People often mistake eco-friendly lifestyle as an expensive one, difficult and think that you need to have dreadlocks, armpit hair or something like that. Well, that’s wrong. Eco-friendly lifestyle can be cheap, and often save you more money than you think by simply following some easy eco-friendly tips. Difficult? Well nothing is easy until you start taking it seriously. Also your looks have got nothing to do with eco-friendly lifestyle. You can still keep your own taste of clothes, hair and everything else.
When it comes to difficulties about living an eco-friendly lifestyle, we are not saying that it is the easiest thing to do. But what makes it difficult? People often start their journey towards a green life, and try to do all the switches and the stuff at once. That is a big no no. When you start doing everything at once, it will be so difficult and you won’t be able to keep up with all the stuff at once. Eventually you’ll get tired and think that what you are doing is taking a lot of your time and is not worth it. That’s why you have to go green step by step. I mean, it doesn’t have to be exactly one step at a time, but definitely not all the stairs.
Another thing people often mistake is that living an eco-friendly lifestyle requires a high amount of money. We can tell you that it is not true. Of course organic foods, hybrid cars and some stuff cost more than their conventional counterparts but in overall you don’t have to be rich. Actually when you decide to go for a green life, not only you don’t have to spend a lot of money, but you get to save money too. In this article, we are going to tell you some eco-friendly tips that you get to save money, and there are plenty of ways to do that.
1. Use cloth napkins
Except that cloth napkins are way more durable, ditching disposable napkins will save you plenty of money over the years. Also, it will reduce your trash output, which means less energy will be used for transporting and processing the waste you make.
2. Cook at home
When it comes to eco-friendly tips, we can tell you that cooking at home saves you a big amount of money and also uses fewer resources than dining out. Even though what we eat is usually more important than how it is cooked, eating food that is wrapped up in plastic and cardboard packaging, and shipped to your local supermarket requires a lot of energy. In the end, the best meals are the meals you do yourself.
3. Eat less meat
Eating a lot of meat means you are spending a lot of money. What’s more is that 70% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed to raise cows, and meat production results in way more carbon emissions than any other protein. It doesn’t mean to go fully vegan if you can’t, but learning how to prepare some delicious vegan meals it will save you money, and the environment.
4. Don’t waste food
One of the biggest problems today is food waste. 40% of food in America gets thrown away which means 40% of all the gases released by agriculture, food transport, and other things don’t have to exist. The biggest amount of waste is seen in supermarkets and restaurants, but by buying only what you need (for example buy two apples instead of a bag), or freezing leftovers you get to save money.
5. Get a reusable water bottle
A lot of people think tap water is bad for you. Let us tell you something. It is completely safe to drink tap water in America. Keeping a nice, BPA-free reusable water bottle with you is a big money saver. The average American spends $260 per year on bottled water. A reusable one is much cheaper.
6. Change your light bulb
One of the best ways to save money is by replacing your light bulb with a CFL which means “compact fluorescent light”. They’re more expensive upfront but they use a quarter of the energy and last 10 times longer so at the end using a CFL is cheaper and better.
7. Unplug appliances
You may find it difficult to believe it but even when turned off and left plugged in, appliances use what it is called “phantom energy” (the energy used by appliances and electronics when they are turned off but still plugged into a power outlet). Next time when devices like routers, computers, television, etc are not in use then unplug them. By following this practice you may end up saving a few bucks and a little bit of energy. For someone, it may be hard to believe this, but trust us, it is bad for the environment.
8. Borrow stuff
Before you make a big purchase think how often will you really use it. Whether it is a ladder, leaf blower or something else, don’t buy it if you won’t really need it, borrow it. If you don’t know anyone that might help you in finding the stuff you need, there are plenty of websites, like Freecycle that help people borrow, rent, or just take whatever they might need.
9. Take fast showers
We all love the nice feeling of getting a hot shower, but five minutes is really all you and I need. By shortening your shower by only one minute, you save nearly a thousand gallons of water every year, which means you get to save some money by lowering your water bill.
10. Get insulated
Uninsulated homes don’t just lose heat and cool air, they’re also wasting energy and money, two things we should keep an eye on! Up front, the cost can seem hefty, but like most things, the benefits come over time. It might even take a few years to make back the installation cost, but the reduced energy expenditure means your carbon footprint (and energy bill) will start reducing immediately.
It will save you a lot of gas and a lot of money. Also fewer carbon emissions. On top of that, you’ll get to have a great time with your friends.
12. Line-dry your clothes
This is one of the easiest eco-friendly tips to actually do. Line-dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. It will save you money and energy. You will save approximately 85$ per year.