Go Green, Save Green

Go Green, Save Green

It is a great time to start thinking more about the environment and all the little things we can do to make the world a better place. Living an eco-friendly lifestyle can help save you money too!  Here are five ways that you can save green by going green.

Transportation Options

If you’re a two-car family, sell one of them if you can.  Selling a car will save you money on car insurance and car maintenance.  Plug-in hybrids combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. On average at a far lower level than conventional gasoline cars. Electric Hybrids can also drive in ‘electric only’ mode for shorter distances, which means zero tailpipe emissions.  Additionally, make use of ridesharing services whenever you can as well. Uber provides a clean ride and different modes of payment. Doing these things will help protect the environment, and it’ll keep more money in your wallet.

Turn Off the Light!

Do you remember your parents yelling at you for leaving all the lights on?  Well, it turns out there was something to that. Wasting energy in your home can really drive up your utility bills, which is costing you more money!  Get in the habit of not just turning off the lamp but unplugging it. Even items that are turned off they still pull electricity. An easy way to do this is to plug things into a power strip and unplug it when you are not using them. You can also upgrade to a smart power strip which might be easier.

Switch out all your old incandescent lights for more energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. Doing so will help to take the stress off the energy grid, and save you money each month.

Read More:  Are LED’s Worth the Savings?

Save Water, and Money

Water is a natural resource, but we tend to waste it in our homes as well. If you want to help the environment and save money at the same time, conserving water in your home is a great place to start.  You can purchase a low flow shower head which doesn’t cost a lot and will push out less water. Or you can purchase a slightly more expensive shower head with ShowerStart technology.  These shower heads conserve all the water that runs while you wait for it to warm up and alerts you to it. The cost of these shower heads should be recovered in just a couple of months.  ShowerStart technology saves time, water, energy, and money without lowering water flow. The average family will save 14,600 gallons per year.

Learn More:  More information about ShowerStart

Choose Reusable Water Bottles

According to the Container Recycling Institute, more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away every day. While some ultimately get recycled, most end up in landfills. No matter how you look at it, this is a huge waste since a large percentage of bottled water sold in the U.S. is really just bottled tap water.

If you want to do your part to reduce the number of water bottles that we use and discard, all you need to do is purchase a reusable water bottle and carry it with you instead of buying a new one every time. A 20-ounce bottle of water can cost up to $2.00 at a grocery store but tap water out of a drinking fountain is free.  You can bottle over and over and pocket the difference.

Learn More about reusable water bottles by clicking here.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fans are considered the most effective of these types of fans because they effectively circulate the air in a room to create a draft throughout the room. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.   Not only do ceiling fans provide you with better ventilation, but you’ll also save money.

While making changes to your lifestyle can be challenging, going green is the right thing to do.  Becoming more eco-conscience you’ll help the planet and save some money in the end as well.

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