You don’t have to spend money to save money, energy and the environment. With these twenty tips you can do all that and with some imagination and creativity you can save even more.
15 Money Saving Tips for Going Green
- Turn off ceiling fans and lights at night. Just leave on the fans in the bedrooms. It will help keep the rooms cool. During the winter place fans on the reverse setting so that warm air will be blown down.
- Unplug your chargers when they are not in use. We all do it, leave our cell phone or other electronic charger plugged in until the next time we use it. But even that uses energy.
- Make sure you change your filters for the air condition and heating systems. This will keep your HVAC running more efficiently.
- Install low flow shower heads and faucets.
- Only flush when needed. Yeah this sounds a little gross but hey, if Tyra Banks can do it so can I. The average flush uses between 1.5- 5 gallons of water depending on the age of your toilet. If you don’t like Tyra’s way of saving water install a water saver flush kit.
- Not only should you only run your dishwasher when it is full, but use the energy saver option and have the dishes air dry.
- Use cold water when washing clothes and wash full loads. Many detergents are now specifically for cold water use. Approximately 85-90% of the energy used when washing your clothes is for heating the water.
- If you need to purchase a new washing machine, don’t just look for the Energy Star but try to buy a front loading washer. Front loading washers use 40% less water and 50% less energy than top loading washers.
- Clean your vent screen in the dryer each time you use it. Even non energy efficient dryers will use less energy with an empty vent.
- Turn on the light for your oven to check on your dinner and save all that nice hot air for the oven. Your oven will work less and in hot summer months and so will your air conditioner.
- Install a bathroom fan with an automatic humidity sensor. The fan only runs long enough to remove the excess moisture and then turns itself off.
- Print on both sides of your page or save your sheets to use again. Often I print a coupon which takes about 4 inches of the paper, leaving me another four inches. Instead of throwing that paper away, keep a stack of it for the kids to color on or to print out more coupons.
- Recycle your paper shredding. In this day of identity theft almost every home has a paper shredder in it. Keep a bag of your shredding and use it to “fill” gift bags with or as a packing material. You will be surprised. Not only does it make a colorful gift bag filler but it saves money on purchasing paper which – let’s be honest – is just going to get thrown away anyway. If you use it for packing material it is not as heavy as some other packing materials and it saves you money both in shipping and materials.
- Use reusable containers. I even reuse the Gerber 2nd step plastic containers. They are non breakable, have their own lids and after washing them out they are the perfect size for packing snack in the diaper bag and they are stackable so they are easy to store.
- Check with your local school’s art teacher and libraries that have arts days. Believe it or not many of the things we throw away she can use – like newspapers, baby food jars and rolls from paper towels and toilet paper.
Maybe you are a tree hugger, an environmentalist, or a true believer in global warming. Maybe you just like to save money. Whatever your reason may be for using any one or all of these tips doesn’t really matter. Just use them.