10 Green Ways to Save Some Green $$
Given the current dire economic picture we thought weâ€™d list a few ways folks can save some cash while making the planet a little greener.
- Replace those incandescent bulbs with energy efficient CFLs.Â The price of compact fluorescent bulbs has dropped (I just picked up a 7-pack of 60 watt CFLâ€™s for about $8 at Lowes) and they can last up toÂ 10 times longerÂ than traditional incandescent bulbs and save you over $30 in electricity over the lifetime of the bulb.
- Manage the fuel consumption of your home by buying programmable thermostats that can be set to lower your heat when youâ€™re not home or in rooms youâ€™re not using on a schedule you control.
- TVs, computers and many appliances and gadgets sip power even when off (vampire power). Plug your home entertainment do-dads and computer and peripherals into a power strip orSmart Power StripÂ that can shut them down when not in use.Â Youâ€™ll be surprised how much it will save you on your electric billâ€¦and turn off those lights when you leave a room.
- Purchase larger containers of household cleansers (green ones of course) and things like liquid soap and re-use the individual dispensers.Â Youâ€™ll save money at the cash register and keep a bunch of plastic containers out of the landfill.
- Get an under-counter or faucet mounted water filtration system and stop buying bottled water. At over $1 per gallon a family of 4 can go through several gallons of bottled water per week.Â A home water filtration system will pay for itself in no time, and keep all those plastic bottles out of the landfill and your recycling bin.
- Drive that car green.Â Avoid quick acceleration, tail-gating and constant braking to save gas - and use that cruise control. Youâ€™ll be surprised how your mpg will increase if you drive a steady 65 or 70mph on the highway instead of your cop-dodging 80mph.
- Ride a bike or walk instead of using that gas guzzler. Youâ€™ll lose some inches off your personal equator while saving on gas and emissions.
- Use reusable kitchen towels, dishrags, cloth napkins and handkerchiefs.Â All those paper products cost you cash and destroy our forests.
- If youâ€™ve got a yard, spare room or basement use it.Â Try putting up aÂ clothes lineÂ and air drying those threads.Â Big appliances like washers and dryers add a big chunk to your electric bill.Â Most power companies have lower rates off-hours so do that wash while youâ€™re watching the Colbert Report and John Stewart.
- Go DIY. Do it Yourself is always a money saver.Â Get a compost going to create your own rich soil for your garden.Â Get a rain barrel and save the water that runs-off your roof.Â Use old blankets or shirts to create a â€œMemory Blanket.â€
There are lots more ways to go green, reduce/reuse/recycle/upcycle and be sustainable.Â Chime in with your personal tips.
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