Everyone is looking for ways to save money, but many people will overlook going green to save money. There is green technology and living options everywhere, ranging from eco-friendly cars to sustainable buildings. While buying a brand new green car or constructing a custom environmentally friendly house is not in the realm of possibilities for everyone, there are other green methods you can add to your daily life. Whether you decide to replace your old water heater with a more efficient and greener propane water heater or make changes in your everyday life, there are plenty of ways to save money while also going green.
Online delivery has become a staple in modern life. It is far more comfortable, cheaper, and greener to order what you need and have it delivered to your front door in a matter of days than drive to the store and buy items yourself. You will rarely find everything you need at one store, so you must make multiple stops or trips to get everything on your list. Instead of driving from store to store and then back home, you can order what you need online and have it arrive without you leaving your house. You always know where your package is as most major digital retailers have incorporated the ups time in transit API, which lets you plan deliveries, so you are never without essential products.
If you decide to go out, whether to a restaurant, store, or anything else outside your home, try to walk or bike when possible. Using your car adds to pollution, but it also costs money in gas and maintenance over time. Walking or biking somewhere is free and green, while also being excellent exercise. Your car will always be there for longer trips, but you should try walking or biking to close destinations if you can.
When you go out, you never know what you might end up buying. Instead of relying on stores to provide bags, bring a reusable bag with you. Plastic bags from stores end up in landfills and contributing to the physical waste crisis, so bring a foldable or compressible reusable shopping bag to carry your purchases home. Many stores sell reusable bags, so if you forgot your bag or don’t own one, you can buy one at checkout to keep with you in the future.
You should also grab a reusable water bottle to go with your reusable bag. Don’t waste money and create waste by buying one-time-use plastic bottles. Instead of buying a new plastic bottle every outing, or keeping a stash of them at home, buy a reusable water bottle you can keep without at home or on the go.
Everyone uses energy at home, but you may be using more energy than you need. If you can cut down on your energy usage, your monthly energy bill will go down. Using less energy involves more than just turning off the lights, as there are many green methods you can use to lower your home energy bill.
This guest post was graciously written by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer