My theme for 2014 was to adopt new healthy habits. This year we are going to focus 12 new habits around going greener to improve health, save money, and protect our planet. Each month I'll have blogs and and newsletters targeted toward that month's theme. By the end of The year, you can look forward to improved health, and financial savings. This year's theme will be reducing excess and waste. There may be one area you need more, you're perfectly allowed to do them out of order.
This is the time of year when you're the most motivated so let's' jump right in with ways to stop eating excessively and stop wasting food. Food waste is a planet problem. Manufacturers keep supply up with "Demand." the more you buy the more they make. If you're a meat-eater consider the fact that an animal was raised for the sole purpose of becoming food, it's sinful not to eat it all. 40% of food in america goes to waste, $165 billion dollars in food is wasted every year. Which has enormous impact on the planet, finances, and yes, your health. In January we'll learn what you can do to reduce your food waste which will save you money on groceries, as well as saving you time and improving your health.
The obvious benefits of reducing power is the financial savings. Reducing your power use can drastically save you on monthly bills. Depending on where your power comes from it may also improve your indoor air quality. Depending on your situation you may also find this reduces stress.
This month's focus will be on reducing heating costs through avoiding wasting oil/gas/electricity. Depending on how you heat your home, this can have a substantial impact on the environment and your finances.
Water is a finite resource. Many of us take it for granted. This month we'll learn not only why saving water is important, we'll explore ways that you'll hardly miss, ways you won't miss , and ways you'll celebrate, such as drought-friendly landscaping (that you neither water nor mow!) We will also learn ways to make water safer for everyone such as things you should never ever flush down the toilet.
This month we're talking about trash. This will also save you a lot of money in the long run and improve your overall health. Many things you throw away are things that interact with your food. You will improve your health, finances, and the planet a great deal by reducing plastic waste
This month we're focusing on the stuff we buy that we don't need. We'll explore how to weed out the stuff that is in excess. You have all summer to have a yard sale or donate the stuff waste. Mostly what is important here is not wasting money on stuff you don't need. Not wasting money on poor quality & cheap "stuff" that won't be loved or used and ways to reduce clutter. Clutter in the home is a known trigger for stress.
Where are you wasting money now that we've cut the electric bill, water bill, and food bill? This month we'll talk about all the places our money goes that we can eliminate without altering our lifestyle at all. Hidden fees, interest, that little monthly charge you keep forgetting to cancel. This month we'll explore a number of ways to save money in ways you won't miss, and some further tips to save money in ways that may seem like a sacrifice now but will be well worth the effort.
While there is still time for a yard sale, we'll talk about wasted space. I'll teach you some design psychology tips to help you make the best use of your space. We will organize the refrigerator, the garage and the holiday decorations. You'll enjoy a little more room to move around.
Thanks so much for your help! I asked and you answered. I hadn't thought of gas, probably because today as I write this we are blessed with gas prices at an all time low, but gas is a finite resource, gas is harmful to the planet, and prices will rise. There are many ways we can reduce our use of gas, reduce wasting gas, and help the planet, and our wallets in return.
This month we'll explore all the time wasters in our lives. By avoiding time sinks and time wasters we can become more productive when we have "productive time" and truly enjoy our "downtime" the most. This will give you more time for the things you love. This is a huge step towards reducing stress and improving your health.
Another great suggestion. Paper is a precious resource. It is renewable but definitely not renewable at the rate at which we currently use it. There are so many ways to reduce use and wastage of paper. Writing paper, paper towels and all manner of paper can be conserved, again this will protect our trees, our air quality, slow climate change, and save you money.
This was actually one of the most common answers I got to my question. In various forms people were tired of wasting time and energy where it was not deserved. This month we'll discuss how too limit and eliminate toxic people in your life, how to worry less and have more joy. We'll learn what drains us emotionally and spiritually and work to free ourselves from wasted emotional energy, just in time for a fresh new year.