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How To Go Green: On A Budget

Sustainability and turning green are often misunderstood. It is frequently seen as a costly endeavor. This is often not the case, since most sustainable measures will help you save money in the long run. You may just have to put money into turning green in the beginning.

Just like any other investment, you need to put in some time, effort, and money to get the benefits. So don't be afraid to become green; there are many advantages for both the environment and your money.

Sure, there are ways to spend a lot of money trying to live a green lifestyle—for example, upgrading your entire house to meet green efficiency requirements. Or, you can use these simple techniques for conserving the environment, which will also help you save money.

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Technique #1: Give up bottle water

Plastic use is at an all-time high. You may purchase a water filter or distiller to make sure your drinking water is clean and safe, and it's probably better for your health than most bottled water. Then you may purchase a reusable water bottle to carry with you. Unfortunately, the majority of plastic bottles are not recycled, and they wind up in landfills or, worse, in our seas. So save money while also helping the environment by avoiding bottled water.

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Technique# 2: Switch to a 100% green energy provider

Switching to a supplier like AEP Energy, which provides 100 percent green power, may make a significant impact. Using exclusively wind and solar energy reduces your carbon footprint automatically. Based on consumer input, agency insights, and public data, AEP Energy has received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Surprisingly, you will save more money than with large energy providers such as Ambit Energy, Clearview Energy, and Frontier Utilities. The notion that green energy is more expensive is widely discredited.

The third surprise is how simple it is to switch to AEP Energy. In less than 2 minutes, you can obtain a quotation and join up on their website; simply input your information and they'll take care of the rest. In no time, you can become green and save money.

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Technique# 3: Go digital 

You'll save money and the environment by preserving trees. Use online banking, store critical data and photographs on your hard drive, replace paper subscriptions with email subscriptions, and subscribe to streaming services like Netflix, Spotify, or Audible. These modest changes wind up being more cost-effective in the long term; for example, some banks are now charging for printed statements, saving on tangible goods such as paper, books, and DVDs.

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Technique# 4: Cold wash 

To get clean, clothes no longer need to be washed in hot water. There are several eco-friendly businesses that recommend washing your garments on a cooler cycle to save money and the environment.

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Technique# 5: Bring your own bag 

We now have to pay for plastic bags in certain supermarket stores. Which is a fantastic incentive for us all to bring our own bags! Less use of plastic bags means less plastic in landfills and our oceans, posing a threat to our planet and its inhabitants.

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Technique# 6: Recycle or sell

Consider recycling, selling, or lending your own goods before tossing them out whether you're buying secondhand or borrowing from friends. Yes, it requires more effort, but it is well worth it! I've received surprising sums for old laptops, cameras, phones, or pieces of furniture that I'm no longer using or that have broken, and I like donating clothes to a local charity that I no longer desire.

Also, before tossing outdated goods in the trash, make sure to recycle them. Your old gadgets, furniture, and clothing will be recycled at most local landfills or recycling centers.

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Technique #7 Drive Less

 If you drive a hybrid car, the emissions from the automobiles that transport you to and from work, school, and home are hazardous to the environment. It may be easier and less expensive not to possess a car for those who reside in cities with good public transit.

But If you can't use public transportation, try to reduce the amount of time you spend driving. To reduce emissions, try walking or bicycling to local destinations and carpooling wherever possible.

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Technique #8: Reuse products

Environmental harm is caused in large part by waste. Americans have gotten so accustomed to single-use throwaway products that they forget that every straw, bottle, toothbrush, and other single-use item will wind up in a landfill or the ocean.

Reuse as much as possible to save money and the environment. Invest in a filter and reusable bottle instead of buying bottled water in packs. Fill your own travel-size bottles with soap and shampoo before each trip instead of using hotel soaps and shampoos. Clothing and household items can be found at thrift stores and yard sales. There are so many tiny things you can do to reuse products that even a few modest modifications may make a difference.

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Technique #9: Make some smart upgrades to your home

Upgrades to your home's energy efficiency can help you save money. Installing smart plugs, for example, may help you keep track of your energy use and switch off the curling iron if you leave it on. Smart gadgets such as thermostats and lightbulbs may be more expensive at first, but they can save you money in the long term.

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Technique #10: Use less water

Make an effort to use less water to lower your water cost and usage. Make sure you and your family turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, take shorter or fewer showers, and don't leave sprinklers running for long periods of time.

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Technique #11: Reduce and save

Last but not least, intentionally decreasing the quantity of resources we consume is an excellent approach to living greener while also saving money. Here are a few ways to reduce and save: 

  • Make sure you turn off the lights in rooms that are unoccupied 
  • Unplug appliances that are not in use 
  • Use batteries that are rechargeable
  • In the summer, set the thermostat to 78°F and in the winter, to 68°F.

Technique# 12: Make your own green cleaning products

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Household cleaning products are among the most hazardous daily compounds to which people are exposed, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and the majority of chemical brands are unsafe. 

Ammonia, chlorine bleach, aerosol propellants, detergents, petroleum distillates, phthalates, and toluene are just a few of the home cleansers that are particularly hazardous.

These chemicals are not only dangerous, but they may also damage the skin and emit poisonous fumes that impact the individual using the product as well as everyone else in the vicinity.

It's simple to make the move to cleaning solutions that are organically produced, biodegradable, and non-toxic. Green cleaning solutions have been shown to clean as effectively as, if not better than, standard cleaning agents without the harmful side effects.

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Adopting an environmentally responsible lifestyle and living on a budget are inextricably linked! Indeed, there are so many parallels between these two elements that we couldn't help but provide our best advice! 

Thank you for taking the time to read our list of the top 12 ways to go green on a budget!

What are your best budget-friendly green living tips? We'd be delighted to hear them! Leave a comment below with your greatest tip! 

Resources 

  1. 15 Simple Ways to Live Green on a Budget
  2. 13 Ways to Go Green and Save Money
  3. Green Tips - Get Involved

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