Ways To Save Money By Going GreenDated: August 01, 2018
Living eco-friendly can help save you money while also reducing your negative impact on the environment. Here are some ways to save by going green:
Start At Home
While you may think reducing your electric bill is all about turning off lights whenever possible, there are many additional ways to cut down on electricity usage. Simple improvements like weatherizing your windows and doors, and turning off energy vampires like cable boxes can help you save a lot in the long run.
Borrow Instead Of Buying
Avoid purchasing items you’ll only use once or twice, like a fancy waffle iron for your breakfast-themed party. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family if you can borrow from them to save money and reduce the amount of waste you produce.
Find Alternate Ways To Work Or Play
Walking or biking to where you need to go helps reduce the amount of pollution created by your car. Not only will getting active help you improve your physical health, but you will also save money on gas and reduce wear and tear on your vehicle. Check out Places for Bikes to see how your city ranks for bikeability.
Use LED Lighting
Transition to LED lights the next time one burns out. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights use up to 75% less energy compared to other types of light bulbs. LED lights also tend to have longer lifespans, which means you’ll replace them less often. They also come in different light colors, so you can find the perfect bulb for every room.
Shop Secondhand Stores
Stop by your local secondhand or consignment store the next time you need a new outfit or want to buy a dining room table. Purchasing pre-owned products can cost you less on the name brands you want and extend the life span of the product. Additionally, consider donating your quality, unwanted items instead of sending them to the landfill.
Go Paperless Where You Bank
Some financial institutions like Evergreen Credit Union offer incentives to go paperless. Ask your preferred financial institution what they can do for you when you ditch paper statements and enroll in online communication.
As you embark on your journey to be environmentally responsible, remember that your savings might be gradual, but continued sustainable practices add up in the long run, and benefit both you and the world around you.
When you’re ready, Evergreen Credit Union has the resources to help you go green in various aspects of your life. One of our knowledgeable loan officers can help you explore your options, including specialist loans for hybrid vehicles and solar arrays. Call (920) 729-2999 or stop by to make your appointment today. Membership is open to everyone who lives or works in Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara, Calumet, or Winnebago counties.