Money Saving Green Tips

While the idea of going green is generally a popular lifestyle choice, there is a commonly held perception Piggy Bankthat going green is more expensive. This is true – many suggestions to go green end up being more expensive than the old way of doing things. So to help inspire you in your efforts to go green, here are some frugal ways to make a smaller environmental footprint while making your pocket book happy!

Re-usable coffee filters: If you’re not already using these kinds of filters switch now – you’ll still have great tasting coffee but you won’t have to run out to buy filters again!

Mineral Salt Deodorant sticks:  These sticks last a very long time and do not contain harmful ingredients.

Shop at Second Hand Stores: Reuse and recycle – that’s the mantra. There are great items like clothing and house wares to be found at your local thrift shop. With this decision you’ll be helping to stop one more item from going to the land fill and you’ll be spending a fraction of what you would pay for the item brand new.

Don’t Drive Fast:  You can improve your mileage by about 15 percent by driving your vehicle at 55 mph instead of 65 mph.

Don’t idle:  Try to avoid letting your engine idle for more than 30 seconds. If you idle longer than 30 seconds you will end up burning more gas than you would re-starting your engine.

If you can walk, bike, use the transit: The lost art of walking and bicycling to destinations is being rediscovered in communities everywhere. Not only is it better for the environment but it’s a way for us and our kids to develop healthy exercise habits. It’s also a good way to interact with people in your community. It’s not so easy to talk to people when your encapsulated in your car. For longer destinations think about public transit – you’ll help to reduce the vehicular traffic on the road and you can read a good book, listen to your iPod or vegetate during your ride.

Where is your Refrigerator?: You will use more energy if you locate your refrigerator in direct sunlight. Think in advance about the location of your appliances when moving or redecorating your kitchen.

Adjust your Water Heater: If you lower the thermostat on your hot-water heater from about 145 degrees to 120 degrees, the change will be barely noticeable. This simple step could save you more than $20 a year if you have a gas water heater an more than $50 per year if you have an electric water heater.

You can read more from Tiffany at her blog about Green Parenting, where she writes about green family living, parenting, natural health, safe children’s products, and homeschooling. Subscribe to her blog here.

Original post written for 5 Minutes for Going Green.

5 Responses to Money Saving Green Tips
  1. Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up
    September 29, 2008 | 10:21 am

    One of the best financial decisions I’ve made is to ‘Go Green’. It’s so much better on my pocket book! I’ve been saving money on my utility bills as well as on normal household products like cleaners, personal hygiene products, and also on food since I don’t purchase the prepackaged snacks anymore! And we definitely drive a lot slower now to save money on gas. Helps us AND everyone else who needs air to breath.

  2. Amy (Crunchy Domestic Goddess)
    October 3, 2008 | 1:08 am

    I wish I would’ve checked out the thrift stores before I bought all of my canning equipment. I could have saved a pretty penny for sure.
    The next time I need anything for my kitchen, you can bed I’m hitting the thrift stores first. :)

  3. Anthony Schelenhutz
    October 7, 2008 | 8:22 pm

    This is a great way of showing the people that take everything for granted and now that we all are in a crisis it’s helpful. Knowing these tips help save money when especially now it’s the best time to save up money. People also need to learn how to live a little and spending a little money hear and there doesn’t hurt as long as there is more saving then spending.

  4. Fred
    June 24, 2009 | 9:50 am

    saving water on toilet flushing is an easy way to save. I use dual flush toilets and have saved at least $10.00 a month on my water bill. Most people do not know that you can buy a conversion kit for your old toilet for less than the cost of repairing the flapper valve.

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