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 user 2007-10-22 at 11:15:00 am Views: 58
  • #18968

    No excuse for not going “green”
    Oct. , 2007excuses why consumers aren’t greener
    consumers talk a good game about going green but they stop short of
    taking action. Why exactly? Is it the cost or maybe it’s something
    else? According to, here are the five main excuses
    consumers give for not going green.

    First, it’s too expensive.
    Some consumers think going green means installing $20,000-$40,000 solar
    panels, but that’s not the case. For example, we’ve talked about
    compact fluorescent light bulbs before as a way to save on your
    electric bill. They cost $2-$3 upfront but last 10 times longer than
    standard bulbs. Turning your thermostat a degree lower for heat and a
    degree higher for air conditioning can save around $100 a year as well.

    #2: My individual effort won’t make a difference. says in
    2006 Americans saved $14 billion off their energy bills– enough energy
    to avoid the equivalent emissions of 25 million cars. Does that sound
    like a difference to you?

    Excuse #3: Going green doesn’t fit my
    lifestyle. That’s wrong too. You don’t need to live in the country to
    be eco-friendly. Using public transportation and even shopping at local
    farmer’s markets are ways city living can still help the environment.

    #4: Green products don’t work as well. Maybe that was true when green
    products were first introduced in the 1970′s, but today many green
    products actually outperform their non-green counterparts. For example,
    Consumer Reports say front-loading washing machines save energy but
    clean better than standard, traditional washers.

    The last
    excuse: I don’t know where to start. You may be a little “green”
    already and don’t know it. For instance, if you buy bulk items from
    places like Costco, you’re using less packaging which is a great place
    to start helping mother earth. Another small action you can take is
    with your home office. You probably have a power strip with many
    components (computer, monitor, printer, modem) plugged into it. Even
    when the components are turned off, the power strip is still draining
    electricity. If you turn the strip off when not using the computer, you
    can save 10% a year off your energy bill.