How Going Green Will Actually Save You Money

by Pam on October 19, 2011

Many people think that if you and your family decide to make green choices you will end up spending more money.  And in some ways that’s true.  For instance, if you insist on buying only organic produce in the grocery store and not at more affordable places such as farmer’s markets, then yes, you will spend a lot more on groceries.

However, if you go green in other areas of your household, you will be sure to save.  Here are some examples:

Reduce the amount of electricity you use.  The more efficient you are in the use of energy around your home the less you will pay on your electricity bill.

-Use energy efficient appliances

-Turn off the lights when you leave a room

-Turn off computers and televisions when you are not using them

Reduce the amount of water you use.

-Use a showerhead that reduces the amount of water needed to take a shower

-Replace leaky faucets and always be sure to turn off the taps completely

-Take shorter showers and do laundry only when you have a full load

Reduce the amount of new products you buy.

-Buy used products whenever possible and reuse the stuff you already have

-Drink tap water or use a Brita Filter instead of buying bottled water

-Borrow from libraries and from your friends and neighbors rather than buying things brand new

Use stuff for as long as possible.

-Try to use your existing electronics such as computers for as long as you can before upgrading

-Make good use of your stuff and if you no longer can use it, sell it at a garage sale or donate it rather than discarding it

Reduce the amount of gasoline you use.

-Whenever possible, ride your bike, walk, or take public transportation to get to your destination

-If you have to use a vehicle, try to carpool with a nearby coworker or neighbor

There are many other ways to go green around your home and the result will be more money in your pocket and the peace of mind in knowing that you are doing your part for our planet.  Going green does not have to be expensive, and many families are already green without realizing it by simply not being wasteful.

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