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Easy Green Ways to Save Money This Year

Jan 14, 2016
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Diane Hoffmaster

When the New Year rolls around, many people choose to make a resolution. Some want to lose weight, while others simply want to exercise more often. A significant number of people resolve to save more money, and others choose to live a greener life. It is actually very easy to combine those last two resolutions and do both at the same time! Here are a few easy ways to live a greener life while also saving a bit of extra money.  

light bulbs

Save energy to save money:

  • Install LED bulbs when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
  • Wash clothes in cold water and line dry or choose the 'less dry' option on your dryer.
  • Unplug appliances when you're not using them.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.

Save money by saving water:

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use.
  • Install a low flow shower head and low flush toilets.
  • Plant drought tolerant plants in the yard.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it is full.

Save on gasoline by driving less:

  • Look into a ride share program or commute to work with a coworker.
  • Consolidate errands to reduce your around town driving.
  • Make sure your car is in tip top shape so it runs efficiently.
  • Consider working from home one day a week.

winter vegetables 

Rethink your grocery shopping experience:

  • Skip the bottled water and drink from the tap instead.
  • Choose seasonal fruits and veggies, which are usually cheaper and have a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Cook from scratch instead of buying premade.
  • Buy in bulk to save money and reduce packaging waste.

Think before you buy:

  • Ask yourself if you really need something before buying it.
  • Buy quality items, usually the cheapest items are the first to break.
  • Start shopping at garage sales, thrift stores and consignment sales whenever possible.
  • Keep your credit card at home to limit impulse purchases that you don't really need.

There are a lot of ways to reduce our carbon footprint that are not only inexpensive but that will save us money in the long term!

How will YOU be saving money by going green this year?

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