We often feel overwhelmed with the growing call to make change happen, to be the change, to get on the bandwagon of change etc… Think about it another way. Think about the call as a wake up call to start today but without the fanfare, without the experts, without the plethora of focus groups. Instead it is just your time to simple green it
yourself. To invest in your health and the future of the planet is an opportunity to pamper yourself in a different way, a green way.
The Facts On Greening it Yourself
Did you know?
We would save $3 billion in energy costs annually and cut national CO2 emissions by over a full percent!
If the entire population of the United States washed their clothes exclusively with cold water (instead of hot), we would save $3 billion in energy costs annually and cut national CO2 emissions by over a full percent!
Recycling a single aluminum can would run a TV for three hours
The energy saved by recycling a single aluminum could run a TV for three hours. Every three months, Americans toss out enough aluminum to completely rebuild the nation’s commercial airline fleet.
15% to 30% of a home’s total heating and cooling energy is lost through poorly sealed duct-work
An estimated 15% to 30% of a home’s total heating and cooling energy is lost through poorly sealed duct-work, costing consumers about $5 billion dollars annually.
Recycling one ton of paper saves 20 trees, 7,000 gallons of water
Did you know that recycling one ton of paper saves 20 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three cubic yards of landfill space, 60 pounds of air pollutants, and saves enough energy to power the average home for six months?
Burning one gallon of gasoline creates about 19 pounds of carbon dioxide
Burning one gallon of gasoline creates about 19 pounds of carbon dioxide. The average mature tree can absorb 48 pounds of CO2 per year.
10 calories of fossil fuel energy to grow, process, and deliver 1 calorie of food energy to our tables
It takes, on average, 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to grow, process, and deliver 1 calorie of food energy to our tables.
The computer you’re using right now, in all the years you’ll own it, will never consume more energy than was required to create it
81% of the life-cycle energy costs associated with a single computer is from its manufacture, only 19% from its operation. The production of a single computer also uses 42,000 gallons of water. Please recycle your used electronics and turn them off when not in use.
The amount of sunlight that falls on the Earth’s surface in one minute is sufficient to meet world energy demand for an entire year.
According to the American Solar Energy Society, the amount of sunlight that falls on the Earth’s surface in one minute is sufficient to meet world energy demand for an entire year.We have all that is required to make changes each and every day that can positively impact our planet.
Be a Green it Yourselfer
Start small; replace one negative green lifestyle habit for a positive green habit.
Plan your transition (a 21 one day plan is a great idea) ask us for our Green in 21 Days Plan
In the eco living mind-set, switching to solar power, replacing your heating/air conditioning system, driving a hybrid and getting an eco-audit done. It also means that you are also involved in the eco living process in other ways. It means that you’re willing to learn how to green it yourself.
1. GIY (Green it Yourself) is about air quality
What is the air quality in your home and car and what is the impact it’s having on your family? Is my home making my family sick? Who in my family have allergies? We could help you determine the ideal starting point for your GIY initiative.
2. GIY (Green it Yourself) is about reducing
The GIY mind-set also finds ways of reducing energy, water and other consumption. Some of the questions you may need to ask yourself include; what is my family’s energy usage? What is the financial cost? Am I doing enough to integrate my family into a green lifestyle? Could we live a toxic free lifestyle? What is the water quality in my home? How can we improve the quality of our water? How can we reduce consumption?
What are you concerned about? Let your immediate concerns be your entry point into the greening of your lifestyle. Be mindful about it and maintain your focus. If for any reason you’re having difficulties with your effort, know that our Green Advice Specialists are available to mentor you along your journey.