How much do you love the great outdoors? There’s nothing quite like that springtime sunshine peeking through winter clouds, the smell of flowers budding on a leisurely hike, or the view of a gorgeous mountain in the distance flush with trees. There’s something awe-inspiring and incredible about the world we live in every day.
That’s why it’s so important that we do our part to help preserve it. Not only does protecting our environment allow us to bask and relax in its glory, it also allows our children (and our children’s children) to do the same. We want them to have a chance to adore the great beauty that is clean mountains, beaches, streams, and ice caps.
Preserving our environment starts with going green. But it can be daunting to change your lifestyle habits – particularly when reusable items are more expensive than disposables, solar energy isn’t cheap, and eating organic costs more than the alternative.
However, we’re here to tell you that it is possible to go green on a budget – in fact, there are many ways in which changing your habits to protect the environment will actually save you money! Read on for green tips that build up your bank account.
- Grow your own fruits and veggies. Planting a garden is an investment in seeds, fertilizer, and soil – yes. But the amount of fresh produce you receive in the long run is well worth it! Imagine a summer when you hardly ever need to go to the grocery store… all the greens, summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and berries you need are right in your backyard. If you have a big space, you can even sell excess produce outside your home for a few dollars to score a bit of cash.
- Drink tap water. Bottled water – at an average of $1 per bottle – is expensive. Those bottles also take a ton of energy to produce and ship to grocery stores, and are then either landfilled or recycled – using even more energy. A solution? Buy a filter and drink local tap… it’s nearly free and tastes just as good. Plus, oftentimes the bottled water you purchase is just tap water concealed in plastic – fill up a reusable bottle to save serious energy and waste.
- Invest in reusable, quality items that last. Yes, there’s a slight upfront cost to buying a reusable water bottle or bag. But it lasts so much longer than disposables and the cost is just one-time, meaning you don’t need to factor in years of consistent costs to purchase bottled water, napkins, paper towels, etc. Its also a good idea to invest in quality clothing, bedding, kitchen tools, and all items you can find around the house – the higher the quality, the longer they’ll last, and the less likely it is that you’ll need to shell out money to replace them in the years to come.
- Eat vegetarian (even if its just a few days a week). Meat and fish are expensive, especially when you’re eating them every day. Opt for veggie-based meals a few times a week to save some serious dough. Beans, eggs, tofu, and chickpeas serve as protein-packed bases that are very affordable (and delicious!).
- Make your own cleaning supplies. Many typical household cleaners contain toxics that can end up in our waterways and environment. They also come in disposable plastic bottles that waste energy and end up in our landfills. Making your own cleaning supplies is easy (baking soda and lemon anyone?) and they tend to work just as well as your traditional store-bought varieties. It’s also much cheaper to do so,and will save you money needed to purchase cleaners, wipes, and disposable towels.
There you have it! It’s easy to save money while greening your world. How will you start?