How To Go Green On A Budget
Even though Earth Day isn’t until April, there’s never a wrong time to go green. And while you might think you need a lot of money to swap out less eco-friendly products for ones that are better for the environment, there are things you can do right now that make a difference. Here’s five inexpensive ways to go green today.
Even if you swapped out your gas guzzler for a hybrid model, walking is still better for the environment. If you live in the city, there’s no faster way to get around than by walking. Most times, it’s even faster than public transportation. If you live in a more residential area, try to drive as little as possible. Instead of going to the market two or three times a week, make a list of everything you need and buy it at one time. Besides the environmental benefits of walking, moving your body more can help you sleep better, lessen joint pain, and provide mental clarity throughout the day.
Limit HVAC Use
Not running your heating and air conditioning is one the easiest ways to save money and protect the planet. In the summer, use fans to cool your home as much as possible. Keep the curtains closed during the hottest part of the day. That way, your house will stay cooler and you might not need to run the AC as often.
In the winter, try to limit how often you turn on the heat. Since gas and electric heat are both expensive, consider installing solar panels. If you’re on a tight budget, find places you can cut corners in your monthly expenses. Consider refinancing loans with lenders who offer a variety of options to help lower interest rates and even shorten the duration of the loan.
Buy Reusable Products
Single-use products are almost always made of plastic. And while they might seem like a good idea at the time, all the plastic ends up in the ocean or a landfill. You can do your part by only buying reusable products. Instead of plastic grocery bags, use a washable tote to do grocery shopping. Instead of buying bottled water, buy a water filter. This will save money and protect the environment as well.
DIY Cleaning Products
Household cleaners are full of noxious chemicals that are bad for the environment. You can easily swap out store-bought glass cleaner for white vinegar to clean your windows and mirrors. Instead of abrasive bleach-based sink and tub cleansers, use plain baking soda to get the job done.
Plant A Garden
Slash your grocery bill and avoid pesticides by growing your own fruits and vegetables. If you have enough space, you can easily grow lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and melons. If you live in an apartment, you can still grow a lot of veggies in containers on your countertops, window sills, and outdoor decks or porch if you have one.
Jenna Christine is a corporate relations specialist with over ten years experience in employee relations and brand development roles. She is a dedicated volunteer within the disability advocacy space, and loves to bake and run marathons.