If you want to save the environment, then we all need to do our part. Surprisingly enough, if you follow a handful of these suggestions, then you will save money. Nothing motivates people like money. People really perk up when they see the dollar signs. Everyone likes to have more money in their bank account. That is what you will find about many of these suggestions. They will save you money.
Let’s get started.
1. Plant Trees to Sequester a Lot of Carbon
Over the course of its lifetime, a tree sequesters tons of carbon. They really pack a punch. They add to the diversity of life in and around your home. They add innumerable health benefits to your life. They, for example, quite literally help you breathe better. Everyone thinks clearer when they have fresh oxygen.
2. Change Your Investing Habits
Where you hold your money is where you hold your values. Search for environmentally friendly index stocks. These are some I found: the S&P 500 Environmental and Socially Responsible Index, SPDR SSGA Gender Diversity Index, iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF, iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF (SUSA), iShares MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF, SPDR S&P 500 Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF (SPYX), and Portfolio 21 Global Equity Fund Class R (PORTX).
I also found a handy article on some ‘green’ stocks to consider. If you are a lazy investor, then the article will be sure to help you out. I definitely recommend you consider it.
With all of these stocks, you need to do your own research. Come to your own conclusions. As a general rule of thumb of investing, if you don’t understand it, then don’t invest in it.
Keep this in mind though, you can make money off of climate change solutions.
3. Cut Down on Energy at Home.
As I write this, I have the lights turned off and the window blinds up. I am reducing the amount of light I use while getting some healty, natural light. More importantly, do not forget to turn off appliances when you leave on vacation, travel, or head off to work for the day. It will reduce your electrical bill quite a bit.
Insulation reduces heat escape. Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Lower your thermostat in the Winter. Use cold water instead of hot for your laundry. These are all excellent options which work wonders.
Bring some more greenery into your life with houseplants. Not only are plants sure to clean up the air you breathe, but they will also reduce the ‘urban heat island effect.’ If you have potted perennial plants around your home, they are more resilient than their annual counterparts and reduce the heat your home experiences. They also make everything look much nicer.
You also might want to consider changing your light bulbs. LEDs are simply better bulbs than incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs. They last longer and emit less heat and give off more light.
If you get some, you will not have to change the light bulbs again in your lifetime. If you are on the older side of life, then you know it can be a pain to grab a ladder, replace the bulbs, and risk injury because your balance isn’t the best. With LEDs, you set them and forget about them.
Get energy efficient appliances. Look for the ‘green star energy’ logo. That is a safe bet.
If you want, you can also go solar. Before solar you were an energy consumer, but now you are an energy producer. Solar is the future.
4. Change Your Travel Habits
Instead of flying to a far away place for a vacation, consider exploring your own country. In the US for instance, you can find plenty of national parks to explore. Travel does not necessarily mean air travel.
Drive and fly less. You can bike and walk instead. Because of the physical fitness benefits of biking and walking, you then live on your own terms. When you are healthy, you can continue on your way without all the negative things life throws at you. It also reduces the carbon you emit into the atmosphere.
Air travel is currently responsible for 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s quite a lot. When you cut out air travel, you leave a huge impact.
5. Have a Smaller Family
Kids, particularly in the West, are expensive. Over the course of a lifetime, a human uses about 60 tons of carbon per year. That adds up.
I understand, also, this is controversial. Some people want to have a lot of children. No one is forcing you to have a specific amount of children. I just want you to keep this in mind. If you want to have a big family, go on right ahead and do so. It is fine. If you want a smaller family or no children at all, that is also fine.
Just be sure to limit your carbon emissions in your family.
6. Use Less Water in Some Surprising Ways
There are a number of ways to save water and money.
When you go to the restroom and only pee, you don’t need to flush the toilet. Pee is only pee flavored water after all. When you was your hands, first soap up, turn the faucet on to get only a little water, then turn the faucet off, massage the soap over your hands, then turn the faucet back on to rinse off, and finally dry your hands. Just like turning the faucet off when brushing your teeth, you need to do the same for your hands.
Of course, you might already know this, but shorter showers save a substantial amount of water. You actually do not need to shower every day. Use deodorant in your armpits, make your hair look nice, and no one will be able to tell the difference. As long as you don’t smell or look obscene, people won’t notice.
7. Find Places Where You Can Volunteer
There are multiple days throughout the year when you can volunteer at a national park, help with the maintenance often by planting trees, and then you receive a free park pass.
Also, be aware we can only fully address climate change with political action. There is only so much you can do as an individual. This means, for you, attending climate change rallies, calling your state and federal representatives, and volunteering at cleanups near you.
Corporations and governments constitute the largest emitters of greenhouse gases warming the planet. As a member of this world, you need to do your part to hold them accountable.
8. Before Each Purchase Ask Yourself, ‘Do I Really Need This?’
Consumerism is killing the planet. Any product you hold in your hand uses a lot of carbon. The vast majority of the world is unable to pay for things you and I take for granted like laptops and smart phones. They are just too expensive. You can more than likely get by without anyone of those items.
You need to become a conscientious consumer. You can be happy without all these things. Often times, the amount of happiness you have is inversely proportional to the amount of stuff you have. If you stop buying things, you can invest in the world you want as I mentioned in point 2.
More often than not, you can borrow instead of buying, saving you a lot of headache. Don’t be afraid to call up your friends or parents asking for things to borrow. It’s not difficult, only the first step is.
9. Become Vegetarian or Eat Less Meat
I am a vegetarian. It saves me quite the chunk of change. You don’t have to become one yourself though. It is not for everyone. I get that. There are a handful of ‘main’ meats people eat: fish, chicken, beef, and pork. Beef and pork constitute the greatest source of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. If you can cut that out and go on the ‘Mediterranean’ diet, then you will help a lot.
If you can make the extra plunge, then vegetarianism or veganism is the way to go. Surprisingly enough but it makes sense in retrospect, you do not need to get all of your protein from animals. Where do you think mountain gorillas, cows, and elephants get their protein from? They all get it from plants.
You just need to find the plant you enjoy eating.
10. Buy Local Food
The further food has to travel, the more carbon it emits. Farmer’s markets are an excellent way to find inexpensive food.
You can also do this by planting your own food. Gardens are an excellent way to do so. They do not have to be big. Even if you have a potted plant in your room, that is a start to something bigger. A garden also makes life more enjoyable. You should consider getting one.
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You should be all set to go. You now have the knowledge in your hands to live a more environmentally friendly life. We all need to do our part to make this world better. Each is responsible for all.
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If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!