How Green Are You?

As gardeners we have the ability to grow a good portion of our own food items. Just by growing our own food and or by eating locally grown unprocessed food items we can save 2,268 kg in CO2 emissions over the course of the year? Let me correct that … just by eating these types of foods once a week you can save that amount of C02 emissions. Just think of how much more you could do to help protect the planet if you ate home grown or locally produced food daily?

How did I come up with that figure? Well I was reading an article about reducing C02 emissions and it had 20 great tips that are easy to follow and that I’m sure many people would be able to follow. If you were able to do even some of the suggestions listed in the article you’d not only reduce a substantial amount of C02 emissions, but you’d also lower your energy consumption and save a lot of money. Perhaps savings in the $1000′s each year.

When you don’t eat food that you’ve grown in your own garden, or that’s unprocessed and locally grown, you have to add in the toll on the environment that processing food items, and then transporting them, sometimes as much as much as 2,500 km costs in C02 emissions, not to mention fuel and energy usage as well.

I know that not all of the gardeners who read this blog grow vegetables or fruit as well as their flowering plants and perennials, but if you don’t, please think about supporting your local agriculture. If you do have room, you can grow some veggies in containers, or in a small area of your flower beds. I grow strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and some leafy greens between many of my flowering plants and you know what? They blend in just fine and oh … they are so tasty! I also grow beans, cucumbers and tiny tom tomatoes in containers on my patio, herbs and even more leafy greens, radishes, and peas in window box like containers on a platform outside my back porch.

I have purposely utilized my gardening space so that I can grow food and lovely, lovely flowers. You can too!

Now that it’s getting warmer in most areas there are other ways to reduce C02 emissions such as washing your clothing in cold water and putting them out on a clothes line to dry. Almost all of the appliances in our home are new and built to save energy, but we still need to get a new washer and dryer. We’ve still got the same ones that were here when we moved in and they were said to be 25 years old when we got the house so I guess our elderly appliances are going on 31 years of age! There’s no way that they are energy efficient. I know that. So I always wash in cold water and a good portion of our loads go out on the clothes line to dry. Not in the dead of winter, but we do have a clothes line set up in the basement so we still save some energy and C02 emissions in the winter that way too.

The clothes that I do hang out on the line always smell so nice and fresh when I bring them in. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do this more often.

The dryer is apparently one of the worst household offenders as far as C02 emissions go, and ours being so old must be the worst of the worst. Just by hanging the clothes out on the line for 6 months of the year you can save 318 kg in C02 emissions, and at least €55 (£37 or $73 USD). By hanging our clothes outside and not using our ancient machine I probably save three times that!

Please do take a look at that article and see what you can do to cut the C02 emissions that you produce in your home. Remember, many of the suggestions will also lower your energy bill and save you money too. It’s worth taking a peak at.






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Learn about going green at GreenOptions.com

I have just visited a website that I think, and hope, many of my readers will find useful. The site is called Green Options: Greening the Good Life. For a newly launched website it certainly has a lot of great information and features. I think this new site has been well planned and should see a lot of success in the near future.

One reason why I like this site is that I attempt to go Green whenever possible. By this I mean I try to cut down on my usage of electricity by using energy saving compact florescent bulbs, I compost our food scraps, fertilize and care for my lawn and garden using natural means, recycle, purchase items made from “renewed” materials, and among many other things that my husband and I do to stay green we also live close enough to work that we can walk, thus doing our part to cut down on air pollution and save gas.

I’m always looking for new ways to help the environment and of course to save some money while doing so, and I think this new site – Greenoptions.com will go a long way towards helping me in my goals.

When you go to the site you will first visit the main page which lists the various features of the site – blog, forums, the Green Life Guide, and the Green Report. You’ll also see some featured recent articles.

When I visited the blog I discovered that it is written by several authors, and that there appears to be a number of well written articles each day. Topics such as Alternate fuel vehicles, energy, climate change, renewable power, home and garden, conservation plus many more topics including a “tip of the day” are covered. After reading just a few of the articles in the blog I feel that I can learn quite a bit about “going green”, and learned that there is a lot more that I could be doing to protect the environment.

The forums appear to be newer than the blog, and does not have a lot of members as of yet. However, I can see the forum as a great place to discuss what’s going on in the world in relation to “Green” topics, and to meet other like minded individuals.

The Green Life Guide appears to contain articles that will inform you about ways in which you can practice green living and affect change in the world by learning about environmental organizations. Where as the Green Report appears to be a collection of news articles from around the world related to the environment and what the world’s leaders are doing about climate change and pollution.

All in all I really like this new site. It’s user friendly and very informative. If you are new to being “Green” I would suggest beginning at the blog and working your way through the various site features from there.

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