Earth Day: Going Green to Save Green

15 Apr

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In an earlier post I shared some of my own discoveries behind earth friendly practices and money savings. In this post I wanted to share ways to go green and save money.

I decided to break down this list into two categories: Things that you can do without spending a bunch of money, and things that require a larger initial investment but save money over time.

The suggestions on this list run the gamut from quick and easy tricks, to major overhauls. Obviously there may be some things on this list that won’t work for you, and that’s fine. There are probably things that you are already doing. Great!

Ways to go green that require minimal investment:

Dry your laundry on a clothesline
Turn down your thermostat to save energy
Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater
Unplug unused electronics to eliminate phantom currents
-Ditch the car: carpool, take public transit, or bike
Check your tire pressure to increase your fuel efficiency
Reduce the amount of water your toilet uses with every flush
Water your lawn early in the morning
Find and fix water leaks
Buy clothing and household items second hand

Recycle

Ways to go green that require significant initial investment but will save money over time:

Use Smart Power Strips
Create a party box
Find leaks in your water appliances and hire a plumber to fix them
Replace faucets, shower heads, and toilets with low flow fixtures or install aerators
Buy energy efficient appliances
Replace your light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs and dispose of them properly
Audit your home’s energy use
Winterize your home
Green your lawn, or better yet, replace your lawn with native plants

You can find more ideas here:

The Daily Green
World Watch Institute

What ideas do you have?

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