Educate yourself

With each passing day, we are bombarded with news, statistics and information about Global Warming. We are urged to recycle, reduce our carbon footprint, etc. But apart from using less water or taking fewer vacations abroad, is there something more effective and long-lasting that we can do, something that not only benefits the ecosystem, but also us? Going green is not just cool or trendy; it not only helps improve our environment and save our ecosystem, it can save you plenty of money on your electricity and gas bills, and reduces the number of carbon footprints used daily.

Believe it or not, many government entities that focus on ecologically challenging initiatives have difficulty wrapping their minds around eco-friendly, sustainable or renewable topics because they’re extremely expensive yet still relatively infant in nature. You, however, can educate yourself and stay abreast of changes in carbon footprints.

Solarize your home

Solar energy is a sought-after commodity, growing increasingly popular with each passing year. With recent advancements in solar powered technology, consumers now have more options than ever before. There are even do-it-yourself kits being sold for solar panel powered electricity. These were designed to easily be put together by the individual consumer at their place of residence or business.

We are constantly bombarded with scary stories about energy supplies running low, forests disappearing and global warming. New innovations which utilize recycled products are encouraged and indeed this year’s goal should be solarizing our homes to better produce sustainable energy.

OPT for organic foods

To know what is organic agriculture, you should probably step back and break both parts of organic and agriculture down.  Either way, it has many different eclectic definitions and sub-meanings, yet all are congruent with the fact it’s simply a complicated farming system that relies on a diverse ecological management system instead of agricultural inputs from other external sources.

Considering the potential environmental impacts and social connotations, this is a complex system that begins by eliminating the use of synthetic inhibitors like unneeded fertilizers as well as other DDT-like products, genetically modified seeds and breeds, other chemical additives and even preservatives.

These harmful agents are replaced, inevitably, with frugal site practices that manage and overlook annual soil fertility while preventing the presence of other known diseases and pests that could potentially harm crop output.

Wean yourself off electricity - Completely

You may have been with the same expensive energy provider for many years. Perhaps you feel you’re getting a good service, or maybe you think, as a loyal customer, you’re getting a better deal. You may not have made the move because you think switching to a new provider is too much hassle or not worth your time.  Your providers don’t make it easy for you to leave either – at least without making your life hell when you want to install self-sustained energy producing apparatuses.

You’d be surprised how many companies work behind-the-scenes to initialize their own eco-friendly energy programs.  If your energy provider isn’t green with envy and has no plans for such initiatives, ditching them only takes requesting your final bill.  If that doesn’t work, find an eco-warrior that will speak up for your greener needs, then hit your local government agency who is waiting to give you tax credits for saving them money.

Clean "Green"

Notwithstanding of other great products or services around, many people are still switching to green house cleaning services in alarming numbers simply because they offer industry-strength cleaning without emitting harsh odors during the process.  For many people who prefer to go with harsh chemicals, enjoy the headaches these bring as they’re no more or less powerful than green products.

While nobody around your town probably cares about how well the ingredients work, you can be the ecological champion around the neighborhood when you profess your love for green products and cleaner aromatics which tend to accompany eco-friendly house cleaning services and products.

Harvest Rainwater

If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest longer than a month, you know it gets rainy. Not, of course, as much as is painted by Hollywood, in movies – but pretty darn close. However, the fall and winter months unbridle a low, misty cloud-bank that is much cooler and often torrential. Rainfall in the Midwest comes in droves, too. And even the South.

While the steady rainfall is also what we’ve got to thank for America’s lush, beautiful landscape, it also brings something better — a means to collect tons of rainwater for later use.

The feasibility and efficiency of rainwater collection within any single community, even America-wide, is conducive to amount of annual rainfall. Collection takes only a catchment device and a means to siphon water back into homes. It’s an awesome (and quite common) method of carbon offsetting, in fact, because people that don’t rely on city’s tainted resources can live much cleaner off rainwater. Rainwater collection isn’t obtrusive, although many undereducated activists believe rainwater harvesting is ‘theft’.

It all adds up

The planet we exist on is waning, mainly due to our own ecological misgivings. We all waste too much energy and cause damage that we don’t even know we are causing. The greenhouse gases we emit are damaging the ozone layer, we rarely care about carbon footprints and one day – when all water and air is tainted – we’ll regret having poor emissions standards.

Since our government sure doesn’t like carbon offsetting, perhaps you’d like to reduce the amount of carbon you’re unwillingly emitting into the atmosphere. By buying organic (not shrink wrapped or Styrofoam-encased) foods, going solar and harvesting rainwater, you’ll do local ecosystems – and our world – a great favor.