Ways to Go Green and Save Money
1. Buy products that are reusable! Don’t buy paper towels; buy, or use old washcloths!
2. If you need clothes or furniture, thrift shop! I love thrifting. It feels so great when you find awesome stuff at really low prices.
3. Buy fewer meat products. It takes more energy to raise and, then, slaughter animals than to grow crops. If you buy more vegetables you’ll save energy!
4. Don’t waste money on gas; Bike!
5. Try growing your own vegetables. I recommend tomatoes (they can grow almost anywhere)!
6. Cook at home!
One of the easiest ways to save money is to use public transportation instead of driving. Since these modes of transport run with or without you (buses, trains), you can hop aboard and not add any extra pollution to the environment. Plus, if you live in a big city, you will save on parking costs, which can become incredibly expensive.
To help save money in the summer, use heavy curtains on your windows. This will keep the heat from penetrating your home and can help cut down on your energy bill. In time, you will be using less air conditioning during summer days and nights. In the winter, you can spend some of the money you saved during the summer on more blankets and pillows for your home. You can bundle up and in doing so you will not have to rely so much on your heater. All of these have the ability to cut down on your energy costs dramatically.
One of the easiest ways to go green and save money is to not buy bottled water. Bottled water sales equal about $4 billion a year and costs anywhere from 240-10,000 times more per gallon than tap water. What’s more is bottled water isn’t necessarily any better or safer than your average tap water.
My family recently changed out all of our light bulbs to energy efficient ones to help save money in the economy. It cut down our energy bill by a lot, and it also helps the environment. I was reading an article that mentioned using energy efficient light bulbs can prevent up to 9 billion pounds of gasses being released into the atmosphere. These light bulbs also last twice as long as traditional ones, making them an excellent choice to save money and help the environment.
My rule of thumb is really to just buy less stuff. Everything you buy has to be made which requires resources and energy. When buying food, try to buy less and think about how much you might throw away; chances are you don’t need as much as you’re buying. Also, buying pre-made meals, like microwavable dinners is a waste of money and often use more packaging than if you made the same meal yourself.
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