10 Ways To Go Green and Save
1. Save energy to save money.
Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. Unplug appliance when you're not using them. Or, use a strip that senses when appliance are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water. Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.
5. Skip the bottled water.
Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste. Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
2. Save water to save money
Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too. Install a low flow showerhead. They don't cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment. make sure you have faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high. Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Fined out which occur naturally in your area.
3.Less-gas=more money (and better health!)
walk or bike to work. This save on gas and parking cost while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity. Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. or move closer. Even if this means paying more for rent, it could save you money in the long term.
4. Eat smart
If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat cost a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs. Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
6. Think before you buy.
Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you've just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craiglist or freesharing to track down furniture, appliance, and other items cheaply or free. Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items.
When making purchases, make sure you know what's "good stuff" and what isn't.
7. Borrow instead of buying
Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books. Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors.
8. Buy smart.
Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging. wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.
Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you'll be happy when you don't have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).
9. Keep electronics out of the trash.
Keep your cell phones, computers, and others electronic as long as possible's. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes.E-waste contains mercury and other toxic's and is a growing environmental problem.
10. Make your own cleaning supplies.
The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
Making your own cleaning products save money, time and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.
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