Last year I wrote 5 Frugal Ways to be Green, and although that is a great post with simple ways to help save money and the environment, I’ve learned a lot in the past year about saving our cash, while being eco-friendly.
So, here are 11 MORE ways to help you save GREEN:
1. Compost. This is a biggie- because it takes recycling to the next step. Not only is it cutting down on your household waste, but it is producing organic soil to help you save in your garden and/or lawn. Read more about how it can save you Here.
2. Eat less meat. We have started to eat more vegetarian meals, which not only cuts down on the cost of the meal, but it is also eco-friendly.
“It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.”
4. Buy in season. We get so used to the ability to buy whatever we want WHEN we want, that we don’t always ask what is best. Buying fruits and vegetables in season doesn’t just help the environment by cutting down on the carbon footprint, but it can also save you money.
The best way to save green here is to shop your local Farmer’s Market- you’ll find what is the freshest (and most nutritious), but you’ll also cut down on that massive carbon footprint from shipping goods across the world.
5. Cook from scratch, and ditch pre-packaged goods. This is one that I’m still working on, but not only is cooking homemade healthier (you know exactly what is in your food) but it also contains less packaging that will just end up in the trash.
6. Carpool or use alternative transportation. I realize this tip isn’t for everyone, but have you ever thought about it? Gas, oil, and just plain car maintenance can really add up- AND what is it doing to the environment? Finding a carpool, riding the bus, or just telecommutting can help reduce these costs.
7. Use Real Dishes. Not only are paper plates a land-fill addition, but they are an extra cost that you don’t need. If you buy quality dishes, you’ll be able to use them again and again- without worrying about what it is doing to the environment or your pocket book.
8. Go paperless. Do you pay your bills online? Why waste all that paper when you can do it faster and more efficiently online. You can even cut down on the amount of junk mail that you receive. Find out more ways Here.
9. Wash cold. No, I don’t mean in the shower (although shorter showers can help save water, too), but rather washing your clothes in cold water. This is something I have done for years, not necessarily because I was being eco-friendly, but because it is less harsh on your clothes.
“If all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day.”
10. Stop rinsing the dishes. Put your dishes in the dishwasher without rinsing and save up to 20 gallons of water with each load! Imagine the amount of water (and money) you could save in a year.
11. Plant a tree. Ok, so you may have to spend a little money up front, but not only are you making the air a little greener, but you can also plant a fruit tree, which would eventually produce for you. (Picture to the left is my new key lime tree!)
Ok, now it is YOUR turn- what other frugal ways are you green? What works for your family? I’d love to hear!