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Environmental Benefits of Going Green

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 10 Apr 2013 | comments*Discuss
Environmental Benefits Of Going Green

There are several different reasons why people are ‘going green’ when it comes to looking at a buying or building a home which is friendlier to the environment. For many, their overall environmental awareness and belief that they have a moral responsibility to uphold their environmental values in every aspect of their life means that when it comes to housing, there can be no compromises. Whilst, for others, they may not be quite so rigid in all of their consumer choices but they also want to do ‘their bit’ for the planet and, at the same time, hopefully, save some money in the process over the long-term.

Choosing to Live in an Environmentally Friendly Way

Those of us who place our commitment to helping the environment at or close to the top of life’s priorities often choose to do so as we are only too aware of the damage that mankind has perpetrated upon the environment. Whilst planet Earth may be a finite size, we understand that resources are anything but finite, especially with the global population increasing daily - a long established trend which is only set to continue. Some of our natural resources have already been depleted and, we’ve come to realise that if we don’t do something about it now, our only legacy will be to leave a trail of destruction for our children and our grandchildren to try to clear up which we have left behind.

We should, by now, understand that it all starts with going green at home if we want our children and future generations to be able to enjoy the same standard of living that we’ve had in our lifetime. Despite many of us being only too happy to save money for our children’s future for things like their education, weddings etc., isn’t it about time we started saving fuel resources, cleaner air and fresh water for future generations that will come after us?

The Importance of Recycling

Many people simply dispose of unwanted or used and consumed items without giving it much thought. They simply don’t bother to consider the consequences of their actions. For example, things like batteries and electronics items often contain chemicals where, if they end up on a landfill site, they will eventually seep through the bottom and pollute the ground water. This results not only in the contamination of our water supply but also contamination of the soil in which we grow our food. Once in the food and water supply chain, these chemicals are impossible to get rid of so we are putting our own and future generations supplies of food and water and our own and future generations health at risk. Simply put, by not recycling, you are diminishing energy, water and other natural resources that mankind relies upon which is why you should get hold of a list of going green tips which you and your family can follow as well as doing some research on the green products which are available to you

Here are some statistics which might come as a surprise to you:

  • You can save enough energy to power a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours by recycling just a single glass bottle
  • What if you could play a part in producing 7000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and save enough electricity to provide power to your home for 6 months? – Well, did you know that all these things are possible if, collectively, we recycle a ton of paper?

And, what about costs? The more we throw out, the quicker the landfill sites become full and then we have to pay to build another one. Yes, we, as taxpayers have to foot the bill so, the more our individual communities can do to produce less waste, the more money we can save.

Financial Benefits of Going Green

Given the huge increases in the cost of fuel prices over recent years, it’s little wonder why more and more people are choosing green homes and business premises these days. Green homes have more effective insulation, make the most of the sun with solar power, minimise the effects of the heat in the summer and favour energy efficient appliances and water conservation features. And, whilst it may take some time to recoup the costs by installing these items, there are many loans, grants and subsidies to assist you in going green and, over time, you’ll reap the benefits of the cost savings you’ll make. You’ll be making a firm commitment to helping the planet recover which will make the world a healthier place for future generations and, perhaps most importantly, lessen the damage you are causing to the environment which bears the greatest cost of all.

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