Going green doesn't have to cost you time and money. You can make small changes to create a green home. Here are a few to get you started.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You've heard this countless times before, but many people seem to only focus on one aspect (typically recycling). But recycling isn't enough. In fact, a lot of the plastics we recycle don't even end up being recycled. This is why it's also important to reduce the plastic we use and reuse the plastics we have. Try to avoid using one-time plastics. If you buy something in a plastic container, reuse that container for something else. Try to shop in bulk and bring your own containers for things like rice, beans, coffee, etc. Even if we all just reduce and reuse a little bit more each day, we can make a big difference in the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill.

Use Energy Wisely

Many people may not have the means to go solar just yet, but that doesn't mean you can't reduce the amount of harmful energy you use on a daily basis. Try not to have your air or heat blasting all day and night. Turn off lights and appliances wen they aren't being used. Not only will these small changes reduce the number of fossil fuels we use as a whole, but your utility bill will be decreased, so you'll save money!

Drive Less

Electric cars may be the vehicle of the future, but right now, most young adults can't afford electric or hybrid vehicles. This means we're using gas to drive around, which is harmful to the environment. Try using public transportation, biking, walking, and carpooling as much as you can. You could try to limit driving to only long distances, and do the rest of your travel without your car. By making a small change of driving less each week, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save a ton of money on gas.