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Will the Economy’s Trouble Make it Harder to Go Green?

If you’re in the United States and paying any attention at all, you know the economy’s in deep trouble. With a huge bailout coming and people losing their jobs, I can’t help but think of how this may impact people’s interest in the environment.

Some of the negatives for people’s income has encouraged being kinder to the environment, of course. People have cut back on driving because gas costs so much. I’m talking to more people who want to garden and preserve food.

It’s a pretty interesting shift.

But it’s also quite reasonable that if you’re facing the loss of your home, you aren’t going to be so worried about the impact of other things you do. Keeping a roof over your head is rather important.

I think of this as a good time to focus on the ways that going green can save money. Some tactics are long term, and may not go over so well right now, but anything that will save you money and be better for the environment is a pretty good deal right now.

So keep on making those homemade cleansers. Make the switch as each incandescent bulb burns out to compact fluorescent; check to see if the electric company in your area offers discounts or free ones. Garden, even if it’s just herbs in the kitchen window.

4 Responses to Will the Economy’s Trouble Make it Harder to Go Green?

  1. Luckily many go green initiatives same money as well, such as turning off more lights, turning down the heat, etc. Maybe there is a silver lining to this financial crisis in that it will encourage more people to save money by going green?

  2. Must agree with Jeanne that going green saves green too. In fact, this recent turmoil is making me consider buying a few windmills for our home to make sure we’re not reliant on some big company for our power.

    Quick note too that the bailout will only further worsen this crisis. Remember, it’s not the first bailout and look how much worse things have gotten since the first bailout! The fix to a credit crisis is not more credit!

  3. The great thing about going green is you generally save money in the process.The simple things people can do easily will save them money in the long run.

    The only issue I really see is purchases of organics, since they are much more pricey.

  4. I agree completely with JEANNE in that most ways of going green allow you to save money, especially over traditional methods. Making your own cleaners is definitely the way to go if you really want to save money, go green and protect your family from dangerous chemicals. I think that you can purchase organic or naturally grown produce at a much better price then buying it at the expensive supermarket save huge amounts of money, while getting fresher produce that lasts longer.