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Seniors have many opportunities to go green

October 23, 2012

Going green has become a popular way of life for many people, and that includes older adults. Aside from helping seniors reduce their carbon footprints, living a more eco-friendly lifestyle can also be a key component of healthy aging, and according to U.S. News and World Report, there are a few easy ways seniors can be more environmentally-conscious.

Almost all health experts tout the benefits of staying physically active, and doing so can also help the environment. Specifically, seniors should consider walking and biking to their destinations, not only to save on gasoline and reduces carbon emissions, but also to stay healthy.

Moving to retirement communities can also help seniors go green in a number of different ways, according to the news source. For instance, a more temperate climate can reduce the amount of money seniors spend on heating and cooling, which also shrinks their energy usage. Depending on where they move, downsizing can dramatically cut energy costs as well.

As a final step, seniors may want to consider growing their own foods. Much like exercising, gardening is a great way for older adults to stay physically fit, but also offers the benefits of healthy, and free, food.

Aside from being more eco-friendly and perhaps improving one's health, going green can also save seniors a considerable amount of money during retirement, according to The Daily Green. Specifically, starting a garden can save anywhere between $25 and $2,000 a year, depending on its size. Additionally, carpooling can put as much as $1,000 a year back in seniors' pockets.