Going Green on a Budget?

"Green Living"Great things start from small beginnings. If you want to make a difference in this world, start with yourself and your home. Who says that green living is only for the rich? Anyone who has the common sense can go green, even on a tight budget. It’s all about perceptions! Here are 30 of my all-time favorite tips on living green while penny-pinching:

1. Switch off the lights and unplug electrical appliances when not in use. Even in stand-by mode, appliances can still consume power.

2. Change your lights to fluorescent lighting or those with the Energy Star seal. This can mean huge savings on energy bills too.

3. Be smart with new products you buy for your home and make sure they have features that help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Love natural lighting. All you have to do is open the drapes and let the sunshine come in.

5. Why drive when you can walk? A green car ( or a hybrid ) can cost a lot. Besides, walking is great for your heart and waistline.

6. Lessen your shower time to save on water and heating bills. You can buy a low-flow shower head or faucet aerator that doesn’t cost as much.

7. Check out your bathroom for a leaky toilet. Did you know it can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day? Have it repaired right away.

8. Try putting in a water filter at home so you can save money on bottled water, as well as save the planet from plastic waste. Bottled water also has a risk of BPA exposure which can lead to chronic diseases.

9. Before buying a new product, check out your old stuff and see if there is something you can reuse or recycle.

10. Eat smart and choose local organic produce that provides you with essential nutrients. Try going meatless even once a week.

11. Why buy when you can share and borrow? Doing so will not only save you money, but it can help you get to know your community better.

12. Go organic when it comes to your beauty needs. Skip beauty products with harmful chemicals and make your own beauty solutions starting with things you can find in your kitchen, like olive oil.

13. Stock up on vinegar, baking soda and lemon. They make an Eco-friendly alternative to your old household cleaning products,
which can be great health hazards.

14. Washing clothes in cold water uses less energy. Line dry instead of using your dryer.

15. When going on a shopping spree, bring your own shopping bag. Help reduce plastic wastes and paper production.

16. Use a manual push mower instead of gas or electric.

17. Make your yard greener by composting food for use in your very own herb and spices garden. If you have the time and space, try growing your own organic vegetables.

18. If you can’t avoid driving your car, go easy on the brakes and gas pedal. You’re not in an F1 race. Also, choose a car that gets good mileage.

19. A well-maintained car means a fuel-efficient ride. Make sure you run regular diagnostics on your vehicle with your manufacturer. Change oil and replace air filters regularly.

20. Go for renewable fuels, like E85 and Bio-diesel, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your vehicle.

21. Try alternative home remedies when it comes to your health. Instead of buying an electric massage device, you can always try touch therapy like Shiatsu or a Balinese massage.

22. Try asking your employer if you can telecommute. This saves on transportation cost and gives you more time to be more productive at your work.

23. Switch to a paperless solution for your office needs. This move saves on paper, helping you get things more organized as well.

24. Check out thrift stores, consignment shops, or garage sales in your neighborhood before you decide to buy a new product.

25. Cook at home. Doing so is not only healthier, but it is cheaper.

26. Try setting a time to learn DIY projects that will help make your home a greener place to live.

27. Switch to green power. It may be costly at first, but you get great rewards in the long run. Try using green power from natural sources like the wind and sun. You may have a system installed at
your home or hire an expert who can make your home run on green power.

28. Ride public transportation, carpool, or bike your way to work.

29. Love natural breeze and switch to ceiling fans. If you use air-conditioning, turn down the thermostat during winter to help save on energy bills.

30. Most important, think before you buy – Not twice, but thrice! Do you really need to buy a new product? Let your conscience be your guide.

Spread the word about climate change and be proactive in living green. It is a major challenge to how we live today and it may not be an easy road to take. Just think of the benefits in the long run by living simple, greener, and healthier.

Do you have other green tips? Please feel free to share.

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2 Responses to “Going Green on a Budget?”

  1. issa says:

    Thanks Rachel, I’m glad you love our blog. Keep on reading!

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