Green Living Tips That Can Help You Save Money!
Want to make 2016 the year you are nicer to mother earth and your wallet? Start Simple by making a few changes from the list below. Once you notice the difference you can starting adding more tips into your life style.
Small additions really do add up. Challenge yourself! I bet you may even have adapted to some of these changes already.
Save Energy to Save Money
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. by replacing one 75 watt bulb you can save $74 over the life of that bulb. Make the switch one bulb at a time and you won’t feel overwhelmed.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. In warmer weather line dry clothes, the smell of the fresh air through your clothes is also a bonus.
- Reduce your Cable’s impact. Two cable/DVR set-top boxes use the same amount of energy as a standard refrigerator. Request an energy efficient cable box from your cable provider.
- Use your ceiling fan. Fans can help in the winter too! Reversing the direction of the blades pushes warmer air down to the room.
Save water to save money.
- Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
- Install a low-flow shower head. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
- Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
- Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.
- Set your hot water heater at 120 degrees. If your water is scolding your water heater is set too high.
Less gas = more money (and better health!).
- Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
- Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
- Lobby your local government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in bettering your health and reducing traffic.
- If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
- Learn to meal plan. Meal planning can reduce wasted food and help you save more money.
- Use Coupons – The myth that couponing is only for junk food is no longer correct. You can save money on the items you need weekly. Looking for specific coupons, check our coupon database.
Skip the bottled water.
- Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
- Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
- Check out this short article for the latest on bottled water trends.
Think before you buy
- Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeCycle to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free.
- Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items.
- When making purchases, make sure you know what’s “Good Stuff” and what isn’t.
Borrow instead of buying.
- Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
- Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.
Keep electronics out of the trash.
- Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
- Recycle your cell phone.
- Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.
There are so many ways you can make a small change that in the long run will eventually make a bigger impact to your health as well as to mother earth. Do you have any tips you would like to share?
References: Earthaidkit.com, worldwatch.org and timesunion.com/lifeathome