Today, everyone is looking for ways to not only go green and save the environment, but to save money while doing so. There are so many ways to go about this from turning off the lights that you’re not using in the home to turning off the water while brushing your teeth, as well as taking shorter showers. It’s no secret that people usually tend to give up the idea of going green because of how expensive it can be. There are a ton of green, eco-friendly products and services that are advertised on a daily basis that are a bit pricey. However, going green doesn’t have to break the bank since there are several ways that you can contribute to helping save the planet, as well as saving some money. Here are several ways to do so.
Stop purchasing bottled water
Not only is bottled water the worst for the environment, but it is a huge waste of money. Think of how many bottles you’re drinking and then simply throwing away if you don’t recycle. It is much better to buy a reusable water bottle and refilling it as often as you want. If you’re not fond of drinking city water, then consider investing in a good filtered water system or invest in a refrigerator with a fresh water dispenser. It may cost you up front but the money you will save on the back end will be well worth it. A few years ago, I invested in one of those filtered water systems that you simply attach to your faucet and it was the best decision I ever made. Now, instead of buying bottled water, I refill my stainless steel water bottle over and over. It also allows me to cook with cleaner water, as well.
Minimize daily commute
If possible, instead of driving your car, use a different method of transportation to get to your destination. Today, there are so many options. You could use the bus or train, rideshare, walk or even bike to work. Not only will this allow you to save on gas, but it doesn’t put as many miles on your vehicle and helps with wear and tear. Another way that you can minimize your commute is by taking care of all of your errands at once instead of making several different trips. Ever since the rise of all of the online delivery services, I have mastered this. I order all of my groceries and have them delivered straight to my door using Shipt. I rarely ever go out to the grocery store anymore and it’s so convenient. On the weekends instead of going to the local internet cafes or pubs, I sit at home and play on Sky Vegas or spend my time on other websites offering plenty leisure time activities. Not only am I still able to get all of my errands and entertainment done, but I’m also contributing to better air quality by not commuting as much.
Unplug devices and appliances
One of the most common ways that people destroy the environment and raise their electric bills without even realizing it is by leaving appliances and electronics plugged in all day, everyday. When your appliances are plugged in, even if they’re not in use, they still use a ton of power. All appliances such as coffee pots, crock pots, and phone chargers, and computers should be unplugged when not in use. Turn off and unplug your computer until you’re ready to use it. This not only helps use less energy, but it helps the environment and saves on your electricity bill each month.
Switch to online banking and auto pay
Switching to online banking not only saves you from traveling to the bank, but it saves you time and money spent on stamps. When you switch to online banking and choose to have your statements emailed, that also stops a ton of mail from being sent to your house. There are so many banks and utility companies trying to encourage their customers to sign up for online accounts and go paperless and they even offer incentives for doing so. There are so many people who fail to use online banking out of fear that their private information will be challenged, but it is actually much safer than going to a physical bank and carrying cash. Not to mention having private, personal information just hanging out on documents in your mailbox. Paying your bills online is not only simpler, but it saves time from traveling to each individual place to pay them.
Start your own garden
The price of fresh fruits and vegetables just keep rising. If you have the space to do so, you should start growing your own produce in your very own garden. There are so many books, videos, and things you can reference to set up your garden. Some people even have indoor gardens. Growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables will not only allow you to eat healthier produce and save you money from buying them at grocery stores and farmer’s markets, but you’re also helping out the environment.