Every year around Earth Day we all think about different ways we can help the planet and go green. People really want to save money too! Here are some tips on how to make green changes that will also help your wallet.
Use cloth napkins. I have personally gone 16 months without purchasing paper napkins, it is not hard. You can go super green and make them out of old table cloths that have stains on them or use small dish towels.
Use old t-shirts as rags. Stop using paper towels as much as you can. Every roll you do not buy will save.
Shorter showers. Save money on your utility bill and your water bill. It is that simple.
Wash your dishes in the dishwasher when the dishwasher is full and do not rinse with water. Rinsing does not do anything but waste water. Scrap your dishes into the garbage but beyond that you have done your part.
Make your own cleaning products. American can spend anywhere from $5-20 per month on cleaning products. If you make your own using the recipes listed here you will save almost the entire amount ($4-$19 savings)
Grow more of your own food. Not everything, that is not possible for most people, but plant lettuce, herbs, veggies (especially squash, they are easy to grow and can be the base for a whole meal).
Eat less meat. Meat is expensive and as we know destructive to the environment so make more vegetarian meals.
Have your friends over to your house for dinner. You can make the entire dinner or make it potluck. It you have a good set of friends you can rotate house each week. It saves money from going to a bar or the movies.
Walk more It sounds easy but really if you use your car less you are using less gas and not abusing your car saving you lots of money. You also get the added benefit of exercise. If you cannot completely cut out using your car. Most of us cannot give up driving completely but group your activities together so that you can run and do them all at once.
Use the library. It is such an amazing money saver to use the library. If you take out even two books you would have considered buying you will save at least $35 per year. Each book is at least $17 so each book you take out saves you more and more. Some library’s also rent movies for free and you can read your favorite magazines while you are there!!
Buy a water bottle. I prefer glass and stainless steel bottles, they are easy to take with you everywhere and saves you from having to purchase a drink when you grab a meal to go or just save you from purchasing water because you are thirtsy. Once you get used to carrying it around you will save a lot of money.
Hang your clothes to dry. If you do not use your dryer you do not use electricity or gas (depending on your dryer)!
What other tips did I miss that save you money and are green?