4 Ways to be Eco-Friendly and Budget-Conscious

By Monica Cisneros Heyne, April 14, 2014, Green, Save Money

4 Ways to be Eco-Friendly and Budget-ConsciousMost consumers aspire to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and reduce their impact on the environment; however, there is a common misconception that being green costs more money and is inconvenient. As it turns out being eco-friendly and budget-conscious do not have to be mutually exclusive. Here are 4 tips from Bounce Energy to get you inspired as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.

1) Plant a garden. It’s nowhere near as complicated, pricey, or time-consuming as it sounds. We’ve written a few posts about gardening in the past that can help you. You can also remove pesticides from your food and lighten your carbon footprint. The next time you are at the grocery store, take a look at where your produce comes from. Depending on where you live and the time of year, much of the produce you eat might have traveled thousands of miles to reach your plate.

2) Try Alternative Forms of TransportationAccording to the US Environmental Protection Agency, mobile sources (e.g., cars, airplanes, trains) are the primary source of air pollution in urban areas. With gas prices, the number of people living farther from work, and traffic congestion all on the rise, our daily commute is having an impact on our wallet and the environment.

Try using an alternative form of transportation: walk, bike, or carpool.

  • Walking and biking are not only healthier for you and the environment, but they can also save you cold hard cash on gas prices, auto repairs, and that pesky gym membership.
  • To further ease your environmental impact, try sharing a ride. Carpooling is an easy and effective way to save money and reduce your carbon load and potentially save you time by giving you access to the High Occupancy Vehicle Lane.

3) Skip Commercial Cleaning Products. Commercially available cleaning products are designed to kill germs, but they also contain a lot of chemicals that can cause health issues and tend to be expensive. Save money and be eco-friendly with these easy, homemade cleaning solutions.

  • All-Purpose Cleaner to disinfect kitchen counters and appliances: Mix ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, a teaspoon of dish soap and 3 cups of water in a spray bottle
  • Glass Cleaner: Mix 1.5 cups of vinegar with 1.5 cups of water in a spray bottle
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner: Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, ½ of vinegar and 2 cups of water

4) Buy Secondhand. Even if a product isn’t specifically eco-friendly, buying it second-hand is still better than buying new for the environment because you are using existing resources. According to the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste, 14.3 million tons of textiles were thrown away in 2012, which accounts for almost 6% of all the solid waste in the system. Buying second hand clothes means you are saving it from a landfill and it gives you an opportunity to discover great clothes at a discount. If you shop at consignment stores or thrift stores affiliated with an organization such as Goodwill, take pleasure in knowing that you are supporting their public service-organization.

This April, look into ways that you can become both eco-friendly and budget-conscious in your home and life. You’ll benefit the earth and your pocketbook.

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