If you are looking to go green and save money every month at the same time then hopefully these tips will have helped to point you in the right direction.
Are you thinking of going green? We all need to do our share in protecting the earth and it’s vast array of resources. Many tend to assume that going green is costly, but it doesn’t have to be. Going out and buying an environmentally friendly car tomorrow for example, is not very realistic. But, did you know that there are small things that we can do to help the environment while saving ourselves money at the same time?
If you are interested in ‘going green’ in order to help reduce your negative environmental impact then you should also be aware that you can save a considerable amount of money at the same time. So, if you want to save some money and help do your part to save the planet check out this simple little guide.
Save Money by Conserving Electricity
The first thing you can do is to simply conserve. Electricity almost solely comes from the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, in the United States. Simply turn off your lights when you leave the room, shut off your computer monitor whenever possible, etc. It is even advisable to leave your kitchen appliances unplugged unless you are using them to help reduce any possible slow power drains.
Unplug things when you are done with them. These are the simple things like your cell phone charger, curling iron, toaster, coffee pot per say that we only use once a day, if that often. This is budget friendly because we don’t pay for what we don’t use. It may not make a giant impact on your energy costs, but it will result in some savings.
Save Money on Fuel Costs
Conservation extends beyond just electricity, however. Think about your fuel consumption for driving around. Now think about what you can do to burn less fuel and, in the process of doing so, not only help to reduce your carbon emissions but also save money because you are using less gas in the first place. Some great tips here include carpooling, using public transportation, walking and riding a bike for shorter trips and finally doing a little reading on hypermiling methods in order to get improved gas mileage while driving the same routes that you normally would.
Save on transportation costs by taking the bus, car pooling, walking, or biking to work or school. If you allocate the amount of your monthly budget that is put into gas and compare it with the rates for taking the bus, you will be surprised to see how much money you are wasting. If there is less traffic, then there will be less of the harmful emissions. If you can walk or bike, it costs nothing and comes with the added benefit of exercise.
Saving Water Saves Money
Another form of conservation that can help you to go green and save money at the same time is water conservation. Although not as big of a deal in some places as others our impact on our local water tables can adversely affect our local climates and altogether the entire world. In addition to this as other prices continue to climb the prices paid for water every month are rising as well.
Using less water is a great way to go green and save money at the same time. Beyond the simple methods such as not leaving the water running for extended periods of time and perhaps using store bought water for drinking, installing water efficient sinks, shower heads and toilets can really save you a lot of water. These devices may seem expensive for the initial installation but in the end it is an investment that pays for itself with saved water and also helps to save the environment at the same time.
Turn the water off when it’s not in use, like when brushing your teeth.
Stop With paper Towels and Use Reusable Cloths
Stop using paper towels! There are reusable cleaning cloths on the market that are made of mostly recycled materials, these are relatively cheap as well. Expect to pay three to four dollars depending on where you live. You simply wash and use again. It sounds like a pain but they are super absorbent, environmentally friendly, and it won’t kill your budget. Just think of the money that you will actually save when you stop buying paper towels. A major plus, they can be used on almost any surface! When they begin to get worn, simply recycle them.
Recycle for Extra Cash
We have heard this time and time again but a lot of us fail to do this. Yes, you can benefit financially from recycling. Some states will offer cash per bottle or can be turned in at the recycling center. There are also some stores that although they will not directly give you cash, apply the money to a discount card. Therefore, what you recycle will come off of your weekly grocery bill. Even if you reside in an area where this is not available, there are centers that will purchase aluminum cans, scrap metals, etc. And they will pay you for your waste.
We have to ensure a healthy environment for future generations. Going green can be budget friendly. Although you may not save a bundle, any little bit counts. There are no more excuses for us to not be socially responsible. So, get green and stay green!