doesn't want a little extra green in their wallet at the end of the month? This
April, celebrate Earth Day, by going green to save some green. Follow these simple
tips for doing well by doing good.
Think Reusable: Stop spending
money on items you throw away. Plastic water bottles cost money and fill up our
landfills. Instead make a one-time investment in a BPA-free water bottle and
refill from the tap. Stop buying disposable coffee filters and baggies for the kids'
sandwiches and again, make an investment in reusable filters and
packaging. Swap out paper napkins and
plates for the real deal. You'll save money and create less trash.
Out with the Old: Swap out
incandescent bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) which last up to
10 times longer than traditional bulbs but use 66 percent less energy!
Practice Moderation: Use less energy by
moderating the temperature of your home. Consider replacing your furnace with a
more efficient model and turn the thermostat down a few degrees. Conserve water
with aerators and by making baths an occasional treat. You'll see savings in
your monthly bills.
Plant a Garden: Save at the
produce section by growing your own herbs and vegetables. Tending a garden
teaches kids to respect nature while encouraging healthy eating and the
practice of self-sufficiency.
Walk, Bike or Carpool: Cut commuting costs by greening your commute.
Consider walking or biking if feasible or carpooling for longer commutes. On
the weekends, save at the pump by putting your car in park. Walking or biking
with your family is a wallet-friendly way to both enjoy quality time as a
family and get needed exercise.
Swap, not Spend: Rather than
spending money purchasing goods to fill already overstuffed homes, arrange
swaps with families and neighbors. Items such as party clothes, snow gear,
skis, sleds and recreational items such as wagons and bikes are often outgrown
before they are outlived. Arrange trades for items you no longer need rather
than consigning them to the trash.
Over the long haul: Taking steps to
make your house energy efficient reaps long-term dividends. Insulate your house
so it requires less heat in the colder months, replace old windows with
double-paned glass, upgrade out-of-date appliances to newer "Energy Star"
models, install a programmable thermostat, low-flush toilets and aerators on
every faucet. Replace grass with succulents or plants requiring little or no
water and maintenance. Consider going solar to cut energy costs and gain tax
more resources on greening your home to save some green, visit www.earthday.org.
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