26 Ways to Save Money While Saving the Environment

Many people think that being environmentally-conscious is expensive because you need to buy all sorts of organic items, costly energy-saving devices and the like.  But while it may be ridiculously expensive to install a windmill on your roof, there are actually dozens of ways in which you can save the environment while saving money.  Yup, it’s true.  Read on toGo green - save moneydiscover 25 ways of being environmentally-friendly while being friendly to your wallet as well.

  1. Did you know that 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is used when the appliances are off?  Save on your electric bill by unplugging appliances when they’re not in use.
  2. Cleaning the lint filter of your dryer helps the air circulate better, which increases the dryer’s energy efficiency.
  3. Many coffee shops will reduce the price of your drink if you bring your own reusable cup.
  4. Did you know that laptops use much less energy than desktop computers? Save money on your electric bills by switching to a laptop when you buy your next computer.
  5. Cleaning your car’s air filter regularly can improve your gas mileage by up to 7%, saving you more than $100 for every 10,000 miles you drive in an average vehicle.
  6. Paying your bills online will save you money on envelopes and stamps and will prevent these items from creating waste.
  7. Using compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) instead of incandescent light bulbs can save you up to 75% on your energy bill and can last up to 10 times longer.
  8. Some grocery stores and drug stores such as CVS and Stop & Shop offer money back to customers who bring their own bags.
  9. Most consumers spend several hundred dollars on bottled water.  You’ll save a lot of money by purchasing a reusable bottle and refilling it when necessary, and you’ll prevent the bottles from creating waste.
  10. You can eliminate the expense and waste of disposable razors by purchasing a self-cleaning electric shaver.  Your investment will pay off after only 8 months.
  11. Front loading washing machines are known to get clothing cleaner and to be more energy-efficient than top-loading models.  If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, try a front loading model.
  12. Whenever you’re not using the computer for a few hours, let it go to ’sleep’ to conserve energy. When done using it for the day, shut it down completely.
  13. Read magazines and newspapers online instead of subscribing to the print version.  Although some articles may be different or missing, online publications still have relevant, interesting information – without the waste of paper.
  14. Refilling your ink cartridges instead of purchasing new ones can save you a bundle and avoid the waste of plastic cartridges and wrappers.
  15. Buy in bulk.  Purchasing things like soap and food in larger packages will save you money on the product and reduce the packaging used.
  16. Recycle bottles to receive a cash refund.  If you must drink soft drinks and beer make sure to recycle the bottles to receive a cash refund.  Even five cents per bottle can really add up.
  17. Instead of mailing out invitations to your next party, use an Evite.  You’ll save money on postage and paper, and you’ll save time on folding and stuffing.
  18. Lower your thermostat by 1 degree – you’ll consume less energy and save 2% on your monthly energy bill.
  19. Hang your clothing to dry instead of putting it in the dryer and you’ll save significantly on your annual energy bill.
  20. Turn off the light when you leave the room.  It sounds simple, but so many people neglect this habit. Teach your children these habits as well and you’ll notice savings on your electricity bill- and use less energy which will protect the environment.
  21. Carpool your child to and from school.  Not only will this save you money on gas, but it will also save you time on busy workdays.
  22. Reheat food in the microwave instead of a conventional oven.  It’ll take a fraction of the time to heat up your food while using far less electricity.
  23. Drive over 15 mph and under 60 mph.  Studies show that a car emits more pollution into the air at speeds under 15mph and over 60mph. You’ll save money on speeding tickets while reducing your carbon footprint.
  24. Use cloth napkins.  Not only will your dinner table be classier, but you’ll save money on paper napkins which create waste.
  25. Clean your refrigerator coils periodically. Doing so can dramatically improve the efficiency of your refrigerator. If you don’t have a suitable vacuum cleaner attachment, you can buy a specialized brush that’s up to the task.
  26. Plant your own herb garden.  You’ll have tasty herbs at your fingertips and will avoid the pesticides sprayed on commercial greens.

Response to “26 Ways to Save Money While Saving the Environment”

  1. Jade Wonder says:

    It is always good to save money and even better when you can save the environment at the same time. Another useful tip which works for me is bartering. I never understood why people throw away stuff which is in quite good condition just because it’s useless for them. Instead of that they can get rid of their stuff by bartering it on sites like barterquest.com and get something in return. That’s what I’m doing to save money and the environment. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? :-)

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