Anyone who pays any attention at all to current events knows that human society is rapidly approaching an environmental tipping point.
We’re using up natural resources at an alarming and are creating conditions that will, over time, almost certainly spell the end for our species.
If current conditions continue, it’s safe to say that there won’t be enough power,
food and water to sustain everyone on the planet.
Fortunately, a growing number of people across the planet are
doing their best to counteract this troubling trend by
committing themselves to what’s known as a, “green lifestyle.”
These earth-minded people do everything they can to insure their use of scarce natural resources,
or carbon footprint, is as small as possible.
Whether you believe in climate change or not,
this kind of lifestyle also comes with a financial benefit, too.
After all, the less energy you use, the lower your energy bill is at the end of the month.
If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint and/or your utility bill, here are a few things to consider.
What is a Green House Anyways?
The best place to start living a green lifestyle is right in your own home.
No matter when your home was built, you can almost always find ways of making it
more energy efficient and, thus, more green.
It’s important to remember that turning your house green doesn’t necessarily entail a massive, and expensive, remodeling project.
In fact, simply covering drafty interior windows with insulating plastic can work wonders and requires nothing more complicated than a hair dryer to get it installed.
In short, green houses don’t have to be state-of-the-art gems from the pages of Architectural Digest; they just need to be energy efficient.
Can it Be Done Inexpensively?
As we’ve pointed out, going green does not have to be expensive. One of the easiest fixes, low voltage lighting, requires a very small investment and will save you big bucks over time.
Modern light bulbs not only use a lot less electricity than previous generations of bulbs did, and give off a lot less heat.
Plenty of homeowners have found that the light from modern bulbs is warmer is less jarring than the old products.
Where Can Beginners Learn More?
The really great news about going green is that finding information about it is dead easy.
It should come as no surprise to find out that the Internet is the best place for getting all the latest information about making more Earth-friendly lifestyle choices.
Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are packed with posts from people who are showing off their latest green remodeling project.
You’ll also find that YouTube has, literally, thousands of videos that walk you step by step through even the most complicated green remodel.
Going green is really pretty simple and is something that you can involve your whole family in, no matter how handy they are around the house.
All it really takes is a desire to help leave behind a planet that’s safe for future generations to live on.
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Janet Obront writes about home improvement and environment.