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How to Live Green on a Budget

By Edited Mar 31, 2016 1 4

It is one thing to talk about living green and caring for our environment, however, some oftentimes find it quite difficult to do so especially under so many economic and financial constraints. For the work at home mom, or the struggling college student who live paycheck by paycheck, you don't have to be a millionaire to live green on a budget. While you may not be able to necessarily afford an entire pantry of organic food, or construct an alternate fuel source on your own, there are many simple things that you can do today in order to immediately better your environment. Fortunately, by doing these simple things not only can you help better your environment by living green on budget, but you can also incur great financial benefit and reward in the long term for taking these necessary actions.

Because living green can oftentimes save you a lot of money, you should definitely consider doing some of the following things. By making these actions routine, while instilling this good care and environmental stewardship in your children, you can also help to foster a future generation that isn't so inclined to over consuming our most precious resources. Going green starts in the home, and, yes, you can do it no matter how strict your budget is.

Things You Will Need

Cold water, rather than hot water, to wash your clothes.
Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Thick Lined Curtains

Step 1

Rather than using steaming hot water to clean your clothes, you can revert to colder water to do the same thing. This doesn't mean that you have to use freezing cold water, however, the colder the water is that you use, the more likely you are to see a positive downward fluctuation in your next energy bill. For years now, people have subscribed to the notion that their wash water has to be nearing boiling temperatures in order for their clothes to be best cleaned effectively. This does appeal to some logical sense; however, modern detergents still work very well even when your clothes are washed at much lower temperatures. By cleaning your clothes in colder water, not only will you be using less energy, but you'll be saving significant amounts of money in the long term.

Step 2

After you wash your clothes, you can save a significant amount of energy by simply allowing your clothing to dry naturally. While it may take a little longer for your clothes to dry, than had you actually used your tumble dryer, you can certainly see some financial benefits from doing this especially when you consistently do it over the course of a year. Unless you have an important appointment and need your clothes right away, drying your clothes naturally is really a great alternative that can only benefit you, and the environment, in the long run.

Step 3

Generally, taking a bath uses greater amounts of water. While this may not be the case for some people who take hour long showers, by choosing to take showers, instead of baths, you can definitely save quite a bit of water. Doing this doesn't necessarily mean that you have to cut out baths altogether; however, you can still use them as an occasional treat, at the end of your work week. Ultimately, the less baths you and your family take, the more in water you will save, and the happier you will be when your water bill finally arrives.

Fortunately, many people prefer showers over baths anyway. If you do enjoy baths more, simply lessening the amount of baths you take, over the course of a week, can really incur great benefit to you in the long run.

Step 4

Energy saving light bulbs are available just about anywhere from Home Depot to Lowe's Hardware and Supply Stores, and they are getting cheaper and cheaper to purchase. Doing this doesn't mean you have to go out and replace all your regular light bulbs right away, however, you can wait until they blow to replace them with these energy saving light bulbs. Creating your own light bulbs, or otherwise a highly effective magnetic power system, is something that thousands of people have been doing lately and this can aid in dramatically reducing your energy bills by thousands.

Step 5

By purchasing and installing thick lined curtains over your windows, you can help to keep heat inside during those brutal winter months. The last thing you want to do is totally replace all your windows, therefore, purchasing thick lined curtains can be a great way to keep the heat inside your house.

Step 6

Using a 'standby' mode on any of your appliances or electronic equipment typically isn't a great move at least from an energy conservation standpoint. Rather than leave your TV on standby, either unplug it completely or turn it off at its socket. Doing this can incur a mild inconvenience, however, you can really save energy and lessen your electrical bill by doing this.

Sometimes many people think that they have to expend a great deal of money and savings just to go green. Fortunately, however, as you witnessed in this article, there are many things that you can do already, that are either free of charge or budget conscious, that can actually incur great benefit to you in the long run. By implementing some or all of these steps, not only can you realize decreased water and electric bill costs, but you can also demonstrate your care and recognition of the environment.

Tips & Warnings

Involving your children in any facet of this process can be a great way to instill stewardship of time, money, and energy. By investing in these steps, you can help raise a new generation of humans that display care and concern for our most valuable resources in our environment. I encourage you to pick apart each of these previously mentioned steps and really think about how you can creatively involve your children in this process. Even if you just simply apply a time limit for showering, that can teach your children to also be a valuable steward of their time, as well as freeing up bathroom usage for other members of your family, as well.




Jan 17, 2010 3:31pm
You are correct that there are big savings if you don't leave you TV and computers on 'standby' mode.
Jan 26, 2010 11:19pm
Thank you for the green tips; I have been around to read lately and wanted to check this out. I once went on an organic diet and did it too fast and made myself sick..it wasn't the organic diet but it was the fast change. Anyway great information..You were one of the first ones to become a friend for me and I wanted to thank you again.
Mar 2, 2010 1:30pm
These are all such great tips. I do most of these, but now I will try all of them.
Jun 29, 2010 2:31am
Great money saving tips. Very nice article
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