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6 Tips to Save Money by Being Green

>> Saturday, June 19, 2010

This is a guest post written by Liz C. She runs MyCCFinder, a printable coupon site helping everyone on the Internet save on a daily basis.

If you’re a fan of saving the environment like I am and you want to save your money as well, I don’t blame you! When you use green friendly products around your household, you probably don’t want to set out and pay top dollar. Instead, I want to give you a few eco-friendly tips that you can use when you’re looking to save a few bucks.

#1 Take a close look at your appliances

If you have older appliances that aren’t energy efficient and you’re thinking about getting new ones, you will want to highly consider an energy efficient appliance set, because items such as your Washer, Dryer, and many other items can save you hundreds, if not thousands over its life time.

#2 Wrap your water heater

Since being green means saving energy, you’re going to want to probably use as little of it as possible. Did you know that if you wrap your hot water heater with a specialized blanket, you can save 15-20% off your bill? If you’re going to do this, make sure you get a blanket designed for a water heater.

#3 Skip the dryer

Now, if you live in a warmer climate, you can take advantage of air drying your clothes all the time. Unfortunately, in the winter, you’re going to have no choice but to dry them inside. Invest into a $5 clothes line and dry your clothes outside to save on dryer costs. You’re saving energy and money!

#4 Create your own cleaning products

There are some cool recipes online that you can use when you’re looking to create your own eco-friendly cleaning products. Instead of buying name brands, household items such as vinegar, baking soda, and more will do the trick. Google for “eco-friendly household cleaner recipes” to see for yourself!

#5 Skip on the bottled water

Not only do those little bottled water containers hurt the environment, you’re spending too much money. Instead, you’re going to want to invest into a simply water bottle and filter. Many of these filters can filter out 500 gallons of water!

#6 Grow a garden

It doesn’t have to be huge, but you’re going to find that even if you grow a few products in your back yard, it can save you a few dollars over the summer time. It’s going to give you something to do and will help your wallet.

Sure, some of these green tips can be rather simple, but by using them, you should be able to save! Test these eco tips out and see how much you save. Not only are you going to be helping your wallet, you’re going to help the environment as well!

You might also like to read Tips for First Time Gardeners.

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3 comments:

Sofia,  said... June 19, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

Thanks for posting this! We already implement most of these ideas into our family's lifestyle, but I am beginning to feel that we need to take a much more aggressive approach. Taking small steps is better than doing nothing, for sure. But my hope is that these small steps will be the catalyst for bigger changes in the future.

I am in a place right now where I am questioning my own mentality when it comes to this issue. I just dont think we are doing enough...

Alicia,  said... June 20, 2010 at 7:10 AM  

We work hard on trying to not use the dryer as much as possible! It's crazy how much money that thing burns!!

Nicole,  said... June 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

Thanks for this post. I've been trying to go green at home, slowly, over the last couple of years. I recently got rid of my dryer and bought a collapsible clothesline from breezedryer.com. They have really great eco-friendly line drying products that are more practical than you would think.

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