Today, April 22, is Earth Day. To help promote Earth Day, we thought we would offer some tips on how to go green and save money at the same time. We think that these tips demonstrate that going green isn’t just good for the environment; it can also help fill an empty wallet. Here’s how you can save the planet and your budget:
1. Turn down the heat at night
Turn down your thermostat at night once you are ready to go to bed. This can reduce your gas bill by 10% if you drop the temperature by four degrees Celsius.
Carpooling can save an average person over $700 per year plus dramatically reduce your commute time if you use an HOV lane. Carpooling of course helps the environment by reducing pollution and it uses less energy.
3. Launder money the legal way
Front loading washing machines use 60% less energy than top loading washing machines. So when you’re ready to get a new washing machine, buy a front loading machine and put your old one up for sale on Craigslist.com or Kijiji.ca.
You can also save money and help the environment by using cold water to wash your clothes rather than warm or hot water—just make sure you check the labels on your clothes first. Running the dryer with only full loads also helps to save money and energy, and if you do multiple loads in a row, the heat that is already in the dryer will further cut down on energy consumption.
4. Use your dishwasher
This is a fantastic way to save yourself a chore, save money and help the environment. Washing dishes by hand can use more water and energy than using a dishwasher, and if you turn the drying cycle off, you will save even more money and energy. Dishes washed by hand also contain more bacteria and aren’t as clean as those washed by a dishwasher.
5. Download music rather than buy CDs
Downloading music is good for the environment because CD cases are usually made of polyvinyl chloride which isn’t easy to recycle. Downloading music also reduces the packaging and CDs that will end up in landfills. Downloading music also saves you money since you can choose the one or two songs that you like on a CD and only spend $1 to $3 rather than spending $15 to $22 for a CD full of songs that you don’t want. In the end, you get only the music you want at a fraction of what CDs cost. If you download $100 worth of music and only chose one song from each CD you look at, you will save anywhere from $1,300 to $2,000.
Save the earth and your bank account. Everybody wins.