Find Out How Going Green Can Save You Green – Money, that is.
Want to save money? A happy result of reducing your spending can be going green. Check out these tips from the Worldwatch Institute on how to save green while going green.
Tip 1: Reduce in-home energy consumption. Investing in compact fluorescent light bulbs, lowering your thermostat by a few degrees and paying attention to the energy-saving features on your major appliances are all ways to shave dollars off your electricity bill.
Tip 2: Reduce water consumption. Unlucky residents of some other cities have been dealing with water rationing for decades. Luckily, Tennessee is not known for its water shortages. While we are prone to taking for granted our abundance, we tend to use more water just because it is available. The first step in saving water is being conscious of how much you are using. Invest in low-flow shower heads, toilets and faucets. Consider purchasing a rain barrel to collect water from your rooftop for gardening. Create a landscape design using native plants and/or drought-resistant grass seed, trees and shrubs to reduce the need to water.
Tip 3: Drive less, walk more! This is one step you can take that not only benefits your wallet, but your waistline, too.
Tip 4: Eat less meat. The health benefits of eating less meat are well-known. But did you know that eating less meat helps reduce overall energy consumption? Livestock farming is a major contributor to the rise in greenhouse gasses that cause global warming. It’s more than just cow farts.
Tip 5: Ditch the bottled water. Yes, bottled water is convenient, but its trashy. One person can produce over 500 empty plastic bottles per year. To make the bottles, factories must use hundreds of thousands of gallons of water and lots of energy, too. Does this make sense? Purchase a few high-quality water bottles you can refill and take with you.
Tip 6: Before you buy, seek used. Need a new bookshelf? Set of dishes? Office chair? Before you go straight to Wal-Mart, puruse your local listings. You can get a great deal on second-hand products and you are saving all the resources that go into manufacturing new stuff.
Tip 7: Borrow stuff. On average, neighbors used to be closer than they are today. If you haven’t already, go meet your neighbors and ask them if they want to participate in a block share. Now, when you have an item sitting in your garage that you use maybe once or twice a year, you can share it and know that your money is being put to good use. Next time you have a one-time need for a pressure washer, go down the street to your neighbor’s house.
Tip 8: Make smart purchasing decisions. Instead of paying less for something that you will have to replace soon, pay a little bit more for a higher quality product. Purchase clothing that doesn’t require dry cleaning. Finally, try to buy in bulk whenever possible. This not only reduces the need for more packaging, buying in bulk is a definite money saver.
Tip 9: Don’t throw away electronics. Donate them or give them to an electronics recycling facility. Once done, you can use the donation as a tax write-off.
Tip 10: Make your own cleaning supplies. Don’t flush money down the toilet. You can use simple, cheap and safe ingredients to make your own kitchen spray, drain cleaner, carpet deodorizer and more.
How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time? Staff members at the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental organization, share ideas on how to GO GREEN and SAVE GREEN at home and at work. To learn more about Worldwatch’s efforts to create am […]