4 - 9 - 2012
Having a recycling plan in place at your home and encouraging your place of work to participate are great ways to help make the world a greener place. But it’s only a small part of a much bigger effort that’s needed to really influence positive change. Investing in green technologies for your home is doable, and affordable. Here are a few living green tips to help make your home the greenest on the block.
Greening Your Home Computer
Practically every home these days has – and needs – a computer. They’ve become ubiquitous in a way that makes us wonder how we ever got along without them before. But they also consume energy, and energy consumption leads to higher amounts of carbon emission. As a first step, always be sure to power down your computer when it’s not in use. Set your computer for maximum energy efficiency by setting it to go into power saving sleep mode after a certain amount of time. You can also buy energy efficient accessories like solar powered chargers for your laptop, wireless mouse, and mp3 player.
3 - 19 - 2012
We live in a day and age where alternative energy solutions seem to be cropping up all the time. If this isn’t encouraging enough, it gets even better. Many of the alternative energy solutions we’re hearing about aren’t just vague notions being cooked up in some science lab by great minds, not to be seen or implemented for decades – they’re actually available to us here and now, and are capable not only of saving energy but also of benefiting our bank accounts in a big way.
One meaningful change that you can make in your home today is installing a solar water heater. But before you go throwing your arms up in the air declaring that you “don’t have that kind of money,” let’s take a closer look at what it’ll actually cost to get you set up with this environmentally beneficial home appliance, as well as the energy savings you’ll see.
2 - 29 - 2012
If you’re dedicated to doing everything in your power to create a healthy environment for your home and the world around you, you should be pleasantly surprised – even incredibly, amazingly excited – to learn that there’s a worldwide effort underway by governments, corporations, and individuals just like yourself to craft sustainable energy solutions that will make the world a better place. Here are some of the initiatives underway right now.
• Biofuel – For those looking forward to a time when the world will be less dependent on the burning of fossil fuels to meet our growing energy demands, biofuel offers a light at the end of the tunnel. Biofuel is created by using organic materials like soybeans and corn, and its continued development will make it a far more affordable and practical alternative in coming years.
2 - 22 - 2012
Too many people view saving money as a necessary hardship. However, saving money can be fun if you have the right attitude. Enthusiasm can help you overcome a multitude of financial difficulties. Adopt these two frames of mind to improve your money saving efforts.
Who’s More Important Than—YOU?
It’s alright to be a bit selfish. After every pay period, the first “bill” you pay should be a deposit to your savings account. Even if you can only afford $10 or $20 per pay period, pay yourself first before taking care of your other monthly obligations.
This simple, habit-forming plan will generate a very healthy savings account over time. If you’re not familiar with the amazing effects of “compounding” (earning interest on interest), perform a little internet surfing. You’ll quickly understand how compounding can create large dollars that continue to increase forever.
12 - 5 - 2011
If you’re looking for green ideas that’ll make your home a shining light in the ongoing battle against unnecessary energy waste, consider some (or all) of these environmentally friendly products that are available on the market today.
• Alternative Lighting Solutions – Not only can you buy energy efficient light bulbs and solar powered flashlights, but you can now even buy decorative holiday lights that’ll keep the spirit of the season alive while using 90 percent less energy. Let’s see your neighbors top that.