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Helping seniors go green

Most of us are aware that Earth Day is approaching next week on Friday, April 22. A day devoted to raising awareness about the Earth and the issues that affect it, this day is extremely unique for the fact that it is one of the only events that is celebrated worldwide, regardless of religion, politics, gender, age, etc. Many senior citizens want to jump on the green bandwagon and understand the concept but aren’t sure where they can make a difference. Besides acting to help preserve the environment, most seniors acknowledge that going green is a healthy and safe choice they can make on their behalf, yet there can be financial or physical limitations due to their age. Below is a list of easy changes seniors can make in their everyday lifestyle to help contribute to the movement.

Bright idea. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to save energy (and cash in the long-term) is to replace all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. This switch can save an average of sixty bucks a year! If the cost to replace all incandescent bulbs is too expensive, start by just changing the bulbs that are used more frequently. Additionally, use dimmers, motion sensors and timers wherever possible to cut down on wasted energy.

Water savers. Water usage contributes almost 15 percent of an average home’s energy bill. Reducing time in the shower and lowering the temperature on the water heater just by a few degrees can make a huge difference in energy consumed. Replacing plastic water bottles by investing in a water purifying system such as a Brita pitcher is also a great way to reduce our carbon footprint.

Green seal. Look for products at the grocery store or supermarket that have the third party certification that the item has low toxicity. Products with these seals don’t contain the chemicals that are known to be harmful to the environment.

So fresh, so clean. Maintaining good hygiene is one of the most effective ways seniors can go green. Making sure dirt and harmful pollutants are away from your home and body helps to reduce time spent in vacuuming, mopping or sweeping the floor thus adding to quality of life, in addition to cutting down on energy used.

It can be hard for anyone to change a life-long habit but it can be done. Starting off with simple, easy steps such as these will help the senior in your life feel like they are making a contribution—every little bit counts!

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