Alright, who’s ready for some more tips on how to save money going green? Well, I’m ready to give them to you, so let’s get started!
- Fix those leaks in the bathroom and kitchen- If your toilet is running, if faucets are dripping, they’re costing you money, and they’re wasting lots of water. I could bore you with how much water ONE drip over a certain amount of wastes, but I won’t. I’m just going to say to fix them all, and then sit back and notice the difference. This is something you should be able to do yourself, but if not, it’s a good excuse to beg your boyfriend, a cute handyman, or whoever to come over and help you with.
- Buy a hemp shower curtain– How often do you have to replace your plastic shower curtains? In my experience, they don’t really hold up. You can take a hemp shower curtain down and wash it when necessary, but other than that, they require little maintenance and they are much better for the environment. If you absolutely have to have the plastic liner, get a higher quality one, and help to expand the lifespan of it by making sure to always close the curtain when getting out of the shower, and to keep it clean.
- Save old tattered towels and t-shirts for cleaning- This will help eliminate wasteful paper towels.
- Wash laundry in cold water, and only full loads– This helps eliminate water waste, and electricity or gas to heat the water. AND, most laundry detergents are formulated to work great in cold water now! If you really want to go eco-friendly, you can try out some great new laundry detergents that are great for the environment. Or comment and I’ll email you a recipe to make your own laundry detergent!
- Keep your fridge full– Did you know that it takes more electricity to keep an empty fridge cool than it does to keep a fully stocked fridge cool? So go grocery shopping now!
- Use your microwave and toaster oven– This is just common sense… It takes much less electricity to run a microwave or toaster oven than it does to warm up an oven and heat something up in it.
- Turn the oven off early– When you’re cooking, you can turn the oven off several minutes early and your food will keep on cooking while you save money!
- Use the dishwasher– The ultimate lazy move is sometimes the greenest! Don’t bother rinsing the dishes, just load them in the dishwasher and let it handle your dirty work (you know, while you kick back and read my awesome blog to get more great ideas!). Just make sure to turn off the drying option and open that bad boy up later to let your dishes air dry, or towel dry them and put them away.
- Take advantage of natural light from windows– Instead of turning on a light, open your windows and blinds and let mother nature give you some light to get around or read a book.
- Install dimmer switches– If you own your own home, or if your landlord doesn’t mind, it’s really easy to install dimmer switches, and you would be surprised at how they can pay for themselves over time, as you can generally cut your light usage in half!
Check back later for more awesome green ideas and comment with the ones you plan to put to use!