10 Green Saving Ideas
With more people trying to save money in today’s uncertain economy, some may have put their environmental concerns aside for the time being. However, going ‘green’ doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a lot of money in order to do your part.
There are an abundance of ways you can accomplish both – saving money and going green. You will see just how easy it can be to continue being a part of the solution to our environment’s future while continuing to save some of your hard-earned money at the same time.
1) The rising cost of gasoline has had its own impact on pocketbooks of late. Instead of putting that extra money into your gas tank, why not leave the car at home? Grab your bike to head to the office or other locations where you won’t need the storage space of the trunk. You’ll be saving money, protecting the environment AND getting exercise all at the same time.
2) There are ample ways you can reduce your family’s water consumption, and this is one of the easiest ways to go green and save. Instead of letting the faucet run until the water gets to your preferred drinking temperature, why not keep a pitcher in the fridge for easy access? You can save water by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, or filling the sink with water to wash dishes instead of letting the water run. Make it a family decision to cut back on personal shower time by five minutes each.
3) Many people buy water bottles instead of using tap water. Well, those empty bottles end up in landfills, whereas the purchase of a water filtration system can range both in size and price. This is a purchase which is not only good for the environment, but will save you money in the long run. If you’re looking for something even less costly, buy yourself a reusable water bottle you can refill during the day.
4) Avoid wasting food. Buy groceries every two weeks instead of weekly, being careful not to buy perishables which aren’t needed. Buying in bulk saves on packaging and results in needing to purchase food less often. Remember your reusable shopping bags!
5) Start composting kitchen scraps and yard waste. Not only will your garbage bins fill up slower, but the compost can be used in your gardens as fertilizer when you begin growing your own vegetables.
6) Don’t drain the dishwater. Before pulling the plug, consider using the dishwater for your flowerbeds and gardens. This will save you from using the hose, and some of those minerals might just do your garden some good.
7) Instead of a gym membership, set up a space for a punching bag or yoga mat in your home. Play soccer with the kids, or go for a bike ride through local bicycle paths. Not only will you still be getting your workout, but you won’t need the car to get to the gym.
8) Use baking soda instead of harsh chemical cleansers. You can use it for scrubbing the tub and toilet; make a paste of it using warm water to get those stubborn stains off your plastic food storage containers or even to shine your silverware. It can also be used to whiten your teeth instead of expensive whitening kits or treatments at the dentist’s.
9) Planting trees in your yard, especially on the south side, will provide shade for your home. This can cool the temperature of the indoors, allowing you to leave the air conditioning off and saving approximately 25% in cooling costs.
10) When it comes time to change light bulbs in your household fixtures, check out your utility company’s website before going shopping. Many companies offer incentives or discounts for those who switch to a particular ‘green’ lighting choice. Besides, these new varieties of bulbs last longer and are brighter than you can imagine!
Although for some going green may seem like a lot of work, the benefits and consequences aren’t just for show. They’re for our future, and the future of those who will follow us.