Here are some eco-friendly tips that can actually help you save cash!
Taking care of our environment is not something to be taken lightly. However, you’ve probably heard all about how expensive it is to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and, quite frankly, there is some truth to this; at least if you don’t approach the whole thing with a solid plan. The main problem here is not knowing where to start, something that this article will hopefully help you with. Here are some eco-friendly tips that can actually help you save cash!
Start at the Kitchen
Eating meat is definitely not great for the environment. You don’t have to go full-blown vegan (unless you want to), but you can learn a couple of vegetarian recipes to decrease your home’s meat consumption. Although the food you eat and your kitchen are very much connected, there are other ways to make sure that your kitchen is even greener. For example, instead of using paper napkins use those made of cloth. Get used to cooking with residual heat and from scratch, seeing as how pre-made food isn’t really eco-friendly!
Be Smart with Water
Water is running scarce and, even though we still might not be aware of it, it is likely to become the world’s most treasured resource within no more than a couple of decades. Installing a low flow showerhead will save a ton of water in your home and showers truly are the largest water wasters within any house. Turning off the tap when possible is also a good way to show more eco-awareness, but there are many other water-related ways to be eco-friendly. For example, using reusable bottles is better than opting to buy bottled water from the supermarket, which not only contributes to Earth’s waste problem, but also wastes your hard-earned money.
Be Smart with Energy
Large energy spending contributes to your bill at the end of each month, but also causes unnecessary extra pollution. You should start by replacing your regular bulbs with LEDs, which spend less energy and leave a smaller carbon footprint than the former.
Of course, LED lights are more expensive than the regular ones, but they do pay off in the long run. If investing into LEDs is a bit too much for you, opt for the CFLs to get you going.
Tools and Appliances
Tools aren’t exactly something that you can use sparingly – they are in use until you unplug them. However, buying energy-efficient tools will help you contribute to the green environment. Additionally, you should set your mind to using equipment that doesn’t even require energy in the first place. For example, while you can’t drill without a power drill, you can use hand woodworking tools for the projects that include carpentry. It goes the same with appliances – if you go with energy-efficient ones, you will contribute to the green, while saving cash on utility bills!
Instead of making your frequent garbage runs, save your bottles and cans and make a trip to a bottling center near you on a monthly basis. In addition to obviously helping your environment, you will probably even get paid for recycling! Use the recycle mentality in your home too; try to make use of outdated items before throwing them away; be creative!
With enough dedication, you can save both your money and the environment. Keep in mind that contributing to the world’s eco-friendliness starts at your own home – serve as an example for others, as opposed to swimming with the current that has brought us to the pollution levels we are currently experiencing!
Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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