4 Quick Ways to Live Greener and Save Money

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Going green can sound like a lot of work, but even the smallest changes in your lifestyle can make a big impact on the environment. By following these tips, not only can we help save the planet, we can save a little cash in our wallets.

Invest in Reusable Tumblers

When you treat yourself to a drink from your favorite local coffee shop, remember to take your own mug. I frequently carry one in my backpack just in case I decide I need an afternoon pick-me-up on my way to class. Not only does this help reduce the pounds of paper and plastic in landfills, it also allows me get a discount! At Starbucks you save 10 cents if you use a reusable mug or tumbler. Other coffee shops offer up to 50 cents off.

Use Reusable Water Bottles

Next time you try to buy a package of plastic water bottles, go for reusable ones instead. While it may seem easier to just get that box of 24 water bottles, they waste a lot of fossil fuels to produce and pollute the environment. Studies have shown that only one out of six will actually be recycled, while the rest of them will go to landfills. Although a reusable water bottle may initially cost you the same as two to three packs of plastic ones, eventually it will save you money since it will last much longer.

Create Reusable Shopping Bags

Unfortunately, only one percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States. In an effort to combat this problem, many grocery stores offer discounts for using reusable bags. Affordable options can be found at your local grocery store, but if you are feeling creative you can also try to decorate a plain canvas bag. I’ve also made bags out of old T-shirts. This could be a fun activity to include the kids in!

Install LED Lighting

Residential LED lighting that is Energy Star rated uses at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. This cost-effectiveness is simply undeniable.

How do you protect the environment without breaking the bank? Share your green tips with us!