Go green and save money at the same time you say? Some say this is impossible, however there are ways to go green on a tight budget.
During the Great Depression people had to learn to be creative and discover ways to reuse things and get the most out of their money. It is unfortunate that it sometimes take hard times to get people thinking about ways to save money, but it is the smart person who looks at these times as opportunities to become more eco-friendly while saving money. You don't have to say that you are riding the bus because gas is too expensive; say you are trying out some environmentally friendly alternatives. We will look at some practical ways to save your hard earned dollars, recycle, reuse, and reduce to become an environmentalist trendsetter.
Now I am not suggesting that you go out and replace every appliance, light bulb, light fixture, etc. in your home, however if you find that it is time to replace something consider the energy saving options that are available. In the long run you will notice a considerable savings in your utility bill. Let's take a look at where energy is used most in a home. The largest portion of your energy is generally used in cooling or heating your home, approximately 60 percent. An average of 15 percent of energy is used in heating water; 13 percent in running refrigerators; 12 percent is used on everything else (such as TVs, lights, washer, dryer, cooking).
Here are some suggestions that you can use reusable items as opposed to disposable one:
Newspaper is handy for much more than reading, here are a few useful tips:
* Hooper, Tonia. (n.d.). Living Green on a Budget. Retrieved from, http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/sustainability/living-green-on-a-budget.