Wednesday, October 1, 2008

10 Tips to Go Green and Save Green

With the financial crisis looming over the country, and unemployment rates rising, it’s only natural for people to be less concerned about greening their habits and more concerned about keeping green in their wallets.

It’s important to note that the two are not mutually exclusive. You can have your green cake and eat it too with the following eco-friendly tips that will also save you money.

1. Conserve energy! This is an obvious one but necessary. Save energy by turning off unnecessary lights, lowering your thermostat, cleaning your refrigerator coils, unplugging unused electronics, and washing laundry in cold water instead of hot. Prep your house for winter by sealing drafty windows and doors.

2. Conserve water by taking shorter showers, watering your lawn less often, washing full loads of laundry, and fixing leaky faucets.

3. Organic produce is not always the most expensive option. Watch for sales when you shop – you will find some organic bargains. Maximize your food budget by opting for organic on the items that typically have the highest amounts of pesticides and herbicides including: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes.

4. Buy in bulk or in larger sizes to reduce the amount of packaging that goes to our landfills and lower your grocery bills.

5. Save on gas by going the speed limit, keeping your tires properly inflated, and avoiding the “idle” waiting. Carpool with neighbors when you can. Better yet, use mass transit, ride a bike, or walk.

6. Visit your local library instead of buying a new book.

7. Invest in a water filter and drink tap water instead of buying bottled water.

8. When it’s time to cleanup, use cloth towels, washcloths, or napkins rather than paper towels.

9. Skip the expensive and abrasive chemical cleaners and opt for more natural (and less expensive cleaning alternatives like vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia.

10. When a light bulb goes out, replace it with a CFL bulb. It does cost more than a regular bulb but it lasts ten times longer and uses a third less energy which will lower your electrical bill each month.

As you can see, you don’t have to spend green to go green. Tell us what you think! What do YOU do to save money and the environment?


Eco Friendly said...

Great blog! I really like your top 10 list, especially the tips on how to conserve water. Really good information, thanks!

Eco Mama said...

Thanks, Eco Friendly! Glad you like the tips. I love your web store and I'm following your blog.

Eco Friendly said...

Hello Eco Mama,

Thanks for the nice comments, we are following your blog aswell. Let us know if there is ever anything we can help you with.

Eco Friendly (Tahra)

Green Bob said...

Thanks for the link about cleaning tips ... that leads to Vinegar Tips. It's SOOOooo much cheaper to use and doesn't pollute.

@_raj said...

hi!.. the points you have mentioned are worth following. Since I blog about cars, I would like to add - turn off your car's engines at red lights if the wait is more than 60sec, it not only saves fuel but also maintains your vehicle's temperament. I will try to follow the points mentioned here, to go Green. And would suggest others to do the same. thanks
keep blogging such stuff

Eco Mama said...

Thanks for the auto tip, Raj! Looking forward to checking out your blog once it's live.