Keeping The World Clean Starts With Seniors That Go Green
Posted on August 24, 2016
It's no secret that our society is one of consumption. It's
a natural byproduct of being a capitalist country. Barraged with advertisements
everywhere we go, it's no wonder why we're so materialistic. We buy the latest
technology or the trendiest clothing because it seems imperative to do so. We
measure our success in terms of material possessions to "keep up with the
Joneses." But, there is no one definition of success.
One person’s definition of success can be radically
different from another’s. For some seniors, success is being
a contributing member of society who watches their carbon footprint.
Considering we are consuming the Earth’s resources at an alarming rate, this
makes a world of sense. Ensuring that the Earth is still standing for future
generations is a job someone has to
Being green isn’t as hard or expensive as you think. All it
takes is some minor modifications in your everyday routine. Below you’ll find
all the senior-friendly ways you can be successful at home—by going green.
Saving energy helps the environment by decreasing power
- Turn the
lights off. Conserve energy by remembering to turn the lights off when you
leave a room. Not only are you saving energy, this will lower your electricity
bulbs. Change your energy inefficient lightbulbs to efficient ones, like
CFL bulbs. These bulbs last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
electronics. Did you know that a cell phone charger still consumes energy
even when a phone isn’t connected to it? Unplug your unused electronics.
touch the thermostat. Minimize the amount you use your home’s air
conditioning and heater. When you’re feeling chilly, put on an extra layer and
some fuzzy socks. Take preventative measures for the heat. Use insulation
strips on the doors and windows and don’t forget to draw the shades.
Efficiency is Key
Make sure all your household appliances are running
efficiently. This is key to achieving a green home.
- Stock and
clean. Keep your freezer full of goods and clean your refrigerator coils
- Do full
loads. When doing laundry or the dishes, remember to always wash a full
your car. Get rid of all the unnecessary junk in your car. The extra weight
decreases your car’s fuel efficiency. And if possible, carpool. Better yet—walk
or ride your bike.
Fight deforestation by reducing your paper usage.
- Pay bills
online. Opt for paperless statements and pay your bills online.
- Do your
taxes online. File your taxes electronically.
e-tickets. You can download e-tickets to your phone for movies, amusement
parks, air travel or concerts.
- Use a
lunch bag. Pack lunches in reusable bags rather than brown paper ones.
- Dry your
hands on cloth. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
- Say ‘no’
at the checkout. Refuse the supermarket’s grocery bags and bring a reusable
online. Cancel your newspaper subscription and read the news online.
- Share old
reading material. Have old magazines or newspapers laying around? Donate
them to your local doctor's office or share them with your neighbors.
Why Waste Water?
Freshwater makes up a very small fraction of all water on
the planet. Conserve the world’s water supply by being mindful of your water
- Cut it
short. Take shorter showers. Just one minute in the shower uses over two
- Turn it
off. Turn the faucet off when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your
- Wait to
flush. Apply the “if it’s yellow” rule and consolidate your flushes.
- Go to the
carwash. Take your car to the carwash instead of hosing it down yourself,
they’re much more efficient.
water. Re-use the water you cook with for the garden.
water the lawn. Brown is the new green, so let your lawn turn brown.
- Don’t buy
bottled water. Use a reusable water bottle to reduce both plastic and water
Repurpose Disposable Products
Why go out and buy something when you can repurpose
something you already have? Not only will you save yourself money, you’ll be
saving our Earth too.
- Save the
butter wrappers. Most people throw away the paper when they unwrap their
butter. Save your butter wrappers in a bag for later. Whenever you need to
grease a baking tray, you’ll be ready to go with your pre-buttered wipes.
plastic silverware. Keep using your disposable silverware. Yes, you're
supposed to throw them away after one use, but that's not the green way. You
can repurpose the plastic silverware by using them as markers for your plants.
Write labels or watering instructions and stick them in the soil.
dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are wonderful, but they’re not recyclable.
Instead of adding to the landfill, repurpose your dryer sheets. Put them inside
your car to freshen the air, or into your shoes to mask the stink. If you put
clothes away for the season, stick a few of these bad boys in with it. When you
open up your drawers for the winter, all your sweaters will smell dryer fresh.
The Successful Senior
If you’re feeling unsuccessful, take pride in the little
achievements accomplished at home. As you make these small changes in your
daily life, know that you are contributing to the bigger picture.
As author Robert Collier once said, “Success is the sum of
all efforts—repeated day in and day out”. Continue
making small efforts towards living a greener life and consider yourself a
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