The title may be too fancy, but it sums up what “going green” is all about for Christians.
We base our care of the earth, animals and resources on Genesis 1:28, which says: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Part of having “dominion” means to be a caretaker.
We have been using natural products for our home and eating mostly organic food for about four years. I found that usually what was good for the earth was also better for my family, by purchasing things with less chemicals in them I was helping to make my family healthier too.
It has been a gradual journey because I couldn't afford to throw everything away and start fresh!
So what should you do if you'd like to go green but think you don't have enough green in your bank account?
All you have to do is replace one product at a time.
For example: Say you are almost out of the blue glass cleaner, when you go to buy a new one, get a natural version instead. Be sure to spend some time reading reviews of different products so you'll get one that works!
Better yet make your own cleansers at home. Inexpensive and easy, it doesn't get much better than that!
There are so many ways to conserve resources and money at the same time. Try these tips:
Good for the earth: Wash more loads of laundry in cold water
Good for you: Lower your electricity bill by not heating the water
Good for the earth: Replace regular burned out bulbs with LED or compact florescent bulbs
Good for you: Save as much as $30 over the life of a compact florescent bulb in electricity costs
Good for the earth: Turn down your heat a few degrees and wear warmer clothing inside
Good for you: You can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat
There that wasn't too hard was it? I hope these tips have encouraged you to be a good steward of our precious gift, our world. While still being a good steward over your finances as well!
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