Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to Live a Green Lifestyle

Going green isn't just about recycling. And it's not just about using energy saving bulbs either. No, going green is a way of life, and it means changing many different aspects of your daily routine and your lifestyle in order to make sure that you are causing the minimum amount of damage to the environment and that you are doing more good than harm.

But what precisely are these changes you need to make? And what are the hallmarks of someone who has 'gone green'. Here we will look at some of the varied and disparate aspects of 'going green'.

Being Efficient

Being energy efficient is one of the first things you can do to stop harming the environment. This means making sure for instance that you drive in a way that isn't going to use more fuel than necessary, and it means making sure that you don't leave lights on when you aren't in the room.

Of course what it also means is using efficient things to begin with - so that means yes to energy efficient lightbulbs and to hybrid cars/cars with smaller engines.

Spreading the Word

There's only so much good you can do on your own, but by spreading the word about going green you can get more people on board and you can cut drastic amount of carbon emissions around the world. Don't be shy about your beliefs - get out there and talk about them and make sure that everyone knows the benefits of saving energy.


It's also possible to 'vote green' and to vote in favour of the parties and party representatives that take green issues seriously. This is again something relatively small you can do that will nevertheless have far reaching consequences. By influencing policy you can potentially begin the wheels of change turning.


You don't just vote with your polling card, you can also vote with your wallet. Capitalism means that businesses thrive or die based on how you spend your money and this means you can choose which behaviours to reward and which ones to ignore. By buying products from companies that make an effort to be green you can help to encourage more to start doing the same and wash your hands of bad and unsustainable business practices.


Gardening is something that every person interested in going green should do. Want to go green? Why not start with the fingers. This way you can give something back to the environment by planting trees and by providing food and shelter for countless species of wildlife.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is like the Holy Grail of going green. If you can use renewable energy for many of your basic tasks, then it means that at least for them, you won't be causing any emissions or putting any strain on the environment. This means then that you should get solar panels for your roof if you can, or geothermal pipes for your swimming pool, or maybe even a Tesla car.

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