Small Changes Affect the Environment in a Big Way

energy saving light bulbs

energy saving light bulbs

Most people recognize the necessity of thinking green. They understand that a more eco-friendly approach to how they live, shop, and feed their families are the way to go, but they do not know where to start. The problem is they are thinking too big. You do not have to convert your house to solar in order to make an impact. Even a change as small as swapping out a few light bulbs can make a huge difference! The key to making a lasting change in your lifestyle is to make several small, relatively painless, changes that have a large cumulative effect.

Here are a few small changes you can make that will have a significant cumulative effect on the environment and possibly save you money in the process.

Another way to save and go green is to use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic.

Switch Incandescent Light Bulbs with LED Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs and their toxic components inevitably end up in landfills. Not only do they harm the environment, they are inefficient. By switching out incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs, you help both the environment and reduce your overall energy consumption. Lower energy consumption means a lower power bill at the end of the month. LED light bulbs last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, and it is projected that those who install LED light bulbs will save over $50 per bulb over the lifetime of the bulb.

Replace Old Appliances with Energy Star Rated Appliances

Two appliances account for over 33 percent of a household’s monthly energy consumption. Both the refrigerator and the hot water heater are asked to do a lot. They are never turned off. Food must be cooled, and water must be heated. By changing out just these two appliances with more efficient Energy Star replacements, you can reduce your overall carbon footprint and monthly power bill my a significant amount.

Grown Your Own Fruits and Vegetables and Save

Have you ever considered the amount of fuel that is consumed to grow and transport your produce? Produce is travels a long distance before it reaches your grocery store and ultimately your table. This means that you pay a premium for your produce when you buy it at the grocery store. You can reduce this expense and do your part to help the environment by growing your own produce. Just a small kitchen garden filled with your favorite vegetables can drastically reduce both your carbon footprint and your monthly grocery bill. As a side benefit, you know exactly what goes into growing your vegetables. You know that the vegetables that make up your family’s meals are grown in an environmentally friendly, chemical free manner.

These three ways to both save and protect the environment are just the beginning. There are many more ways out there to live an environmentally friendly and frugal lifestyle.

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