When it comes to eco friendly and green lifestyle many people refuse from that just because they associate it with very high expenditures. They think that it will cost a lot more to choose eco friendly food, energy, household goods and other things. Does it really costs so much to help the environment or is it just an excuse.
If we talk about eco friendly energy, than it really takes some investments to equip your home. Most popular eco friendly energy is solar power. These investments depend on the way you want to equip the house. For example, you can get solar heating system, solar roof or other solar powered systems. The costs of this equipment really are high. If you want to use solar energy for every electronic devise than you will have to invest few thousands euro, but remember that you will save in a long term. You won’t have to pay for the electricity so much so the solar power equipment can pay off within few years. If you can’t afford to pay the whole amount of money at once, you can get a loan and then cost each month won’t change too much.
Most of the water conservation methods also need some investments. For example, you can change the bath to shower, change the water heating system to more efficient one, change the water tanks etc. Although it takes some investments at first, remember you will save huge amount of money on water consumption. Again, it will be efficient in long term. If you don’t have enough money for these investments, at least don’t waste too much water while doing everyday housework. That doesn’t cost anything. Even more, you will save some money on saved water.
Households’ goods and cosmetics however is another story. It doesn’t take huge investments, but people think that eco friendly products are more expensive. Most of the eco friendly products really are more expensive, but not all of them. Some eco friendly brands are even cheaper than most popular brands that produce cosmetic from chemical raw materials. Even more, if you use some organic products as cleaning products, for example vinegar and baking soda, you will be able to save huge amounts of money. You only have to think creative and figure out which organic products are suitable for each need.
The same situation is with eco friendly food. People think that this kind of food is very expensive and perishable, although it all depends on your individual choices. First you should consider making a small garden to grow some fruits and vegetables. That will let you save money on food and all the products will be as eco friendly and healthy as you make them. Second thing you should consider is to buy products at the market, not supermarkets. That also will let you save money. Some eco friendly products really are more expensive than manufactured ones, but if you save money in the ways mentioned before, you will be able to buy them.
So all together eco friendly lifestyle is not more expensive if you know what you are doing. In some cases you can even save money instead of wasting it. Think creative and calculate the total costs of living green in long term.