Top 10 Ways You Can Save Money by Going Green

It is a common misconception that it’s expensive to lower your carbon footprint. How did this rumor ever get started? Many people seriously believe that they can’t do anything to help preserve the environment because it’s not in their budget. If this sounds like you then you may be interested and very excited to learn that going green can actually save you money!

  1. Paperless Billing – Nearly every utility, bank and credit card company offers paperless billing and online payment options. There are millions of people who pay their bills online anyway yet they still receive a paper bill in the mail. Why? Do you know that many companies offer up to $1 discount per bill when you sign up to stop paper billing because it costs them money in printing, postage and labor. Those are monthly savings that could add up to $70 per year and you’re saving a tree!
  2. Change the Way You do Laundry – Whenever possible, you should line dry your clothes either inside or outside. It is estimated that the average family can save almost $1,000 per year between energy costs and clothing replacement because clothes don’t last as long when they are heated to dry. On a side note, when it comes time to buy a new washing machine, choose a front-loading variety. They use less water and less detergent.
  3. Use a Rain Barrel – Not only are you wasting a ton of water to water your garden and spray your dog’s muddy paws off, you’re paying for your actions in your water bill as well. You can buy a pop-up rain barrel for less than $70 online or you can build you own for even less.
  4. Go to the Library – You may not be the read a book type but you would be surprised at what you can check out of a library these days! Not only can you find every newspaper and magazine imaginable, movies are free and some even allow one week checkouts, this includes workout DVDs too!
  5. Make Your Own Beauty Products – Skin and hair products make up a billion dollar industry that you really do not need to contribute to. You can find a multitude of recipes online to make your own products with all natural ingredients. Not only will they save you a lot of money, they are better for you!
  6. Natural Cleaning Products – You may be surprised at the things that you clean with baking soda and/or vinegar. These are two super cheap kitchen essentials that can be used for an endless list of things.
  7. Water Heater Setting – Most people keep their water heater on the hottest setting. How often do you not have to turn on the cold water too so you’re not scalded? Put the heater on a lower setting to save money and energy. No one needs water burning hot.
  8. Seal Your Home – Spending a few dollars on caulking, foam spray and weather-stripping can save you a substantial amount of money in both your heating and cooling bill. Of course, the less energy used, the lower your carbon footprint is.
  9. Grow Your Own Vegetables – Whether you are single or have a large family, you can benefit from growing your own vegetables. They cost you next to nothing to grow, they taste better and they won’t be grown with herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals that harm the environment.
  10. Carpool – You can save a considerable amount of money if you carpool. With the high cost of gas, there are probably several people where you work who would love to participate in a carpool.

What tips do you have to help someone trying to be green and save money?

This is a guest post from My Garden Hammock A site dedicated to the humble hammock with some great tips on choosing a hammock bed for the garden or even to replace your bed
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Comments

  1. Cloth diapers!

    • Tara V., TheFabShoppingMom says:

      I agree Amy! Cloth diapers are an initial investment, but way cheaper than disposable diapers! Not to mention, a much greener option!

  2. Small Footprints says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I think that “living green” being inexpensive is the best kept secret … people tend to think that they can’t afford to live green. And yeah, if it means buying a new Eco-friendly house or purchasing a hybrid card then … yeah … maybe it’s not so cheap. But in my mind, using the suggestion you offered, is ‘green’ and frugal. Thanks so much!

    • Tara V., TheFabShoppingMom says:

      You are so right! Everyone does think that green options are always expensive, when not all are! Many green options are much cheaper.

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