To most people, adopting eco-friendly lifestyle is like the long road journey they have always wanted to make but have never got around to for one reason or another. It needn’t be so if they are prepared to make a little effort and a little sacrifice. If you believe, like many of them, that the price to pay for the adjustment is too high, then you couldn’t be more wrong. An eco-friendly lifestyle actually improves the quality of life and can lower the cost of living. For example, by reducing your dependence on fossil fuels and opting for green energy, you can save money on your power bills. You can even build do-it-yourself solar panels to generate your green energy, for very little cost.
You can start the journey towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle in the following ways:
- Switch to renewable energy: Install solar panels or wind turbines to generate your own electricity. Besides being harmless to the earth’s ecology, it helps you save money on your power bills. You can even make an extra income by selling excess electricity to the government if there feed-in tariff scheme is available in your area.
- Reduce your carbon foot-print: Decreasing your dependence on fossils fuels is an essential feature of an eco-friendly lifestyle. If you are buying a new car, go for an electric car or one with high fuel efficiency. If you are still have those incandescent bulbs that give off yellow light, replace them with energy-saving CFL or LED bulbs. At least once a week, leave your car at home and walk, ride a bicycle or take a bus to office or supermarket.
- Use energy-efficient appliances: Make sure to look at the energy ratings when buying electrical/electronic appliances. Buy one that has a low energy rating. Once you are running your house on solar power or other renewable energies, avoid using appliances that run on gas, always buy ones that run on electricity. And use solar powered calculators, clocks, garden lights, and so on.
- Grow your own organic food: Use your backyard or any empty space around your home to grow organic vegetables. Growing vegetables like green beans, carrots, radishes and tomatoes does not need much effort or expertise. Make sure to use only organic fertilizers. This preserves the fertility of the soil. Besides being tasty and healthy, home grown vegetables help save money on your groceries bills, and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels further by reducing the “miles” on your food, and reducing your use of packaging.
- Use bio-degradable products only: Avoid using products made of plastic such as plastic bags. They are harmful to the environment, and are made from oil! Always use products made of bio-degradable materials such as paper bags as far as practicable.
- Seek the company of like-minded people: Find like-minded people who live and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle both offline and on. Share your experiences and ideas with them, and do not be discouraged by people who are critical of your new lifestyle.