In today’s world, most if not all of us are looking for ways to save money. In addition, many people are concerned with our environment. Many people think that “going green” is an expensive proposition, so they are hesitant to work toward being environmentally friendly.
Is it possible to actually save money while protecting the environment? There are many simple ways that people can save money and help Mother Nature, as well.
With today’s high gas prices, consider alternative forms of transportation. If possible, walk or ride your bike to work. Not only will this save you money on your automobile expenses, but you will not be adding to air pollution. You will also be adding to your healthy lifestyle by walking or biking to work. Another transportation alternative is mass transit. You will still be saving money by using trains or buses for your commute. Carpooling is another great transportation alternative.
Whether you decide to bike or carpool to work, choosing alternative transportation means you drive your car less. This in turn means that you may have the chance to lower your premium the next time you are shopping for auto insurance.
Save on Utilities
When you’re at home, turn off those lights, appliances, and other devices when you are not using them. Replace old appliances with new more energy-efficient models. Use energy-efficient light bulbs. In addition, adjust your air conditioner and heater to temperatures that may be a little higher or lower (depending on the season). These activities will lower your utility bills, and, because you are not using those utilities as much, the energy companies will be using fewer natural resources to produce their services.
Saving on the Job
There are many ways to save money and protect the environment while you are at work. First, try to go paperless. Don’t print anything that you don’t absolutely have to keep in hard copy. Use online services and email for your communication needs. If it is possible, communicate online rather than traveling to face-to-face meetings. Utilize online web conference services such as Skype and other videoconferencing services. If you can, telecommute. This will allow you to drive less and still remain productive at your job.
In addition to recycling your waste (bottles, papers, boxes, etc.), consider buying used products, if you can. These products can include electronics, furniture, cars, and more.
It is easy to save money and help the environment. When you put these simple tips into practice, you’ll find yourself feeling satisfied that you are doing good things, not only for yourself, but for the world in general.