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12 Ways to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle (and save money)

12 Ways to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle (and save money)


We live in a modern world where most people consume and pollute. Instead of wasting at such vast degrees, we should make a point to be as sustainable and self-reliant as possible. This effort is an excellent way to both help the earth and saves money. Here are 12 ways to live a sustainable lifestyle (and save money in the long run).

12 Tips for a More Sustainable Lifestyle

1. Grow Your Own Food

Instead of getting into the car to go to the store and putting toxins in the air and buying food that needed to be transported and possibly packaged, grow your fruits and vegetables at home.

Do your research to learn what foods grow best in your area and how to grow them. When the time comes, you’ll have the freshest vegetables possible. Plus, you will know exactly how they were raised and what they were treated with since you were the one who grew them.

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2. Recycle

Recycling is the process of taking used material and repurposing it instead of adding to the already overfilled landfills in the world. Not everything can be recycled, but the items that can go to a recycling center which helps bring it to a new, reusable form.

Place plastic, paper, and glass in a separate container specifically for recyclable materials. In many cases, the city will provide a recyclables bin for you. In some cases, you may even be able to make money off of your recyclable materials. The following states offer money for bottles and cans:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Vermont

If you live in one of these states, collect your cans and bottles. The recycling center will typically offer a nickel per item. You can help the environment while also earning some extra money. Talk to an employee at the center to learn about any other materials they would pay you for.

3. Ditch Your Car

Cars are a significant source of air pollution, especially in metropolitan areas. Many people drive to work or the store when they could easily take an alternative method of transportation. If you can take one car off the road every day by walking or biking to work, you are making a significant difference.

However, you should consider public transportation if walking or biking is not a reasonable method for you. If that also doesn’t work for your commute, create a carpool at your work.  You can save gas money by taking turns driving with other people at the office. It will reduce the number of pollutants in the air, too.

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4. Install Solar Panels

One of the most exciting new sustainable inventions in recent years is the solar panel. You can place these on your home to generate your electricity. Of course, you still have backup power from the electric company. However, since you are producing your electricity most of the time, your electric bill will be significantly reduced or even nothing.

The solar panels collect the sun’s rays and turn it into electricity. When you need to use it, it’s distributed throughout your house. Since this method requires the sun, it works best in sunny locations.

The solar panels generally go on top of your current roof. However, Tesla has invented a roof made of solar panels. It’s expensive, but it’s attractive and saves you money in utilities.

5. Shop From Environmentally Responsible Companies

You have a lot of options as a consumer. It’s your job to make responsible decisions about who you buy from. You shouldn’t only focus on price. You need to pay attention to the way the company packages its products and their manufacturing practices. There may be a reason that a particular product is cheaper than the competition.

These items probably won’t last as long as other options, meaning you’ll spend more when you need to be a second product. Also, specific packaging and manufacturing processes are bad for the apartment.

6. Shop With Reusable Bags

Think of all of the plastic bags used when people go out grocery shopping or shopping at the local pharmacy. Even though they are plastic, these bags can not be recycled. In fact, some countries are even banning the use of plastic bags when shopping. Think ahead and bring your reusable bags.

There are sustainable bags designed to use over and over again. This habit will eliminate the need to use plastic bags. Just don’t forget to bring them with you when you head out to shop.

7. Drive an Electric Car

If you can’t possibly get rid of your car, that doesn’t mean you can’t make responsible decisions about the vehicle you drive. Some vehicles are known for being “gas guzzlers.” They consume a lot of gas. This moniker means you’ll be stuck going to the gas station more often and spending more money. Common gas guzzlers include Hummers and large trucks. Compare vehicles before buying.

Luckily, there are electric vehicles and hybrids now that don’t require as much gas. These vehicles rely on electricity or a combination of both electricity and gas. You won’t be stopping for gas as often or putting the same amount of pollution into the air.

8. Buy Energy Star Appliances

Most modern homes utilize refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and other appliances to help complete chores. It’s almost unheard of not to have these appliances around the house. However, these appliances use up a lot of electricity and water. As they get older, they may even require more to complete the same amount of work. Specific machines are designed to use less water and electricity than usual.

These appliances will have an Energy Star sticker on them. This designation lets you know they adhere to a certain standard of efficiency. You will save money on your utility bills. Plus, you will be more sustainable.

sustainable life9. Eat Local

Think about how food gets from where it was made to your plate. In some cases, this involves an extensive long-distance journey. The journey means putting pollution into the air. Plus, the food isn’t as fresh as it once was when it finally arrives at its destination.

Instead of eating at places that require the food to come from all over the country, eat at restaurants and shop at farmer’s markets who only use food from local farmers and butchers. This food is likely less expensive since it doesn’t require travel costs.

Plus, it will be some of the freshest food you can eat. In these types of establishments, the food probably wasn’t frozen at any point. Finally, it was perhaps picked off of the vine that same day!

10. Use HVAC System Wisely

It’s completely unreasonable to assume that people will live in hot summers and cold winters without an HVAC system. This fact is especially relevant if you live in a location with an extreme climate. However, you should use your HVAC system wisely.

First, you should get a unit with the Energy Star sticker we mentioned before. Also, you don’t need to set the unit to extreme temperatures. Instead of setting it at 68 degrees in the summer, try setting it at 78. You want to make yourself comfortable, but you don’t need to overdo it. You should also consider using a smart thermometer.

The smart thermometer can change the temperature when no one is in the home. It can even set it back when people come home for the day. Finally, get regular maintenance from a professional HVAC technician every year.

11. Vote

It’s your job as a citizen to vote about the things that matter to you. Since we can’t vote on particular legislation, we need to vote for people who put environmental issues at the forefront. Research local, state-wide, and national politicians to learn who will support you and others who want to live a sustainable lifestyle.

When it’s time to vote, you should stop by the polls and cast your ballot. Some people only vote during national elections, but it’s important to vote in every election if you expect to see a change in your area. These changes can even result in significant savings for the government.

12. Volunteer

There are a vast number of organizations that work to help environmental issues and help sustainability efforts. Make a point to support and volunteer with these organizations. You may learn things during your volunteer service. You may also be able to make a difference in your community. Look for organizations that make an effort to clean up nature and plant trees. There are also organizations designed to help animals.

sustainable livingFinal Thoughts on Achieving a Sustainable Life That Saves the Planet (and your wallet)

The world needs our help. We tend to make more from the planet than we give. It also doesn’t hurt that being more sustainable can save us a lot of money, too. These tips are a great place to start, but keep looking for new ways to help.

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Lifestyle of the Rich and the Instafamous: How to Launch the Blogger Career of Your Dreams

Lifestyle of the Rich and the Instafamous: How to Launch


Lifestyle of the Rich and the Instafamous: How to Launch the Blogger Career of Your Dreams

As recently as just 15 or 20 years ago, the idea of launching a successful blogging career would have sounded laughable. People didn’t think there was any way to make serious money sitting at a computer and blogging all day long.

But by now, you’ve probably heard plenty of stories about people who have launched a blogger career and managed to rake in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars every year by running a blog.

You’re not going to get rich right away when you start a blog. But if you play your cards right and build up your blog over time, you could turn it into a lucrative operation before long.

Here is how to launch the blogger career of your dreams in seven simple steps.

1. Pick the Right Blog Topic

First things first: before you can launch a blog, you need to sit down and think long and hard about what the topic of your blog is going to be.

Are you going to use your blog to talk about:

  • Saving money?
  • Finding love?
  • Working your way through school?
  • Buying cars?
  • Playing sports?
  • Something else entirely?

If you want your blog to blow up in a big way, it’s usually best to pick a topic that will appeal to a large number of people. If you choose to write exclusively about, say, exotic animals found off the coast of Northern Africa, you’re going to attract a lot less attention than you would if you started a blog called “Cats Are the Coolest!”

You should, of course, be passionate about whatever your blog is going to cover. But try not to have it be too niche if you can help it.

2. Set up Your Blog

Once you know what your blog is going to be about, set it up through one of the many blog publishing platforms that are available out there.

This part of the process is intimidating for some people, especially those who aren’t great with technology. But setting up a blog is a lot simpler than you might think. You can get your blog up and running within a matter of just minutes in most cases.

3. Start Filling Your Blog with Content

After you set up your blog, it’s going to be time for you to get to work. And there is going to be a lot of work that will need to be done within the first few weeks.

You’re going to need to fill your blog with content that people will want to read. That means you’ll need to brainstorm and develop some great blog ideas.

If you’re having a hard time coming up with ideas for blogs, view more lifestyle blogs like yours to see what they’re covering. You should not steal their ideas and try to pass them off as your own. But you can usually drum up some good ideas based on blog topics other blogs have done in the past.

4. Use the Right Headlines for Blogs

You can come up with the most amazing ideas in the world for your blog. But if you don’t start them off with the best possible headlines, you’re going to be in a world of trouble. You’ll find people won’t take the time to read your blogs when that’s the case.

There are a few things you should try to accomplish with your blog headlines. First and foremost, they should be as “clickable” as they can be. You want your headlines to entice people to click on your blog headlines to visit your blog.

You should also consider keeping SEO in mind when creating blog headlines. You want your headlines to include certain keywords and phrases that people might be searching for on Google.

Additionally, your headlines should help set the tone for your blog as a whole. Whether you’re going to be running a super serious blog about science or a snarky blog about socialites, your headlines should reflect the feel of your blog.

5. Post Links to Blogs on Social Media

Bloggers used to struggle to promote the posts they put together once they went live. In many instances, they had to put together email newsletters to blast them out to those who were interested in their work.

Today, social media has made it a cinch to promote blogs and get people interested in reading them. By posting a link to your blogs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites, you can increase the traffic to your blog dramatically.

You do want to be careful about going too crazy with posting links to blogs on social media. You don’t want to run the risk of annoying your social media followers. But one or two links per day should do the trick.

6. Build Your Brand

Your goal throughout this entire process shouldn’t be just to establish a blog and get a few people interested in reading it. It should be to build up your personal brand and convince people to buy into you.

You want people to feel like they’re missing out on something special if they don’t read your blog. Building up your brand is easier said than done, but by blogging consistently and creating your own voice on social media, you can get the job done.

7. Find Ways to Monetize Your Blog

Bringing lots of readers to your blog is only half the battle. Once you’ve done it, you need to move on to figuring out good ways to monetize your blog so you can officially launch your blogger career.

Some bloggers choose to do this by selling ads on their blogs. Others do it by using affiliate marketing. There are even some who put together special promotional blog posts for companies willing to pay them to do it.

It’s up to you to decide the best way to go about monetizing your blog. Try to pick the one that’ll bring in money without compromising the integrity of your blog.

Get Your Blogger Career Going Now

Launching a blogger career is far from easy at the beginning. You’ll need to work your butt off to get your blog off the ground.

But once you get things going and build up some momentum, you’ll start to see results in the form of traffic and loyal readers. It’ll be a great feeling and will show you there is a strong market for your blog.

Check out our blog for tips on becoming a better writer so that your blogs stand out.