How to Go Green and Save Green: Tips for Saving Money by
1. Reuse plastic water bottles
While we don't normally advocate drinking bottled water in the first
place, if you're going to drink it, or if you just recently kicked the
habit and are trying to find a creative way to reuse all those plastic
bottles that are laying around, there are many projects, both crafty
and practical, that will enable you to do so. You can make your own
holiday decorations out of plastic bottles. Or you can help your kids
build a "bottle tornado" or terrarium display out of 2-liter soda
bottles. See our article on "How to Reuse Plastic Water Bottles"
for an extensive list. If none of these projects are of interest to
you, you can always fall back on recycling as the final option.
(Remember, though, there is an order to the phrase: "reduce, reuse,
recycle.") By reusing plastic bottles, however, you can save money on
practical household items by making them yourself, instead of buying
them from a store.
2. Drink filtered water
Filtered water is not only better on the planet. It's easier on your
wallet. Think of how much money you'll save each year by purchasing a
reusable water filter system, whether it's
a Brita pitcher, a faucet filter, a refrigerator water filter or a
complex reverse osmosis system for the
removal of fluoride, it's less expensive than buying single-use plastic
bottles. A reusable stainless steel water bottle
can be refilled easily. If you just can't seem to curb your bottled
water addiction, you can bottle your own water right from the kitchen,
with a Filtrete Water Station.
3. Invest in quality furnace filter and change them regularly
Changing your air filters on a regular basis
improves the efficiency of your HVAC system, saving you money on energy
costs. It's also important to consider quality, when purchasing an air
filter. A typical fiberglass filter may cost less in the short-run, but
because they are not very efficient at trapping small particles (or
large ones, for that matter), it could end up costing you thousands in
HVAC repairs in the long run. It is best to invest in an electrostatic
filter with a high MERV raiting. For more information on this, check
out our $2,000 Premium Fiberglass Air Filter.
And be careful not to click on, "Add to Cart," or you might regret it.
4. Carpool, walk, bike, or use public transportation
Gas prices seem to be on the rise, continuously. Why not save money on
fuel by carpooling or taking the bus for those longer-distance trips.
Or if your job is close to home, perhaps you can even walk or ride your
bicycle. Reduce emissions while keeping your wallet fat.
5. Stop using disposable products
Disposable plates, napkins, paper towels, and flatware can cost you
hundreds annually (or even thousands, if you have a large family.) Yes,
it might be easier than having to wash dishes, but that's what a
dishwasher is for. (See #8.) Reusable cloth napkins, stainless-steel
flatware and porcelain dishes will save you money, and you can feel
good about doing something positive for the environment.
6. Eat out less
Eating out involves driving to the restaurant (which uses gas), paying
extra money for food, and probably taking the leftovers home in a
styrofoam container that's not biodegradable. Bad for the planet and
for your wallet.
7. Shop local and organic, whenever possible
People say that eating healthy costs more. But if you think about it,
the benefits outweigh the costs. A good diet boost immunity,
potentially saving you thousands in doctor's bills later in life.
Supporting local, sustainable farmers is also better for the
environment than eating processed foods that are packaged and shipped
around the country.
8. Save water
There are many ways to conserve water in your home. For instance,
instead of washing dishes by hand, which uses more water and more
energy, use your dishwasher with the energy efficient settings turned
on.You can also install a low-flow showerhead and make a conscious
effort to take shorter showers. Showering in lukewarm water is not only
better for your skin - it will keep down costs associated with your
water heater. And, lastly - flush the toilet less, if you can. It's not
necessary to flush after every single use; conserving water in this way
will also help cut down the amount of your monthly water bill.
9. Make your own cleaning supplies
You can easily make your own non-toxic household cleaning supplies with
four simple, readily-available, inexpensive ingredients: lemons, baking
soda, vinegar and soap. Do the research. There are plenty of recipes
10. Use a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save
you up to 33 percent annually on your energy costs, when used
correctly. Some thermostats have 7-day advanced programming
capabilities; if you go on vacation, you can turn it off and set it to
turn back on the day before you arrive home. More advanced models can
even help dehumidify your air. Though it may cost a lot up front, just
like quality furnace filters, a
programmable thermostat is worth the investment.
Here are some links to other websites that offer great tips for saving
money and going green:
"10 Ways to Go Green
and Save Green" -
"10 Ways to Go Green
and Save Money at the
Same Time" - Wisebread: Living Large on a Small Budget
"30+ Surprising Ways
to Save Money By Going
Green" Picture Slideshow - The Daily Green
Saving Your Money and the Planet
"Save the Planet, and
Save Some Money, Too" - MSNBC