If you’re considering going green, the planet and its inhabitants (animal, vegetable, and mineral) thank you. By the way, so will your bank account! As you pursue green living, you’ll find that saving money and saving resources have a lot in common. Here are a few tips to get you started.
How to Go Green and Save Green
Use fewer disposable household items
- Opt for glass or metal utensils instead of plastic.
- Use your dishes instead of paper disposables.
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
- Clean with old rags instead of paper towels.
- Use glasses instead of plastic bottles.
- Supply your own coffee mug. Many coffee shops offer discounts for bringing your own container.
Use less electricity
- Switch off the lights and unplug electronics when not in use.
- Set the thermostat to optimize use in summer and winter months.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
- Invest in a solar battery charger for personal devices.
Use locally available produce
- Buying fresh, local produce uses far fewer resources than buying at the market.
- Take advantage of your local farmer’s market. Buying locally saves on interstate transportation fuel costs, enhances air quality, and encourages local agriculture as well as your local economy.
- Produce from local markets may or may not be certified organic and others may be on their way to becoming certified. The process is rigorous and takes three years. Make an effort to support farmers who are going to the expense and effort to become USDA Certified Organic.
Going green could positively impact your budget. As you change your habits and way of thinking, you’ll see that green living is all about saving resources. When there is less waste, it saves money. Simple!
Looking for more ideas about transitioning to green living? Please contact us for more tips and tricks or to learn more about how Western National Property Management makes green living a way of life.