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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

25 Best Ways to Save Money and the Planet | Green X Pert - Green,Eco,Environment

25 Best Ways to Save Money and the Planet | Green X Pert - Green,Eco,Environment
Sometimes it seems that spending loads of money is a prerequisite for going green. We’d love to install solar panels on our roof and drive hybrids to work, but very few of us have the money to invest in green technology. Thankfully, there are ways to go green without dropping your entire paycheck. Eco Salon put together a list of 25 things you can do that won’t cost you a fortune: 1. Buy compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) . While not quite as energy efficient as LED bulbs, CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy. Plus, they cost less than $2 each. 2. Consider getting a solar oven . The sun’s rays are focused onto your food, and it is cooked just as well as a normal oven. You won’t use any electricity or gas, so you’ll be saving a ton of money on bills. 3. Don’t buy laundry detergent . Try Ecoballs – they’re free of harmful chemicals, and a set costs $60 and lasts up to 1,000 washes. That’s a lot less than detergent. 4. Install a programmable thermostat . Only heat your home when it needs to be heated, and you’ll be saving energy and money. 5. Quit using gas powered lawn mowers . They create pollution, and you have to buy gas. Try a push reel mower . 6. Walk or bike short distances . Your car uses the most gas when you start the engine and when you go slow – basically the entire time you’re running errands. Biking and walking for those quick stops is much more efficient (and will cost less, too). 7. Don’t start your car until you’re ready to go . If you’re waiting in the car for over a minute, turn it off. More fuel will be used idling than restarting. Think about this the next time you’re in the drive-thru. 8. Pack your lunch . Buying your sandwich out at lunch involves a lot of extra money and packaging. Think about how many times they wrap your sub in paper and plastic, not to mention the extra napkins and the bag they stick it in. Bringing your own sandwich from home is cheaper, greener, and most likely healthier. 9. Install a clothes line . Tumble-drying uses a lot of energy, which is hard on the planet and your wallet. Clothes also smell fresh after hanging on the line all day, too. (Raining? Try this spin-dryer .) 10. Turn out the lights . If you think your room is too dark, make the most of natural light by getting lighter curtains or moving the furniture around. It will make an impact on your electricity bill. 11. Catch rainwater . If you gather rain water in water buckets to fulfill your water use for anything but drinking, you could reduce your water bill by half. 12. Start a garden . Growing food yourself saves money on grocery trips, and cut down on the energy used to mass produce and transport food. 13. Unplug everything . Unplugging your electronics should be as much a habit as turning them off. Even if your computer and TV are turned off, they suck energy just from being plugged in. 14. Consider getting source heat pumps . While an investment, your heating bill will shrink completely and you’ll be heating your water naturally. 15. Bundle up . Heating your house is much more expensive (and uses a lot more energy) than cooling it, so when cold weather strikes, pile on the layers. 16. Wash on cold . 90% of the energy you used for washing clothes is lost heating the water, so wash on cold. 17. Cut back on meat . Meat is one of the least energy efficient foods to produce, plus it’s one of the most expensive things you can put in your cart. Try eating more fruits, vegetables, and legumes. 18. Use everything you buy . Letting food go bad and throwing out leftovers is a huge waste of money and resources. Freeze food for later, or compost it if you can’t find a way to finish it. 19. Buy used . Even though it might not be as glamorous as buying something new, secondhand products are often just as good as new ones – and definitely cheaper. 20. Visit the tailor . Alter your old clothes to bring them up-to-date, or bring the clothes you buy in a secondhand store into the tailor. 21. Work virtually . Try to schedule video conferences rather than meetings that require lots of travel. It’s cheaper, and uses far less energy. 22. Shop virtually . Buying local is our preferred way to shop, but if you need something involves hours of driving and shopping in a big, energy-sucking mall, you’d save money and gas buy ordering it. 23. Get a tote . Most homes could do with less flimsy plastic bags, and landfills could do with less, too. Plus, several stores are starting to charge for bags, and many offer small discounts to customers who bring their own reusable bags . 24. Clean naturally . Use natural, homemade cleaners like vinegar or toothpaste. You’ll avoid chemicals and unnecessary spending. 25. Always choose green . These days, not choosing green is sometimes more expensive than choosing the eco-friendly choice. via Eco Salon Post from: BlissTree 25 Best Ways to Save Money and the Planet

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