Shop In Bulk. This is a biggie. Not only does it save you money, but it also reduces waste. Bring your own containers to the grocery store and fill them up with granola, nuts, rice, grains, etc. – all without using disposable plastic bags.
Turn Off Your Lights. Your parents taught you to do it, so why aren’t you still doing it? When you leave a room, turn off the lights. It’s a simple way to save money and reduce your energy use.
Carpool To Work. Don’t have public transportation nearby? How about finding a carpool to join? It saves you money, reduces wear and tear on your car, and helps you go green by reducing your carbon emissions.
Give Up Paper Towels For Good. Keep a roll around if you must, but for most things a stack of cotton or microfiber cloths work much better and can be washed and reused for years.
Turn Your Thermostat Down A Few Degrees. Just a few degrees lowers your utility bill and is barely noticeable in your home, while also reducing the amount of fossil fuels you burn.
Clean The Lint Screen In Your Dryer. This makes your dryer more efficient and doesn’t cost a dime. It also can help prevent dryer fires.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products. I have talked about this at length on the site over the years, and it’s a no-brainer at this point. Why pay big bucks for cleaning products when you can make your own at home for just pennies? Check out 23 Ways To Use Vinegar For Nontoxic Cleaning for more.
Keep Your Electronics As Long As Possible. Chances are that you don’t need a new cellphone, iPod, or computer every year – you just want one. By making your electronics last longer, you reduce the amount of e-waste in the world while also saving yourself a bucket of cash.
Purchase Items Used Rather Than New. Clothing and furniture are great items to buy used when possible. Besides, older goods are usually made better than the new stuff, so you save money, reduce waste, and will have them for longer than if you bought new.
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