While many have mocked the promotion of Green issues designed to help the environment and improve standards of living, does Going Green really equate to massive savings for the consumer?
There is no doubt that green issues are here to stay, and while progress is slow in many areas of society, governments throughout the world are being put under serious pressure to reduce emissions and waste. It has been shown time and time again that years of growing emissions and mounting waste dumps are starting to have a major effect on the environment in which we live.
From a more personal point of view, there are many ways in which the consumer can save money AND do their bit for the environment. Some of the easier ways to participate include:
1. Turing down you central heating thermostat just one degree. This will result in greatly reduced emissions over time and a saving on your heating bill.
2. Using longer lasting light bulbs. These new green light bulbs are becoming more and more popular, and while they are not cheap, they do offer value for money in the long term.
3. Sharing cars / using public transport. This is another issue which has plagued the transport sector for years, with many complaining that public services are not up to standard, and the service providers complaining they cannot invest until usage increases.
4. Recycling. While recycling was once an option, it has now become law in many parts of the country, with suggestions of fines against those who do not recycle sufficient waste.
While there are many small savings to be made, which can add up to substantial savings over time, the retail world has finally realised that the green issue is here to stay. Even though this has resulted in a wider range of products, it has also allowed them to increase prices with many consumers often blinded by the potential cost savings.
If you are careful and even just by instigating some very simple changes, there is the opportunity to greatly reduce your cost of living – as well as doing your bit for the environment!