Going green doesn’t have to be a selfless act – you can also save money in the process. Here are a few ways you can go green, save money, and the environment.
1. Cut down on gas
It’s not possible for everyone to stop driving, but consider driving less by carpooling, taking public transit, or walking or biking when you can. At today’s gas prices, you can save up to $1,300 a year by carpooling with a co-worker.
2. Buy energy-efficient appliances
Energy star rated appliances not only save you money on your electric bill, you can also get a rebate on many products so that they are not much more expensive than the non-energy efficient alternative.
3. User power strips
Plugging your electronics into a main power strip not only protects you from energy surges, it also lets you easily turn everything off when you’re not using them so that you can save on your electric bill.
4. Paperless billing
According to Pay It Green, a coalition of businesses encouraging paperless billing, customers who pay their bills electronically will save six pounds of paper, 23 pounds of wood and prevent the production of 29 pounds of greenhouse gases a year. On top of that, you will save money on stamps and envelopes.
5. Limit water waste
There are lots of ways to cut back on the amount of water use in your home that doesn’t significantly impact your way of life. Look around your house for leaky faucets and fix them. A leaky faucet dripping 30 drops per minute wastes 3 gallons of water per day, costing you about $20 a year. Another way to significantly limit your water waste and save money is to use low-flow showerheads. You’ll enjoy your shower just as much and enjoy the savings even more.
What are your favorite ways to go green to save a little green?
It’s time for my newest video, Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips! This is the second in a series of 5 videos filmed during my recent trip to New York City and produced by the amazing team over at Manilla. Each video covers some of the many ways we can all lead a greener life. If you missed my first video, 5 Simple Steps to a Greener Life, you can find it HERE.
Hope you enjoy!
4 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips
Conventional cleaning products are expensive and can be hazardous to your health. Not to mention the amount of paper we waste using paper towels. Green your cleaning process by following these easy eco-friendly cleaning tips.
1. Ditch your Swiffer
Single-use mop pads are expensive and wasteful. Invest in a reuseable mop with a detachable head that can be tossed in the washing machine, hung dry and used again and again.
2. Make your own cleaning products
Making your own cleaning products is simpler than it seems and requires few ingredients. The four basic staples are baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and water. If making your own products still seems like too much work, consider swapping out your current cleaning supplies with non-toxic alternatives found at health food stores as you run out.
3. Hang dry your laundry
line drying your clothing may seem antiquated, but it actually preserves the integrity of your clothing, saves you money, and uses less chemicals.
4. Stop using paper towels
For most of us, using paper towels is a habit—and habits can be hard to break. But, using reusable cloth and old linens as rags can dramatically reduce your household waste and save you up to $1,500 a year.
I don’t watch the news that often. I find most of the stories depressing and a sad commentary on the state of the world-something that I’m already well aware of. This week was a different story: on Wednesday night I watched the news from start to finish.
Let me back up for a minute before I get to why I watched the news. As many of you know I started a petition over at Change.org demanding that Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) strip a harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®. The petition went viral. Over 78,000 people signed, demanding that Procter & Gamble change the formulation of their Tide laundry detergent. After almost a year Procter & Gamble realized they could no longer ignore our concerns. Victory! Procter & Gamble agreed in a California court to reformulate its detergents to reduce levels of 1,4 dioxane by September of 2013!
Now I can tell you why I watched the news.
I received an email on Wednesday from Amalia Barreda, (a local Boston reporter shown with me in the photo above) asking if she could interview me about the Tide victory.
I remember from my last two television interviews that the turn around time was very quick. This was no different. They showed up at my doorstep in an hour an a half. Somehow I managed to pull it together by shoving a lot of stuff in cabinets and closets. My house had the outward appearance of being somewhat clean .
They came in and we began casually discussing the Tide petition. I barely noticed when the cameras started rolling.
What I loved most about this interview was the casual tone that Amalia set. It was as though we were having a friendly conversation. Her questions were insightful and clear. We spoke for a bit and then they filmed some footage of me doing my bloggy thing-working on my laptop!
Here’s the clip if you missed it. The quality isn’t fabulous for now, but hopefully you can hear most of it!
I have been shooting videos a lot over the past year. You haven’t seen any of them because I shoot the video and that’s where it ends. The editing piece just doesn’t happen. Until now.
Finally, (with the help of many) I have my first Groovy Green Livin video production! I was inspired to create a video for the Go Green Get Fit Challenge as a way to motivate all of us to get fit and stay fit. I signed on to the challenge with a group of 25+ remarkable green bloggers. Throughout the summer I’ve shared with you my trials and tribulations with barefoot running and I am working hard to reach my fitness goals before my triathlon on September 16, 2012.
Lori Popkewitz Alper, Founder and Editor of Groovy Green Livin, provides eco-wellness consulting for businesses, schools, homes and individuals; and inspiration for a greener lifestyle through her Groovy Green Livin blog and website. Read more….