Ways that Going Green Will Save You Money
Robert Cockrell lists 5 golden tips for saving money by going green.
Few things in life happen without trade-offs. Delicious food is often high in calories, cheap goods are sometimes low quality, and things that save time sometimes cost more money. It may surprise you, then, to realize that “going green” really is a win-win situation: not only does it help the environment, it actually saves you money. Here are a few of the ways that you can save money and the environment at the same time:
1. Buy a Fuel-efficient Car
Whether you’re buying a hybrid, a flex-fuel car, or just a regular vehicle with high fuel efficiency, you will save money on both gas and car insurance. Most insurance companies charge lower rates for fuel-efficient vehicles, and you may even qualify for a tax rebate. There is basically no reason to choose a gas-guzzler when there are so many reasons to get a fuel-saving car.
2. Reduce Your Energy Consumption
The fewer resources you use, the less you’ll pay for your monthly utility bill. At the same time, you will lower the amount of water, gas and electricity used in your home, which will help preserve those resources. Install low-flow toilets and shower heads, turn lights off when you leave the room, maintain your heating and cooling systems, and unplug appliances when you’re not using them. All of these little things can really add up to big savings.
3. Drive Less
In addition to keeping a fuel-efficient vehicle, you can reduce your emissions and save on gas by driving fewer miles each year. Take advantage of public transportation, carpool, with friends or coworkers, or bike to work whenever possible. As an added bonus, this will also help you save on auto insurance. Just let your insurer know that you are driving fewer miles each year, and they should extend a discount to you.
4. Make Your Own Food
It takes a tremendous amount of resources to grow, deliver, and prepare food that you buy. Worse, restaurants and grocery stores are notoriously wasteful. Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to eat as many home-cooked meals as you can make. This will save you money and reduce wastage. Even better, plant your own garden. After the initial purchase, you will be treated to a nearly-free source of organic food.
5. Make Things at Home
You can’t make everything at home, and you may not want to. Some products are easy to make at home, however, and they’re not laden with the chemicals found in commercial goods. For example, you can use vinegar and baking soda to clean most surfaces in the home. You can also make your own beauty products, such as using avocado or egg in hair conditioner. If you are creative and have the time, making these products can save you money while keeping chemicals out of the environment.
In most cases, saving the environment also leads to saving money. There is a simple reason for that: the fewer resources you use, the less money you spend. When you apply this philosophy of minimalism to all areas of your life, you can cut your spending and reduce the amount of waste and emissions that you produce. This is a compelling reason to go green, and you can implement it in as many or as few ways as you would like. Even a few small, simple changes can add up to a huge impact on your budget and the environment over time.
About the Author
Robert Cockrell blogs about the effects of a green, environment-friendly lifestyle, including lower car insurance costs. You can check out how going green will help you save on car insurance at carinsurance.org.uk.