More and more people these days are "going green"--that is, changing their lifestyle to benefit the environment. Not only can going green help the environment, but it can also help your wallet. Check out the following tips to save some green, while going green.
1. Lower your thermostat. This one simple thing can cut out a huge chunk in your energy bill. Most people have their thermostats set at temperatures much too high. Try this: in the summer, set your heater for about 78F and 68F in the winter. This helps your bills and the environment.
2. Plastic warp your windows. Most people are not aware of how much heat goes out their windows during the winter. When you start turning your heat on, take big sheets of plastic wrap (you can find them at Home Depot or Lowe's) and tape them along the edges of your window as tight as you can without tearing it. This prevents the heat from seeping through the tiny cracks between the frame and the window panes, saving you money and cutting back on the fuel used to heat your house in the first place.
3. Use Fluorescent Bulbs. Switch as many lightbulbs as you can to fluorsecent ones. You can find them basically anywhere. Fluorescent bulbs use less energy then normal bulbs, helping your wallet and the environment. Just watch and see what this does for your energy bill!
4. Unplug electronics. Leaving your computer running over night does not help your energy bills at all. If you're not using it, then what's the point in having it run and use up electricity? Simply turn it off before you go to bed. Also, some people have a habit of leaving their cellphone chargers pluged in when their phone is not even charging. Again, a waste of energy. If you're not using it then just unplug it. It's as simple as that.
5. Plant a tree. Planting a tree does more than offer landscaping ideas. Trees are responsible for making most of the oxygen we breathe everyday. In addition, they also take carbon dioxide out of the air, which is contributing to the Green House Effect. So, why wouldn't you want to plant a tree?
6. Use fans instead of A.C. Fans use a fraction of the energy that your air conditioner uses. Why crank up the A.C. to cool a room that can be cooled by simply opening a window and using a fan? To me, it just makes more sense to go with a fan instead.
7. Dry your clothes using solar energy and wind. Instead of throwing your wet clothes into the drying machine on a nice day, hang them on a clothesline outside. The sun and wind will take care of drying your clothing in only a few hours without using any energy at all. You can buy rope to make a clothesline at any hardware store.
8. Carpool. Why not get a ride from a co-worker or a student? You're going to the same place so why would you want to use twice the gas that's needed? Plus, on the highway there's always the carpool lane which can be ten times faster than the other lanes, saving you from spending countless hours stuck in traffic.
9. Recycle. I'm sure you've heard this one a million times, but seriously, you have to do it. You can recycle anything from ink cartridges to paper to glass to plastic. I have even seen a machine that will take your plastic bottles and give you money in return in several supermarkets. Find a place near you and get involved.
10. Use a cloth shopping bag. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. Plus, the ink on the bags can be toxic when it's released. Paper could be a good alternative because it is biodegradable, but half the time it's not recycled paper, so you're actually doing more harm when you use it than you think you are. Instead, use a cloth bag that you can use over and over again. Or, if your purchase is small and lightweight, carry it or put it in your purse.
There are obviously more than ten ways to help the environment and your wallet. That's where you come in. Have any ideas or suggestions? List them below to help promote a cleaner world for the next generation.