People generally think that if you want to go green, you have to go all-or-nothing. This is not true! Taking small steps still makes a difference. Even if you don't prioritize going green, everyone can stand to save a few dollars.
Some of these tips cost money right now, but will save you money in the long run. For example, buying a reusable water bottle may cost you more than a plastic water bottle, but if you factor out how many plastic water bottles you buy in a year, you'll really be spending less on the reusable one.
One of the best ways to save money on your electricity and gas bills is by weather-proofing your doors and windows. The air will stay out, and your money will stay in (your wallet). You can do this by finding weather-proofing tape or metal. Home Depot has a great tutorial with the supplies you'll need if you want to do it yourself.
Another smart way to reduce your monthly bills is by hanging your clothing to dry instead of using the dryer. The dryer may be quicker and easier, but it can also damage your clothing and is the 2nd highest consumer of energy in your household! A line-dryer is much cheaper and will make your clothing last longer, which is another way you can save money.
Using LED light bulbs will not only make your home brighter, but it will lower your electricity bill. They even last longer than regular light bulbs!
Bringing your own lunch is cheaper, creates less waste and is a much healthier option. Fast food is definitely easier and requires less planning, but it ends up costing more money in the long run.
While we're on the topic of lunch... Get a lunchbox! This is much better than scrambling to find a new plastic bag every morning, and will help keep your food fresh and cold. You can even purchase reusable bags for food storage or use Tupperware instead of purchasing Ziploc bags. If you buy a lot of glass jars with sauce in them, you can put them in the dishwasher and reuse them as your to-go container!
How many reusable bags do you have laying around your house? Bring them to the grocery store next time! This way, you don't have to take the plastic bags the store provides and end up throwing them away immediately.
Need new clothes, but don't want to spend all your money on a new wardrobe? Go to the thrift store. You can find some really nice pieces, you won't break the bank, and you're not contributing to clothing waste.
Implementing these changes in your life is sure to make a positive impact on your wellbeing, wallet, and the planet. Happy Sustainable September, celebrate wisely. 🌎
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