Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day
This St. Patrick’s Day go beyond the aesthetic definition of “going green” by doing your part for the environment.
Here’s everything you need to know for an eco-friendly life:
Advantages of Going Green
An eco-friendly lifestyle isn’t always convenient, but the benefits it provides make your efforts worth it.
Advantages of green energy and renewable resources include:
1. Lower Expenses
Both home and business owners can cut monthly expenses by sourcing alternative, clean resources. For example:
- Shop for the best electric or gas rate for the most value per penny
- look for free renewable energy sources, such as solar power
- recycle paper when printing memos, flyers, and notes
- go completely paperless and transfer all important documents to USBs, hardware disks, or cloud-based apps
2. Boosted Creativity
Going green isn’t often easy as we adjust our mindsets to new perspectives. You’ll have to overhaul your lifestyle.
It may sound tiring, but on the upside, it exercises brain power and boosts creativity, too. For example, instead of throwing away your old stuff, your brain will have to find a way to turn these items into something useful (what we called ‘upcycling’). Old shirts become cleaning rags, glass jars become food containers, and paper bags become trash bags.
3. A Cleaner Atmosphere
Part of going green includes all-natural, chemical-free products.
For example, instead of spraying commercial air fresheners, use natural ones made of oranges, lemons, and limes. It’s cheaper, but it’s also healthier for the body.
4. Increased Property Value
Installing renewable energy sources on your home, such as solar panels, increases the property’s market value in the long run. Plenty of homebuyers would love to live in a modern home that relies on free, clean energy, for example.
5. A Healthier, Cleaner Environment
Perhaps, the biggest reason why people decide to “go green” is to help the environment.
Even small changes, such as upcycling old items, segregating trash, reducing plastic usage, and maximizing clean green energy benefits the environment significantly.
If you’re still on the fence about whether “going green” is worth it, we suggest mingling with people who are already living on clean energy. You’ll learn about the advantages of green energy and sustainable living from people with first-hand experience.
Get started by taking an active role in your community—join walk-to-work movements, cleanup drives, and recycling clubs. You can meet plenty of helpful individuals who’ll be more than happy to educate you on a clean energy lifestyle.
Simple Ways to Have a Clean-Green St. Patrick’s Day
If you are planning to “go green” this St. Patrick’s Day, here are simple lifestyle changes to adopt if you want to take care of the environment more effectively:
1. Take Notes on Your Phone
Stop jotting down notes and reminders on sticky notes, notebooks, and index cards. Instead, type it into your phone or laptop.
It saves paper and allows you to access your notes anywhere. Carrying an accordion folder wherever you go is no longer efficient or necessary.
2. Switch to Email
Ask your gas, water, phone service, and electric providers to send your bills via email.
Delivering bills in the traditional way is inefficient, time-consuming, and wasteful. Imagine how many resources are wasted for a few seconds of reading.
3. Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
A normal bath uses more than thirty gallons of clean water. A normal five-minute shower only uses around twenty gallons, though.
If you want to reduce the amount of water you use, change to low-flow showerheads—you will only need ten gallons of water for every five-minute shower.
4. Look for Green Electric Suppliers
There are plenty of electric providers that support the use of modern, renewable energy.
Partner with these companies so that you can learn more about how to use clean energy for your day-to-day needs. Using green energy benefits the environment and your wallet.
You can save a lot of money if you learn to maximize alternative sources of power, for example.
5. Drive Slower
Ease up on the accelerator. Going too fast forces an excessive amount of gas into the engine and higher emissions.
Try not to go over 2,000 rpm, especially if you’re driving within the city limits.
If you really want to make an impact, try incorporating these tips into your daily routine, not just on St. Patrick’s Day.
Imagine how cleaner the earth would be if everyone made a concerted effort to reduce their carbon footprints.
Note: You don’t have to follow all these tips from the get-go. Start by making small changes, such as driving slower, recycling, and going paperless.