9 Tips to Going Green on a Budget

Posted on August 6th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

You might have heard the statement before that “it takes green to go green”.  When you’re trying to make the switch to be more eco-friendly, the last thing you want to do is spend more money doing it.  Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be expensive to start making choices that are easy on the environment.

Going Green

Shop Second Hand

Grow your Own Garden

Become Paper-Free
Switch to using cloth napkins, towels and rags instead of paper towels and napkins. Even if you don’t make the switch completely to paper free, every little bit helps!

Use Reusables when Possible

Instead of using ziploc bags when packing your lunch — try using reusable plastic containers or reusable fabric bags.  This rule also applies to drinks!  When possible use reusable glass or stainless steel cups in place of water bottles or throw away styrofoam cups.

 

Make your own Cleaning Supplies

By creating your own cleaning supplies you are not only cutting down on harsh chemicals, you are also cutting down on all of the extra bottles.

 

Use a Programmable Thermostat
Set your programmable thermostat to run less when you aren’t home or even during the night hours.  You would be surprised at how much this will reduce your energy consumption!  Also, open your windows as much as possible to cool your house down.  If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can also make a difference by lowering the thermostat 2 degrees for heat and up 2 degrees for the air.  Your unit will be working less, but you likely won’t notice much difference in the air temperature.

 

Use Less Water
There are many ways to do this, such as installing a water conserving shower head or toilet.  If you cannot afford to replace your toilet, a quick fix is to place a brick in the tank, which raises the water level without adding more water.

 

Drive Less

Try to consolidate your errands so you’re running to town less, using less fuel.  When you’re able, try to walk or ride your bike.  You’ll be doing double duty — getting fit and using less fuel!

 

Forget the Dryer!

Use your clothesline or hang up your clothes to dry inside your home instead of using your dryer.


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