Over the last several years, everything in the store seems to be “going green”. I see it on packaging and see it on advertising – it’s on just about everything and down every aisle.
However, one of the biggest drawbacks about going green also meant shelling out more cash. It didn’t save you money – it actually cost you more to go green. However, in many areas, that is changing. Here are some places that you can go green, AND still save money.
Some of the best things you can do to save money are also the smallest things you can do. For example, you can install energy saving light bulbs, or CFLs. Don’t think you need to go and replace all of the lights in your house at once. Just buy CFLs as replacements when your current light bulbs go out. Over time, they will save you money on your electric bill, and help the environment.
Another one that is becoming popular is the “ghost power” surge protector. These surge protectors are designed to stop appliances that are turned off from using power. Most appliances still use power, even when they are off, but that can be just wasteful. Save some money, and go green!
Over time, you will inevitably start doing bigger projects around the home. This could be a small bathroom update, or a full-scale kitchen remodel. No matter what size project you’re doing, consider replacing the old appliances with new green, or environmentally friendly, ones.
For example, if you’re upgrading your bathroom, consider installing a low-flow toilet and low-flow showerhead to save water. These fixtures are about the same price as non-low flow models, but you’ll see savings in your water bill.
If you’re doing your kitchen, you can look for appliances like a refrigerator or oven that save on utility costs.
Some of the best ways you can go green and save money is actually when you’re away from the house. The first thing I think of is your car. There are a lot of cars that are much more fuel efficient than past models, and every extra MPG that you get is another dollar in your pocket (and less greenhouse gas in the environment).
Also, try to plan ahead when you go out. Too many people spend money on wasteful items like bottled water, when you could bring a bottle from home that you fill up. Not only will this save you from having to spend when you’re out, but you prevent another plastic bottle from being wasted.
A little planning, whether at home or when you’re going out, can save you money over time, and be good for the environment.
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