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We are all increasingly feeling the need to help the environment in the face of global warming. Most people would like to "go green," but think that it would be more expensive to change their ways than just carrying on as always. W Well, the good news is that you can save money while staying green. You can adopt all kinds of environmentally friendly habits that will keep a sizable portion of your hard earned money firmly in your pocket.
Isn't that the best of both worlds? You get to do your bit for the good of mankind, spending less in the process.
Of course, you need to know all the best strategies. Some of them are obvious and touted by everyone who preaches the green life. However, there are lots of little known ways to make a huge difference that very few people talk about. It is mainly those kinds of strategies that this ebook concentrates on.
Even if the worst predictions of our planet's fate from man-made global warming fails to actually come about, we can all benefit greatly by adopting green measures. Earth's resources are for all to enjoy and we should not be wasting them, even when there appears to be plenty to go round.
Some of the statistics stated in this ebook may shock you. It shocked me too. It soon becomes obvious that we humans are a wasteful lot, or at least we have been. But there will never be a better time than now to change your ways, go green and save green at the same time.
Even if you only take up one single tip from this ebook, that will be worth it. There are 125 green strategies in this ebook to help you save your money and still be green, so you have little excuse not to start doing several of them - or all of them!
The home is one of the places where you can make the most savings and also the biggest environmental impact. There are so many things that can be improved or changed in any home. T These measures typically don't cost the earth – sometimes nothing at all, and the savings gained can be considerable over time. Even if you are not in a position to invest in greener ways, you can still make a tremendous difference at little or no cost. You just have to know how.
This section, dealing with the Home, is the largest, so it has been divided up into three basic sub-sections:
Heating & Insulation
Each of these sections is dealt with in depth. The tips offered are the best in terms of overall savings for you, as well as in terms of positive overall environmental impact.
I realize that not all of the green strategies will suit everyone, but there are plenty to go round, so expect to find some that can fit into your lifestyle perfectly.
Green Strategy #1
Want to save the environment from one ton of carbon every year? Start today by only filling your kettle with the amount of water you actually need every time.
Most people fill their kettles to the brim. They waste electricity – and their money – in the process.
Persuade another 14 families (15 all together) to only fill their kettles with what they actually need and a whole ton of carbon will be prevented from floating into the atmosphere to do its irreparable damage.
If only your family did this for one week it would save enough energy to light up your house for a day, or run your TV set every evening for a week.
Green Strategy #2
Cooking requires heat, so conserve it to save money. Keep a lid on all the pans being used in cooking. Water will boil around 6% faster in pans with a lid on, thereby saving time, electricity and your money, as well as giving the environment a break.
Green Strategy #3
If you are cooking in the oven, keep the door closed. Most modern ovens have a see-through door to let you see what's happening inside. Use it!
Around 20% of oven heat is lost every time the door is opened. If you're trying to bake a cake, for example, and you keep opening the door to see how it's getting on, then you are cooking at 80% of the correct temperature, while wasting energy and money!