Being Green Saves You Money
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There are plenty of reasons for going green but none of them are as compelling as the chance to save some money. We could all... The post Being Green Saves You Money appeared first on My Green Home Blog .
There are plenty of reasons for going green but none of them are as compelling as the chance to save some money. We could all do with some extra cash in our pockets these days and becoming more environmentally friendly is one great way of doing this. In fact, just about every green initiative I can think of has some sort of financial benefit attached to it, like the following.
Lower Energy Bills
Probably the area in which you could save most money is in heating up or cooling down your home. There are lots of things you can do to save money in this way, ranging from very simple, cheap ideas to more complex, expensive ones. For a start, you could fix draughty windows or doors and stop so much of your heat escaping that way. Insulating the tank, getting a more efficient boiler, adding solar panels, using a timer on your central heating; the list of green ideas to save you money is massive. Try doing them just one at a time and you will see how you gradually bring down your energy bills while feeling good about helping the planet as well.
Buy Less New Stuff
Once you start recycling it becomes a bit of an addiction. Whenever I look at something old and seemingly useless now I don’t see rubbish to get thrown out. Instead, I see the chance to turn it into something new. It is amazing how much less stuff you need to buy once you start recycling things. The best example probably comes with clothes, as this is one of the biggest regular expenses for most people. Yet, take a look in your cupboards and wardrobe and you are likely to see lots of old items of clothing just waiting to have new life breathed into them. You don’t need to be especially creative when you start out, as you will find a lot of ideas on the internet for recycling old clothes and household items. However, after a while you are sure to start coming up with your own ideas as well.
Lower Commuting Costs
Going green also means taking care about how often you drive or use public transport. My preferred way of getting around is by bicycle and I absolutely love this. It is great exercise and it also gives you a far more interesting journey than you would get in a car or on a bus. Of course, it can also be a huge money saver. I read a couple of months back that many people now spend more on commuting to work than they do on their monthly mortgage repayment. This seems shocking, especially when travelling by bike is completely free. The most common excuse given for not doing this is that people don’t want to turn up to work all hot and sweaty and wearing cycling gear. With a bit of practise you won’t get so hot when you cycle and most workplaces that I know have a bathroom where you can quickly get changed into your working clothes. Walking is good fun too and even if you don’t do it every single day you will still feel the benefits of doing it now and then. So will the planet.