You don’t have to spend a lot to go green. Advertisers and corporations want you to think that you do, but in truth it’s the exact opposite. You don’t need to buy a solar-powered house, lease a Tesla Model S, or live in the dark eating berries from your backyard. In fact, going green is not only inexpensive, but it can also help you save money and live a frugal lifestyle.
With a very small outlay of cash, you can clean up your carbon footprint like a champion. Here’s how.
Make your own safe, nontoxic, natural cleaners. You can unclog your drain with vinegar and baking soda. You can wash your windows and countertops with vinegar and the juice from lemons. You can kill mold with tea tree oil and you can buy safe alternatives to bleach. For a few bucks, you can naturally clean your entire house for the price of one or two bottled cleaners.
Stop using so much electricity. If you don’t want to buy CFL or LED bulbs for every light in your home, at least buy a few for the lights you use most. Many people prefer incandescent bulbs and have been buying them when they can find them, but eventually the supply of those is going to run out. For now, pick up a few (very) inexpensive CFL bulbs (LEDs are more pricey) and use them sparingly. The couple of dollars you spend on them will significantly cut your utility bill while lasting up to 10 times as long as “old-fashioned” bulbs. No need to run out and get new stoves, fridges, washing machines. It would be nice if we all could, but that’s not the case for most people. $10 on lightbulbs, though? Easily doable and saves a ton of money (and energy).
Grow your own food. You may consider yourself a “brown thumb” but growing your own vegetables is fun and rewarding – and very, very cheap. Packets of seeds often cost less than $1, and organic seeds are readily available should you want to go that route. Plant them in the dirt, give them some water, and chances are you will be able to replace at least some of your weekly grocery store vegetable shopping list. Plus, you get outside and get a little exercise in!
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