Monday, April 19, 2010
Inexpensive and Easy Ways to Go Green | Family Economics
With Earth Day quickly approaching and the economy still struggling, many people are wondering how to be friendly to the environment on a budget. Fortunately being frugal and going green often go hand in hand.
How can you help save the environment and save money at the same time? Follow these easy tips to get started.
1. Use less paper and plastic. Swap your paper napkins and towels out for cloth. Pick up inexpensive cloth napkins at yard sales, or make your own, if you’re crafty. Use regular plates and utensils instead of paper. And bring your reusable bags to the grocery store. Many stores will give you a small discount for using your own bags, so make sure you alert the cashier before you pay for your purchases.
2. Recycle. Many areas of the country now have free recycling pickup, or at least a place to drop off your recycling. Nowadays you can recycle almost anything: cardboard, paper, glass and plastic bottles to name a few. And the more you recycle, the less trash you’ll create, saving you money on trash pickup.
3. Use less electricity. It’s not that difficult to make small changes that will have a positive impact on both the environment and your pocketbook. Easy changes include switching to CFL light bulbs, turning off your computer at night, washing your laundry with cold water, and turning down the thermostat on your furnace and water heater.
4. Borrow, don’t buy. Before buying anything, ask yourself if you can borrow it instead. This is especially easy when it comes to books and movies. Most libraries will allow you to browse the catalog and reserve books and DVDs online. All you have to do is walk in and pick up your items when they’re ready!
By making small, simple adjustments to your everyday routine, you can help the environment and save money at the same time.