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In recent years, you may have noticed that the world has become more environmentally friendly. Let’s face it; going green makes sense not only for preserving our beautiful planet, but also for our home and our budget. It does not take much effort on your part to go green and by changing a few simple routines in your life it will make every difference.

Here are some simple ways to help you make your home more eco-friendly.

Turn Off the Lights and Heat When Not in Use

If you are not in the room, turn off the lights and heater. There is no need to waste electricity. It also saves you from getting a hefty electricity bill. Also, try to unplug your electronics when you are not using it. Even unplugging it once a week can have an impact on your energy usage.

Avoid Buying Plastic Water Bottles

Instead of buying and drinking from plastic water bottles, drink filtered water at home. Use a stainless steel or glass water bottle at work or at the gym. You can pick a glass water bottle up at Winners or Starbucks between $8 to $20 and it will last you for many, many years.

Wash with Cold Water

Wash your laundry with cold water instead of hot water and dry your clothes on a clothesline instead of the dryer. You will benefit from the savings.

Benefit from your Compost

Compose your biodegradable materials in your yard. You will find that it gives the soil in your garden the nutrients it needs. It also saves you money from going out to buy fertilizer and eliminate waste from the landfills. My mom and grandma practice this on a regular basis and you should see the garden they have in the backyard during the Spring and Summer months from spring onions and cilantro to tomatoes and green beans!

Use Recycled Products & Recycle Products

Companies are also being more environmentally friendly. You will find thousands of recycled products to choose from in the markets. Look for recycled packaging. It is also important that you recycle whatever you can such as cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes. And do not forget to bring recyclable shopping bags when grocery shopping.

Only Buy What You Need

We all tend to buy things we do not need. Before purchasing, think about whether you really need it or not. If you do buy, consider purchasing in bulk as you will save money and on packaging.

Switch to Online Banking

The world wide web is amazing and banks are making it easier to bank online now. Instead of getting paper statements, opt for online statements. You can access your statements any time online. This will help save paper; hence trees.