Saving money while going green
Going green requires an investment, but there’s a return on it for both you and the environment. So even if going green requires a bit of green from your wallet, you can still save money in your environmental efforts. You do some light research before buying any green products or taking on any sustainable projects.
First you should small, taking on more tasks as you can afford them. Consider first your light bulbs, which should be switched out with compact fluorescent or LED versions. Another way to clean and green your home is to change or clean your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly. You can also buy a water filter to save you money on bottled water and lessen the environmental impact of each sip you take. And if you want to bring an eco-friendly aura into your decor, look into retailers such as Gaiam and Hammacher Schlemmer.
For a bit more time and effort, replace your showerhead and faucets with low-flow versions purchased from stores such as Home Depot, Orchard Supply Hardware and Ace Hardware. This and other home improvement retailers are also great places to turn to for updated ceiling fans, a new thermostat that is programmable with a timer, and occupancy sensors for your light switches. Also look into updating the insulation around your home, including adding insulation to hot water pipes and insulating your water heater. And if you really wanted to make a significant investment in sustainability, look for a contractor or consultant on Angie’s List who can help you retrofit your home.
Taking your green efforts outside the house, you can consider growing a garden or at least a few small potted plants to provide you with herbs or other fresh ingredients without all the chemicals and costs of store purchased products. AeroGarden is a great place to get your home garden started, whether you want a few seeds or to turn your whole back yard into your own personal Whole Foods.
There are plenty of other steps you can take in and outside your home to both save money and cut your carbon footprint. This includes putting your actual footprint all over the globe by walking instead of driving. You can also get from A to B via public transportation whenever possible.
Finally, going green involves lifestyle changes that aren’t necessarily sacrifices. Consider everything from new diets, to how you shop and live. It’s a balance between how much you can adjust and how sustainable you want to be.
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