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Blessing in Disguise

2010 May 27

In times of uncertainty, the natural tendency for people is to look for ways to limit expenses. Whether you’re a recent graduate just venturing into the workforce, whether you are a small business owner who has seen limited economic activity in your shop, or whether you’re the head of a household concerned about the future, you’re probably looking at ways to save money right now.

As we look for savings in our daily lives, we should start by looking at our everyday activities at home. How can we save water? For example, taking short showers instead of baths conserves water and saves money. How can we save energy? Using energy efficient appliances saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. How can we generate less waste? How can we reuse what we have? The fact is that all these steps to save money are also green actions. In other words, by saving greenbacks, we are also going green and protecting the environment all in one! Furthermore, many of those green actions can also be taken at the community level as we develop smart strategies for a sustainable future.

So, as we actively pursue a green lifestyle, why not take a few minutes to share with us how you plan on going green? Visit our Pick5 Web page where you be able to get information on how people from all over the world are joining efforts to become true environmentalists. You won’t have to drive a car nor fly to a faraway destination. The information is just one click away.

Ultimately, this saving trend may be a blessing in disguise.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and chairs EPA’s Multilingual Communications Task Force. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. ANTHONY GRADY permalink
    May 27, 2010

    the time is maybe right and some people are willing to change going green to wind turbines, to solar panels, renewable energy in other words will have to start in places that we frequently go and attend on regular basis to turn heads or to let others grow use to its purpose and getting use to a new look of modern technology ok so until we take a look at the doctors office or the grocery store we shop at chane its infustucture it will slowly take change. We need national change new constuction in our communities and enviroments A>S>A>P i have tried projects or even designed proposals and plans volenteering nothing seems to work?

  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    May 27, 2010

    I don’t know why I was born. I don’t know why I must pay when I buy something. I don’t know why I forbidden killing myself…..
    I know my child why were they born. I know the people believe God, or not. I know why Charles Darwin, Einstein, Barbara Karn are genius.
    I ask to the planet why they didn’t appreciate your product? I ask to producer why they didn’t care to consumer? Ya, blessing in disguise…

  3. sammy samuelson permalink
    May 27, 2010

    why not start w ith your own vehicle ? like using synthetic oil and extending your oil drain interval 2 to 3 times to find a tank of fuel from not having to pay the quick lubes for what is not necessary with todays vehicles.Please comment, thank you,sammy samuelson

  4. Manjunath D S permalink
    May 28, 2010

    It is about time, we all should contribute individually towards green. Nevertheless, the onus is on air, water polluting industries. They should show more responsibility about their contribution to polluting our environment.

    The green education should start early with schools introducing books for their students to learn about conservation.

    Entrepreneurs should be encouraged to start new businesses in green projects.

    The government should actively support such businesses by extending facilities and funds to make it easier for green projects to take off.

  5. Lina-EPA permalink*
    May 28, 2010

    We should go green all around–individually, locally, and globally. We have to start at home, at schools, in our communities, businesses and government. This is not a temporary fad. It has to be a way of life.
    Thanks for everyone’s interest in protecting the environment.

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