Learn How to Go Green and Save Money!
The Dalai Lama put it best when he said, "We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home."
Our planet is warming up and many scientists believe we humans are the cause of the heat. This causes the Greenhouse Effect. And it just keeps getting hotter and hotter and hotter...
"As if that isn't enough, the whole globe is suffering an economic downturn like we've never known before."
Is there no hope?
There's plenty of hope. YOU can do something about it - and save some of your hard earned money too!
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!
Green Strategy #4
If you use commercial cleaning products in your kitchen, STOP! They are expensive to buy and expensive to produce. You can make your own cleaner from a mixture of vinegar, salt and baking soda. It will clean perfectly, and it will contain no toxic chemicals, thereby helping the environment. It will cost a great deal less too. Not convinced? Think about this... We dump some 32 million pounds of damaging toxins down our drains every year, just from household and kitchen cleaning products alone. What kind of damage do you think that is doing to the environment? Well, you don't have to do it anymore. Here's another simple recipe for an all-purpose cleaner, courtesy of Greenpeace:
½ cup pure liquid soap
1 gallon hot water
¼ cup lemon juice
It's safe and effective, and costs very little.
Green Strategy #5
I'll bet you use one of those hard plastic scrub pads to get the baked on grime off your pots and pans. Then after a week or so you throw it away and start using a new one. Bad idea. Consider using something more permanent that will last a very long time, and will get the dirt off too. A good old-fashioned scrubbing brush will do that. Yes, I'm serious. It will last for months, if not years, and it can be recycled over and over again. You save money and the environment doesn't get clogged up with old plastic scrub pads. Isn't that a great idea?
Green Strategy #6
Do you follow cookbooks to the letter? You shouldn't always take their advice as being good advice. It often is, but not always. You don't have to pre-heat an oven for every dish, unless for bread and pastries. Just shove the dish in the oven and switch on, setting it at the right temperature. And re-read Green Strategy #3 in case you've forgotten.
Green Strategy #7
Eat in more often. Americans eat out on average around five times a week! Meals that are prepared commercially are costly and may contain chemicals and ingredients that are less than really good for you. Go for the healthier option and save your money. The environment will benefit from a little less commercial cooker activity too. You could find yourself saving around $100 a month from eating more modest meals at home. You won't go hungry either, and you'll know what all the ingredients are.
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