s maintenance plan will ensure it keeps running great, meaning it won’t pollute as much too!
  • Try to shop local as often as you can to support your community’s jobs. This will reduce your car’s gasoline consumption too. While you’re at it, you should try and buy local organic produce when you can.
  • Buying some reusable grocery bags can help reduce plastic waste.

At home

  • Make an effort to air dry your hair and anything else if you can whenever possible to reduce dryer use.
  • Take showers instead of baths. Baths take 5-10 more gallons than a 5-10-minute shower.
  • Replace your old light bulbs and appliances with energy-efficient alternatives.
  • Do your best to start a recycling system in your house. Composting is also a great idea. It reduces food waste and feeds your garden. Buying a kitchen composter is a great place to start.
  • Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. If you’re not ready to go full-on vegetarian or vegan, ‘reducitarianism’ or eating less meat, is the next best thing.

Woman watering flowers.At work

  • On workdays, try biking, walking, using public transportation, or carpooling.
  • See how you can start a workplace recycling program if you don’t already have one.
  • While you’re at it, start a workplace community bulletin board to share for sale goods and donations.
  • Share resources with other co-workers such as a software program or a book.
  • Begin a snack exchange for employees to trade snacks they don’t want and reduce waste.

On your couch

  • Going paperless is a great way to help save trees. Stop receiving your bills mailed to you and do them all online.
  • Instead of printing, save files and documents and take notes on a notebook application on your phone.
  • Save electricity by using a power strip that you turn off when not in use.
  • Turn off your lights unless absolutely necessary.
  • Use social media to spread awareness about environmental issues and ways to go green.

One does not have to be an environmental warrior or sacrifice every single modern day amenities to help save the planet.