Going green can help you protect the environment. However, many people are reluctant to go green because they think that it is too expensive. Going green is not as expensive as you may think. In fact, you may be able to save money by going green.
Last week, we talked about how eco-friendly efforts can boost your business profits. With Earth Day coming up, we thought we’d discuss how they can benefit your personal finances as well.
There are several things that you can do to begin implementing a more environmentally conscious lifestyle and, in turn, save money.
Eat Out Less
You are probably well aware of the fact that eating out is expensive, and the food is not the best for your health. However, many people are not aware of the fact that eating out is also bad for the environment. The restaurant cooks a lot of food that eventually gets thrown away. This creates excessive waste.
You can save as much as $400 a week by eating at home. You will also be able to prepare healthier meals.
Start a Vegetable Garden
Everyone knows that organic vegetables are much better for you than non-organic ones. However, organic vegetables can be expensive if you buy them from the store. That is why it is best for you to create your own vegetable garden. You can start your garden with vegetables that do not require a lot of maintenance. This includes crops such as peans and beans.
There are several benefits that you can reap from starting your own vegetable garden. You will not have to worry about going to the store every week to get vegetables. You may also be able to save up to $25 a week.
Use Rain Barrels
You can cut down on your water consumption by collecting rainwater. All you have to do is put a rain barrel in your yard. There are local environmental organizations that most likely have rain barrels. You can also get one from the hardware store.
Note: The rainwater collected in barrels is not for drinking unless you have a high-end filtering system in place. Rather, it can be used for watering your garden, hosing down your driveway, washing your car, or cleaning your siding.
Dry Laundry on the Line
You can reduce your energy and carbon footprint by drying the clothes on the line. You will also be able to protect your clothing, as the dryer can inflict some serious wear and tear. Your clothing will also have fewer wrinkles if it hang dries.
More importantly, you’ll save money on your monthly utility bill.
Head to the Public Library
The average household in America spends $100 per month on things like magazine, newspaper, and newsletter subscriptions. These subscriptions add up in cost, and these publications also waste significant amounts of ink and printing paper. That is why you should take advantage of the library. The public library is one of the most underutilized resources on the planet.
You should check out books instead of paying for subscriptions. You should also go paperless. You can use an e-reader, which allows you to have access to books from your tablet.
Use Alternate Transportation
Most people in today’s society are dependent on their car to get everywhere that they go. However, you can save money if you can find another way to get around.
If your coworkers live close to you, then you can carpool a few times a week. You can also ride your bike or use public transportation. This will not only help you save money, but it can also help you get in shape.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
Cleaning products have less of an impact on the environment. You may already have everything that you need to clean in your home. For example, baking soda can be used to deodorize and disinfect your home. You can also make a dishwashing liquid out of orange oil, liquid castile soap and vinegar.