18 Eco Actions to Help Save Money and the Environment

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18 Eco Actions to Help Save Money and the Environment

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:22am


How many eco actions does it take for them to count?   According to the post, Does Size Matter for Ideas?, "the basic logic we use is the bigger the idea, the bigger the value, but often that's not true. There's a myth at work here: the assumption that big results only come from radical changes." 
When embarking on a sustainable lifestyle, the same myth comes into play.  Many assume that living green is an all or nothing approach. However, within our eco friendly consulting practice, we opt for the thought "a little bit of something, is a better than a whole lot of nothing."   Why?  Because it shifts ones perspective from an all or nothing approach to curiosity of how small changes can add up.  Thinking this way generally sparks enthusiasm that generates forward momentum in the recognition that every eco action is part of a larger whole.  
Here's a look at how seemingly small sustainable lifestyle changes add up to savings for your wallet and the environment
  1. Buy perishable groceries only as needed: It saves $50 a week and eliminates wasting produce and dairy products.

  2. Recycle cans, bottles, and paper: This cuts the family’s contribution to landfill by 66 percent.

  3. Insulate your hot water pipes.  Insulation will not only raise the temperature throughout the system with a lower water temperature setting, but you also conserve water since you don’t have to wait as long for hot water whenever you turn on a faucet or a shower. 

  4. Switch to CFLs, unplug computers, and turn out lights when leaving the room: That reduces electricity usage by one third.

  5. Grow a vegetable garden: It saves $300 a month on summertime groceries.

  6. Buy an annual share in a local organic farm: reduce what you pay each week for produce.

  7. Fix plumbing leaks.  A single leaky faucet can waste over 200 gallons of water a month

  8. Insulate the attic floor: It saves 156 gallons of oil — and approximately $546 — over one winter.

  9. Install a rain-water-collection system and soaker hoses: That cuts summertime water consumption in half.

  10. Install shades, drapes, awnings or sunscreens.  Consider products that block light on hot sunny days and retain heat during cold weather. This may seem old-fashioned and “lo-tech”, but it's time-tested and surprisingly effective.  Click here for more eco actions to save money and the environment. 


Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".




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