Can it be possible to go green and save some money at the same time? Green is in and as people become more environmentally conscious, they are buying local, going organic and purchasing hybrids. What small changes can you do to leave the world a better place?
1. Be mindful about your electronics. Use smartphones, televisions and electronics as long as you can. This saves you money and reduces waste. Recycle them responsibly when the time comes.
2. Buy smarter. More information is out there to allow you to get the best deals on products. Buy dry food from bulk bins as your local supermarkets. Bring your shopping bags with you to reduce plastic bag consumption. Buy clothes that do not require dry cleaning. Save money and reduce toxic chemical use.
3. Borrow your next item. For books and movies, head down to a local library. If you have a Kindle or e-reader, they have books that you can access and enjoy in that format. Instead of buying a power tool, borrow from a neighbor or rent them. It is not like you will be using them every day.
4. Consider second hand. People often redecorate home or throw perfectly good items out when they downsize. Most items are great for a den or anywhere heavy use is expected. A nice antique might need a little reupholstering and will be a stylish addition at a fraction of the cost of new.
5. Think of purchasing a water filter. Say no to bottled water. This will reduce the amount of container waste in landfills. The BPA in many plastic containers is said to leach into the water itself, posing a possible risk to human health when consumed. A water filter reduces your expenditure, decreases reliance on petroleum to create plastic, and may be better for your health.
6. Walk and bike more. Consider the health benefits and the enjoyment of looking around while taking bipedal transportation. The cost of an average journey is zero. Get a bit of cardio, burn a few calories and connect with your outside environment. No harmful emissions is another benefit.
7. Reduce water usage. Farmers in California are experiencing one of the worst water shortages in years. Taking shorter showers, planting native plants and installing a low-flow showerhead will reduce personal water consumption and save on water bills.
8. Go with homemade cleaning supplies. Mopfrog of Danbury offers suggestions on non-toxic cleaning products. Make your own with simple ingredients in your pantry such as vinegar, baking soda, soap and lemon.