How to: Individuals and Families Can Go Green Efficiently on a Budget

How to: Individuals and Families Can Go Green Efficiently on a Budget

How to Get Your Family and an Individual Everyday People, to Go Green Efficiently & Effectively using an Affordable Budget

Many individuals and families have the idea that going green has to be expensive. While you may want to work on preserving the environment and saving the earth, the idea of “green living” may make you get a vision of your hard-earned money slipping away. The good news is that going green does not have to be expensive. In fact, there are many ways that you can go green efficiently, even when you are on a tight budget.

 

Here are some helpful tips you can follow to go green efficiently without making your bank account scream in agony.


Save Energy By Checking the Thermostat

  1. Green living does not have to cost you. In fact, you can actually save money by saving energy.
  2. Start by checking your thermostat.
  3. A huge part of your energy costs probably come from your cooling and heating bills.
  4. According to SheKnows.com (http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/821044/Going-green-on-a-budget), turning down the thermostat five degrees during the winter can save a huge amount of energy.
  5. You will reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint, at the same time.
  6. During the summer, setting that thermostat up to at least 78 degrees F, will save on cooling costs significantly.

Using a Thermostat to Go Green


Reduce the Amount of Water You Use

How Much Water Do We Use? via the EPA WaterSense Program

Photo Credit: EPA.gov http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/indoor.html

  1. Another way that individuals and families can go green on a budget is to reduce the amount of water used each day.
  2. TheDailyGreen.com (http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/community-news/college-green-55100102) notes that you can reduce the amount of CO2 being sent into the air by 1,000 pounds, when you shave a couple minutes off your shower time.
  3. You will conserve water and use less electricity, to heat it up.
  4. Water usage can be reduced, by turning off the water, while you are brushing your teeth.
  5. Washing dishes by hand in a sink full of water, instead of using your dishwasher, can also reduce the amount of water your family uses. If you do run the dishwasher, make sure it is as full as possible.
  6. The Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program at EPA.gov (http://www.epa.gov/watersense/about_us/facts.html) states, that the average American family of 4, uses 400 gallons of water per day. On average, approximately 70% of that water is used indoors, with the bathroom being the largest consumer.
Statistics on Replacing Faucets Aerators Infographic from WaterSense via EPA.gov

Photo Credit: EPA.gov http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/indoor.html

United States Environmental Protection Agency


Get Light From the Sun and Solar

  1. Instead of turning on lights, getting your light from the sun when possible can be a budget friendly way to go green.
  2. Open up the blinds or curtains during the day, to allow the sun to light your home up naturally.
  3. You can save a huge amount of energy, by using the light from the sun, instead of turning lights on within your home.
  4. You do not have to spend a dime to enjoy all the free light from the sun.
  5. Solar energy provides one of the most important break-through technologies since the light bulb. If you can afford it, putting solar panels on the roof of your home, can not only cut your bill down to nothing, but actually get you paid. Whenever a person does not use up the amount of energy created, it gets sent back into the smart energy grid, and the owner can either get credited towards, they’re next bill, or can get paid for energy created. Tax breaks and rebates will never be higher, than they are right now, within the United States of America. The time to act is now.

Save Energy using Sun and Solar Powered Technology


Walk When You Can

  1. Instead of driving, walk whenever you can.
  2. While a hybrid or green car can cost quite a bit of money, walking will help you to reduce your carbon footprint, save you money on gas and even help you improve your health.
  3. Although, you may not be able to walk everywhere, walking on short trips can make a big difference.
  4. Once your used to walking around more, you’ll even start parking further away from the store, and get extra exercise, which can be contagious and inspire others. A person who exercises more, is more likely to care about the environment and living green, then someone who does not exercise. This is, probably, due to the fact that one person simply cares more about themselves and life, and the other doesn’t.


Stop Using Bottled Water

Green Planet Water Bottle Made Out of Vegetable Oil

A Green Planet water bottle, made from vegetable oil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. If you are spending money on bottled water, you are wasting money and doing something that is bad for the environment.
  2. Stop using the bottled water, and then go with a tap water filter or a whole home filter.
  3. You can also purchase pitchers, that filter the water for you.
  4. While you will make a small investment in the beginning, it’s cheaper than purchasing bottled water in the long run.
  5. You will also stop creating all the plastic waste, which helps save the environment.

How to Conserve Water to Help Go Green on a Budget

 


Dry Clothing Outdoors

Dry Clothes Instead of Washing to Go Green on a Budget

  1. Drying clothing outdoors makes them smell great, but it also offers you a budget friendly way, to go green.
  2. Whenever you can, let the sun do the drying for you, which will save a significant amount of energy in your home, according to Botany.org (http://botany.org/PlantTalkingPoints/CO2andTrees.php).
  3. Since, you will be saving energy, this tip will help you go green and save some money, and we all could save additional funds!

 


With these tips, both individuals and families can go green without worrying about overextending their budget.

In fact, many of these tips will help save you money, as well as the environment!


How to Make Individuals and Families Go Green Efficiently on a Budget

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This post was written by:

Whitney Segura - who has written 2 posts on EarthCare Greenhouse Gardening Advice Blog.

Whitney Segura is an owner and acting CMO at EarthCare, he is an expert gardener, green activist, and featured author at many greenhouse & garden publishers. Whitney is well known across the web for his expertise and loyal following, within the gardening community. Follow him on Twitter @GardeningFun, LinkedIn, or on Google +.

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3 Responses to “How to: Individuals and Families Can Go Green Efficiently on a Budget”

  1. Sandra Owens Says:

    “Great post Whitney, I think it’s important to educate and encourage the world, to live a greener lifestyle, in addition to saving resources in all forms, money included. Money by itself, should be enough of a reason for everyone to employ a few of the tips, that you have given.”

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  2. Greg Johnson Says:

    I absolutely love green advocates, especially those who can do it well, and Whitney you are among those few people who promote green lifestyles in the proper manner. Again, you guy’s have given some really awesome references within the post.

    I am a big fan of the Carbon Footprint Calculator tool you listed above @ http://www.Nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/, it allows regular people to easily see how they can live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, while saving real money. That’s just awesome, period.

    Keep up the good work,
    – Greg J.

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  3. Marion Says:

    Go green! It does not have to be expensive! Right! It’s all natural. It’s around us everyday. It just a matter of choice. For example the use of sunlight as light and drying our clothes. It’s basic and natural. We just need to be determined and practical to have a green lifestyle.

    Green living is what we need to save our environment and help our future generation to let them experience the gifts of nature : clean air, clean water and healthy environment.

    Thanks Whitney for this wonderful post and for campaigning for the green living advocacy!

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