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How to Save Money by Being Green— 9 Tips

How to Save Money by Being Green— 9 Tips

Living an energy frugal life, or say, being green, does not mean you should become a radical environmentalist. To many people, being green is just a matter of common sense. If you are considering living a green life, what you need is just some small changes in your lifestyle. You will able to save some money and also help reduce the wastes and the consumption of non-renewable energy. Even if you care little about economic conditions and political belief, being green to save money by not being wasteful is always what you should do. Here are some quick tips to spark your idea.

1. Change the light bulbs.

Switch the incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which can help save 60 percent in electricity on bulbs and has longer life. When the CFL is broken, dispose it properly and safely—there are hazardous materials inside.

2. Wrap up the water heater.

By wrapping up the water heater, you can successfully prevent the heat loss and keep the appliance at its peak efficiency. You can save money by using the water heater at lower temperature so that it can run less and last longer.

3. Weatherize the house.

Caulk and seal the windows and doors or install weather stripping. Don’t allow the heat loss during winter the prevent heat from getting inside during summer. You will cut the costs on utilities by keep your house at the right temperature and reducing the heating and cooling of appliances. Don’t forget to install a carbon monoxide detector in the house so that you will not seal the house too much.

4. Install digital thermostat and motion sensors.

The digital thermostat helps you program the control of setting at the correct temperature and turning down the operation when you are out for work or school. The motion sensors are particularly helpful when you have kids that always forget to switch off lights. These two devices are all helpful to save on electricity and wear of appliances.

5. Maintain your vehicle regularly and take advantage of other transportation.

You should do the maintenance for your car on a regular basis and change the air filter, fuel filter, and air tire in time. The regular maintenance makes your car last longer and consume less gas; hence you save both on gasoline and repair costs. If possible, you can also consider hop on a bus or participate in a carpool to save more money and energy. If possible, you can even ride a bike to work so you also get some exercise, which potentially save you in future medical expenses.

6. Opt for cold water washing.

When you do the laundry work, you can consider opting for the cold water washing and line drying. By changing to cold water washing, you can save up to 80 percent of the energy and line drying has no cost and helps preserve clothing wear. Or you can use a laudromat when possible since a laudromat often has efficient commercial front-loading machines that can save money.

7. Use newer appliances and unplug them when not in use.

Some newer appliance or electronic, for example, a new model of laptop, is more efficient compared with the old ones. When you are shopping for new appliances, look for the Energy-star rating which saves utility costs. And if you have some appliances or lights not in use, please unplug them because these appliances use power adapter or little black box which also consumes electricity even when not in use.

8. Buy used stuffs.

Whenever possible, buy something used unless the energy cost is a concern. From the angle of saving money and preventing items from being tossed into landfill, it is still a good idea to buy used and functioning items. You can check on Freecycle or Craigslist for more information.

9. Collect rainwater for watering.

Use barrels to collect rainwater and store them for watering flowers and plants. Rainwater is good for plants and flowers because it has more nitrogen and is free to use.

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