The COVID-19 crisis has put a lot of people in financial trouble. Millions are unemployed, furloughed, or stuck at home. Many more are working long, hard hours from their homes. If you’re among the many trying to find ways to save money, going green can actually benefit your pocketbook. There are a lot of cheap and easy ways that you can help save the planet and your bank account
Reusable Water Bottles
One of the best and easiest ways to go green is to cut back on the amount of packaging and plastic you throw away. The best way to do that is to switch from plastic water bottles to a reusable water bottle. Now, water bottles can become quite expensive if you look, but usually, you can find some good ones at a dollar store that you can use to save money and save the planet by using less plastic. Depending on where you live, you may need to buy a water filter to drink tap water. Or you can start buying larger jugs of water to fill from. Either way, you’ll end up saving money in the long-run.
If you really want to save money, starting a vegetable garden is a great start, especially in spring when you’re likely to get returns on certain produce rather quickly. However, if you just don’t have a green thumb, you can go green and save on food by buying and consuming less meat. Livestock accounts for nearly a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, but don’t worry, you don’t have to cut it out completely. Going meatless just a couple times a week can have a huge impact on both your wallet and the planet. You can also start composting your food waste, instead of sending it to landfills.
Heating and Cooling Costs
Did you know that heating can make up to 42% of your utility bill? You can change that by making super easy fixes. Put caulk and weather-stripping around your windows and doors to prevent your heat from escaping. To save further on heating costs, pull out all of your blankets and sweaters before turning up the heat. During the summer, open windows and turn on fans to cool off rather than using the air conditioner. Your kids may not thank you but your wallet will.
Electricity isn’t always expensive but depending on how it’s generated, it may be harmful to the environment. If you can switch to a company that uses wind or solar energy. If you can’t do that, you can save a lot of money and help the environment if you keep lights off as much as possible and use natural light. You can also try unplugging electronics at night and remember to not leave devices charging all night. Appliances like washers and dryers should be used at their coldest settings and dishwashers should always be run as full as possible.
In general, going green is pretty inexpensive and can actually help you save money. And right now everyone could use a little extra money in their pocket.