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Green Living Blog: Going green on a budget

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Green Living Blog: Going green on a budget

Green Living Blog logo After reading this post, don't forget to enter our contest – you could win a new dishwasher. Plus, do you have your own story to tell? Send it to greenchallenge@canadianliving.com (no more than 300 words, please), and you could win one of 30 daily prizes. Today's winner is Stacey Airhart of Kingston, Ont.
Going green is not difficult when you realize that even small changes can contribute to improving our environment. Currently I'm attending graduate school which proves that even those on a budget can go green. Obviously, recycling is an easy essential element to going green. I am also fortunate enough to have a composter in my backyard therefore eliminating even more household waste. Another measure I have taken is replacing all lightbulbs in my house with energy-efficient bulbs. This not only assists the environment but cuts down on electricity costs. In the summertime, I hang my laundry out to dry, once again another energy-saving measure. In the winter I must admit I do use the dryer, but also use a drying rack to dry towels and other heavy items that take longer to dry. Stacey’s chickensI try to be conscious of turning off lights and turn down the heat at night. I use re-usable grocery bags when buying groceries, which creates less plastic waste. Attempting to carpool is another form of going green that I avidly try to partake in. I also aim to participate in physical activities that create little or no emissions, such as cross-country skiing in the winter and kayaking in the summer. Another green initiative I have partaken in is raising hens. I have five layers, which provide one egg each per day. Though the green impact of this project may be minimal, every little bit helps. This summer I hope to plant a vegetable garden and become a little more self-sustaining. All in all these initiatives can be implemented on a budget and without noticeably affecting your daily routine.
Thanks to Stacey for sending in her story – and don't forget, if you still haven't entered, there's still time to send your own story to greenchallenge@canadianliving.com. Dr. Hauschka Jubilee Gift SetStacey wins a Jubilee Gift Set from Dr. Hauschka, which includes: • 1 Rose Day Cream • 1 Cleansing Cream • 1 Facial Toner Today's code word: chickens Read more: • What you can do about rising food pricesExcerpt: The 100-mile dietMake your grocery shopping greener
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