Going green doesn’t have to be overwhelming and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Small changes, that cost you little (and even make you some money) can have a big impact on the environment.
Did you know that simple changes, like swapping your light bulbs for LED bulbs, using a reusable water bottle, and using reusable shopping bags can have a huge impact on the environment?
Keep reading to learn how you can save the planet without breaking the bank.
How to Save the Planet: Green Living and Penny Pinching
If you have the dollars, you can go big to go green. Think buying a hybrid or electric cars or installing solar panels to power your home. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to go green though.
The unique thing about making green choices and changing your lifestyle is that you aren’t only saving the planet, you’re also saving yourself some money.
Here are 4 cheap and easy changes you can make today to start doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint.
1. Walk, Bike, or Use Public Transportation
Walking or biking to work, school, or to run your errands is free and doesn’t use any electricity or fossil fuels. It also will save you money on gas and you’ll get exercise.
If that’s not an option, public transportation also helps the environment and your wallet. Trains, subways, buses, or even ride-share programs reduce the number of cars on the road, reducing emissions, and are more affordable than driving.
2. Cut Down on Your Grocery Purchases
Every day, Americans waste about a pound of food. Not only is this money in the trash, discarded food clogs landfills and reduces methane. Discarded food, especially fruits and vegetables, is also wasting the water used to grow the food and pesticides to treat it.
To cut back on your grocery waste, meal plan for the week, try to cut back on impulse purchases, and only buy what you know you’ll use.
3. Reduce Your Use of Disposable Products
We use a lot of things one time and then throw them away. Paper plates, paper napkins, paper towels, baggies for snacks or lunch. You can buy cloth napkins and paper towels, reusable baggies, and just use the plates in your cupboard and wash them.
Reducing your use of paper towels and using cloths for cleaning could save you up to $400 a year!
4. Unplug Appliances
Did you know that you can save up to $100 to $200 a year by unplugging appliances when they are not in use?
Think about all the things that you use once a day or maybe not even every day. Your coffeepot, toaster, printer, etc. Unplug these things when you’re not using them ans conserve energy and your paycheck!
So you’ve made some changes in your life and are reaping the rewards, both environmentally and financially. Now, think about what to do with all that money you are saving.
Saving or investing is a great option. Learn about the different types of stocks and make your money work for you.
The Bottom Line
Some easy changes that you can start right away can help the save the planet and save you some cash at the same time. If you want more resources for heath and wellness, protecting our environment and planet, and self-improvement, check out some of our other blog posts.