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How you benefit from being green

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There is one giant incentive for us all to be environmentally friendly - and that's to save our planet and its resource. Being environmentally friendly not only helps the earth around you, though. It provides benefits for you, too.

There are hundreds of subtle alterations that you can make to help both yourself and the environment. Probably one of the more noticeable effects will be on your bank balance. By being mindful of how much electricity you use around the home, flicking switches, turning off taps and opting for 'off' over 'standby' will soon become a reflex if you persist at it, and will save you money on your bills, too. You can also change your light bulbs to ones that use less energy - you won't notice the difference until you see that your electricity bill looks like a shadow of its former self.

Becoming more caring towards the planet will also have many health benefits. By swapping your car for walking or riding a bike on short journeys, you will be reducing carbon emissions as well as your waistline. If you weren't saving enough on bills already, this will leave extra money saved on petrol, and reduce the wear and tear on your car.

Sourcing food locally will also benefit you, your health and the environment. Cows are a major source of methane, a greenhouse gas. By opting for locally produced milk, you will be supporting your local community, which has used far less fuel to get to your corner shop. And the lower fat food alternatives will have your arteries thanking you, too.

Grow your own vegetable patch, which will save you a lot of money, too. Without using harmful pesticides, you'll be able to collect vegetables without having getting next day delivery on a supermarket delivery.

Another way to save money is to be mindful with what you use, and reuse as much as possible. If you can reuse a sandwich bag here, a shopping bag there, and find a way to recycle as much as possible before throwing it away, you'll save a bit of money alongside being eco-friendly.

Also, try switching from your usual household cleaning spray to a more natural, herbal one. This will help the environment and your health. There are speculations that regular household sprays are unhealthy, and are said to sometimes aggravate the symptoms of allergic reactions and asthma.

Protecting the planet for generations way ahead in the future might not be a strong enough incentive for you to change your ways. By being greener, though, you can help the current generation, including yourself, live better lives in the not-so-distant future, too.

Global warming isn't just something that our great grandchildren are going to have to worry about. It's no coincidence that being good to the environment benefits humankind, too. Being good to the planet is synonymous with being good to ourselves - less chemicals, less spending, less pollution and more care.

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