With Global Warming’s negative effect on our planet, its vital that we all take steps toward reducing our carbon footprint on Earth. If you aren’t familiar with what term carbon footprint means, according to www.carbonfootprint.com,  “A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.”

Taking the steps to live an eco-friendly lifestyle can sometimes seem difficult, especially when we are already caught up in our busy work and family lives, so I’ve gone and gathered some simple steps that you can easily apply to your lifestyle to help you go green, while saving some green as well. 

Say No to Starbucks:
As a mother of two I often find myself drained and in need of a pick me up when it comes to energy. I go to Starbucks and love their Chai Tea, but hate the $4 price tag that comes with it. If  I buy two Chai Lattes a week that is almost $9 out of my pocket and a total of almost $500 dollars a year. So, I headed to the supermarket to find an alternative. What I found was many other options that could help satisfy my tea and caffeine craving.

Bigelow has over 20 types of tea. One box of 20 only costs $2.99 which leaves each cup of tea come out to only .15 per serving. At home I can make it with ease and at school I can warm up some water in a mug, use the cafeteria milk and sugar and voila, I save some green. Each year Starbucks serves over four billion cups of coffee. That is a lot extra garbage stacking up in the landfill. By finding alternatives to fast food tea or coffee at the Supermarket and using a mug, you give back while keeping some extra green in your pocket.

Takeout Containers:
Instead of tossing your takeout containers in the trash, you can normally recycle them if they have the imprint underneath. If not, then you can reuse them. Instead of buying lunch,make a simple yet tasty lunch instead. By taking a couple of minutes to prepare a sandwich, and some veggies or fruits as well; you not only eat healthy and save money, but help reduce the waste that would have been left over in the garbage from food that you purchase daily.

Being conservative, at a rate of $5 a day five times a week, that is $25 you spend at a minimum at school or work for lunch. In a year that’s over $1000 that you can save, while helping keep trash out of bins. 

Recyclable Batteries:
 You can save big on batteries for the remote, PS4 controller, and digital camera by using rechargeable batteries. I’m not talking about the old school way that our mother taught me us by putting the batteries in the freezer.  Just go to Staples or shop online at Amazon, where you can buy a charger and a pack of four batteries for less than $20.

The average pack of batteries is about $3 for two. So imagine how much you can save a year, if you just recharge. If you run through 10 batteries a month, that’s about $30 a month and over $200 a year that you can save while keeping your used up batteries from adding to the waste that is ever accumulating in our landfills.

Skype, Oovoo:
 Whether in school or work you will find that you need to meet up and share notes and brainstorm at times for any upcoming important projects. Instead of jumping in a car and burning gas, jump online and to a video chat.  On Skype you can easily talk to someone remotely and do video as well. If you want to have a big group, Ooovo has an option for groups of up to four people.  If you do not have Internet access, then you can do three-way calls to one another and conference each other in that way. 

By applying just one of the four steps above, you help to decrease your carbon footprint while saving yourself some cash every year.