Eco-Friendly Saves Money

Tree Hugger

Happy Earth Day! I’m known to be a bit of a tree hugger, as you can see in this picture from a few years ago. I’ve slacked off a little over the past few years, but I do still enjoy eco-friendly habits. One reason for this is because being eco-friendly saves money!

Old picture-goofing around at work on Earth Day a few years ago

Old picture-goofing around at work on Earth Day a few years ago

Eco-friendly habits can reduce your bills…heat, cooling, electric, gas, water, and so on. Many eco-friendly habits encourage do-it-yourself attitudes, which decreases the amount of stuff you purchase. The general mindset of reusing items discourages consumerism, which saves money.

There are a ton of eco-friendly tips that also save money but this is just a chunk of a long list…

  • Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room, and turn off outdoor lights when it’s light out.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Purchase low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • Use a programmable thermostat.
  • Unplug things when they aren’t in use.
  • Cut back on disposable items. For example, cloth napkins instead of paper, or bring your own fork to work in your lunch bag instead of using plastic forks.
  • Wash clothes in cold water.
  • Hang dry clothes. (It’s better for your clothes too!)
  • Bring your own mugs to coffee shops and bags to the store. Most places give out discounts.
  • Buy things used when possible.
  • Sell things you no longer need.
  • Use public transportation.
  • Reduce paper and never pay a late fee by using online bill pay.
  • Make DIY cleaning products out of things you probably already have, such as vinegar and baking soda.
  • Repurpose items instead of throwing them away.
  • Wear clothes a few times before washing them. (Not all items obviously, but jeans and stuff)
  • Skip the AC and open the windows!
  • Skip the lights during the day and let in the sunshine!

Like I said, these are just a few ideas…the list is endless. Comment below with your favorite eco-friendly/money-saving habits! Happy Earth Day!

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