5 Steps to live green

Today more than ever we talk about living green. But how can we reduce our consumption? You might be surprised to learn that the best you can do for your bank account is to live greener. In fact, to improve our habits in favor of the environment saves us money while ensuring a healthy and clean future for our children. Sounds good? Try these five easy steps to help the planet and save money.

Did you know that 99% of the products we buy end up in the trash can in less than 6 months after your purchase? Every time we buy something we do not need, we are damaging the environment and wasting money that could be spent on something more important, something that is not intended as soon away.

But how do you know which products are really needed? The next time you go shopping, try this simple exercise: when you’re about to buy something, get yourself two questions: What if I do not buy? and do I really need? If the answer to the latter question is “no”, better leave the product in the store and salt with a clear conscience and more bills in your pocket.

A flower pot beautify the home, creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It also has many health benefits: a single potted plant can clean between 45 and 80 percent of air pollutants in just 24 hours!

Physically and psychologically, have plants at home or the workplace makes us feel better, breathe better, we get tired less and feel more comfortable. The benefits are many and as we spent most of our time indoors in air-conditioned places, well worth buying one or two potted plants for the home or office. And once they grow well, they can be separated to share with friends!

In any home energy leaks. Although perhaps none do by itself a big difference in your electricity bill, the sum of these day after day in shows.

To eliminate leaks, unplug appliances that are not in use, close the curtains in summer to keep out the sun replaced the old bulbs with energy saving bulbs, turn off the lights when you leave the room.

When the time comes to replace electrical appliances, try to buy appliances with the Energy Star label or equivalent. And do not forget to investigate the legal advantages of upgrading your electrical appliances – some governments give financial support to buy efficient appliances – another opportunity to save money.

A small leak does not hurt anyone … and besides, fix costs! True?

Do not! In fact, a small leak can waste up to 5000 liters in a single day.

Although it costs a bit to repair the leak, you will save over the long term – also can be a good time to install a faucet or water saver toilet, thus lowering your water consumption and therefore your monthly bill.

If you do not have enough money to fix the leak at this time, you can collect the water in a bowl and use it to water plants or wash pots for a leaky toilet can be useful close the stopcock located behind the toilet ( look for it near the floor next to the wall), opening it only when you want to lower the water.

Do you live far from your workplace? Talk to your acquaintances, you will most likely find someone who works in the same area. With gasoline prices rising higher, benefits all of us traveling together, sharing the cost of gasoline and reducing our carbon footprint.

If you live near your work, you can choose to bike or walk: also help you to be healthier and lose some kilos.

And of course, we must investigate public transportation options: ask at the town hall or the Ministry of Communication and Transport for information on routes and transport types that exist in your area. It can be more convenient than you think!