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Changing to Live "Green"

Updated on November 30, 2009

Going "Green"

The term “green living” has hit nearly all of our markets. They are building “green homes”, creating cars that run on “eco friendly” fuels, implementing more natural sources of energy, organic supermarkets have become extremely popular, folks have even found eco-friendly ways to make items like bed sheets. In order to preserve our earth, we need to, as a whole be more conscious of what we are doing, and what we are putting into the earths soil and its atmosphere. We need to reduce the amount of waste we produce, and recycle what we can.

Not only is it beneficial to our lives, it is preserving the lives of many different species of animals, and the quality of lives our generations to come will have. It is also proving to be beneficial to our pocketbooks. The goal is to reduce the amount and toxicity of trash you discard, reuse what containers and products you can, and recycle as much as possible.

Save Our Wildlife

By living a "greener" lifestyle, we can preserve animal species.
By living a "greener" lifestyle, we can preserve animal species.

Renewable Energy Sources

The types of renewable energies and resources available to us today are numerous, and in themselves could be each their own hub topic. They include:Solar, Wind, Water, Geothermal, and biomass energies.

Right now what seems to be on most people’s minds in America is the housing market and the fuel prices. There are economic ways to deal with both of these issues. I’m of course not saying that geothermal energy will save the housing market, but there are ways for you to save money on energy costs and at the same time treat our planet a little better.

In terms of housing, many builders have been implementing solar energy to heat the homes hot water heaters, swimming pools, solar daylighting, and space heating & cooling. There are even ways for residential homeowners to, with the right equipment and set-up, produce enough energy to operate off-grid, and even possibly sell the extra electricity back to some municipalities!

As for the fuel situation, biomass, which has been around since we began eating cooked food, is an excellent alternative to petroleum based fuels. Biomass or bioenergy is basically deriving energy from plant based materials, like burning wood to cook food. A more recent way of harnessing biomass is in biofuels-a renewable liquid fuel. By mixing vegetable oil with alcohol, people can create a fuel that diesel engines can run off of which in turn produces less greenhouse gas emissions than a regular gasoline car would produce.

The creative people of our world have found numerous products that are earth conscious and at the same time providing a better product than one a chemical compound can make. The basic rules are that these products must be organic, renewable, or recycled. There is “green bedding” and clothing made from organic cottons that are free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers now available. It really is amazing that every aspect of our lives can be altered just a little bit, and it can make a big difference to the world we live in.

If we each put a little effort into it, we can make a difference. Stay tuned for more hubs on related “green living” topics.

Organic Living


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    • Joel McDonald profile image

      Joel McDonald 9 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Great hub! I can't agree with you more.

      The one thing I thought was ironic, though, was the "green builders". Yes, there are a lot of builders who put up a great, environmentally friendly product with one exception... Most of them build the home so far away from employment centers that homeowners have to commute 20 or 30 miles to work. This extra commute completely offsets the reduced carbon footprint of the home itself.

      Cheers to those that buy the more expensive land and build closer to sources of employment. Sure, they have to charge higher prices, but as gas prices continue to increase, homeowners are coming to the realization that they can afford as much as $100K more expensive home if they're commuting 20 or 25 miles less to work every day.

    • stevemark122000 profile image

      stevemark122000 9 years ago from Southern California

      Switching to better products that are better for the environment is something we should all be doing. Great Job!