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Going Green Without Going Broke

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Updated on Jan 26, 2012

For a moderate amount of money, you can:

  • Check the insulation in your home. A window here or an attic door there may need adjusting. And may help your monthly bills at the same time.
  • Use low-flow shower heads. Or reduce the time spent in the shower. Make it a game for your kids to see who can take the shortest shower and still get clean. Set a timer, and encourage your child to use it.
  • Install motion-activated light switches. This will eliminate the need for you to nag about turning the lights off each time the kids bound from one room to the next.

On an even the smallest budget, you can:

  • Switch to CFL bulbs. They’re about the same price as the old kind, but last longer and use less energy, saving you money.
  • Ride your bike, carpool, or use public transportation. Run errands all at the same time. Reduce the amount of time you are driving your car, no matter what you drive.
  • Turn stuff off when you aren’t using it. Lights are a no-brainer, but take a look at what else you may have plugged in – chargers, TVs, video games. Many appliances are using power when connected to the outlet, even if they aren’t on.
  • Eat local. Cutting back on the some certain food items means reducing the amount of carbon-emissions from the trucks who deliver them. This is better for your health and the environment.

Whether you want to go green to save the planet, or simply save your bank account, start small and go from there. With a few conscious changes, your family will be green before you know it.


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