5 worst excuses not to go green
Going green is a lot like losing weight. Many of us talk about doing it but when it comes right down to it we come up with myriad excuses.
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Surveys show most Americans
recognize the environmental crisis and they're
concerned about global warming. But to actually
do something about it? Excuses abound.
Following are the five most
prevalent excuses for not going green, why
they're cop-outs and simple steps for shedding
No. 1: 'It's too expensive.'
Some people think greening their home means installing "fancy-schmancy" things like solar panels, but it's simpler than that, says Jenny Powers, spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
For example, compact fluorescent
light (CFL) bulbs cost more upfront (an estimated
$2 to $15, for specialty bulbs), but they
last 10 times longer than standard incandescent
bulbs, she notes. CFL bulbs use 75 percent
less energy, resulting in savings of $30 or
more in electricity costs during the life
of each bulb, according to data from the federal
government's Energy Star program.
"So you'll be paying a
lot less on your energy bill, and over time
you'll more than make up for your cost,"
Seeing the potential savings in the long run is a way to get beyond this excuse, says Edwin Stafford, associate professor of marketing at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, who studies green marketing.
Powers says you can look for products with the Energy Star seal because they are more energy-efficient and will result in savings on your electric bill.
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"It doesn't mean switching to solar power or putting up a wind turbine in your yard," she says. "Those are great things to do, but it's not necessary."
Thomas Kostigen, co-author of "The Green Book:
The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One
Simple Step at a Time," notes that even
turning down the thermostat a degree lower
for the heat and a degree higher for air conditioning
can save approximately $100 a year on your
No. 2: 'My individual effort won't make a
Just look at the statistics. Americans saved
enough energy in 2006 to avoid greenhouse
gas emissions equivalent to those from 25
million cars, according to Energy Star data.
These efforts also saved $14 billion on their