What does “going green” mean? Does it mean saving all of your money for months on end to go out and buy solar panels, an electric car, or “off the grid” kitchen appliances (when all you really wanted was that special 60 inch flat screen TV)? Does it mean only taking a shower every 3 days instead of 2 twice daily? Does it mean only consuming locally produced food for the rest of you life, and thus never being able to eat those delicious peaches that only grow in Georgia?
All of these things do, in fact, contribute to conservation, but most of us tend to outweigh the environmental benefits with the personal sacrifice—I mean, it is understandable! When faced with the decision of: “hmmm should I eat the measly lettuce salad that came from the 2 foot by 2 foot garden in my back yard, or should I drive to a restaurant and eat their delicious steak imported from across the country?” Most of us know what the answer would be to that question; and the tree growing in our backyard would cringe at the answer. This is the problem with “going green” today and it applies to many businesses too. Saving our planet and boosting our environmentally friendly morals should not be looked on as a huge sacrifice that will devour our paychecks and inconveniences, but rather a process that will actually benefit us financially as well as saving time and effort. In my next blog, I will uncover how going green doesn't have to be giving up an arm and a leg, but rather saving time, money and energy.