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Oct 09

5 Steps to Go Green Without Breaking the Bank

go green without breaking the bankGoing green can be an expensive endeavor. Many of the latest energy-efficient appliances require an initial out-of-pocket expense that may not be feasible for everyone in today’s economy.

Consider this list your saving grace…literally. You can save money while saving the planet. The following 5 steps will explain how.

  1. Saving energy saves money.

Developing energy saving habits is a great way to decrease your carbon footprint.

    • Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature as often as possible. Doing this will save energy and money since the air conditioner will not have to readjust as frequently. Turning your thermostat off completely only saves energy and money if you will be leaving it off for several days.
    • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of traditional (incandescent) bulbs. They last longer, and save energy and money
    • Unplug appliances from the wall when they are not in use. Or you can use a smart power strip which automatically does this for you when it detects electronics are not in use.
    • Washing your clothing in cold water can save up to 85% of the machines energy usage.
  1. Conserve water and save your wallet.

This is another benefit of energy saving habits that will help you save the environment.

    • When it’s shower time consider shorter showers, or a low-flow showerhead.
    • You can make a similar installation on your faucets with a low-flow attachment called an aerator.
    • Remember to turn faucets and shower heads off when not in use. It is a common habit to turn on the shower well before entering to warm it up. It is also common to leave the water on the entire time you brush your teeth or do the dishes. Modifying these small steps will save tons of money and energy.
  1. Save gas to save dollars.

So we are all aware of hybrid cars and yes, if you have money to spare, purchasing one will definitely save gas. If you aren’t able to purchase one, consider the following:

    • Carpooling saves gas, energy, and toxic car emissions.
    • If you live close to work you can walk, bike, or catch public transportation.
    • If you live with a partner you can share one car to commute to work and other places.
  1. Drink water, differently…
    • Install a water filter, or purchase a stand-alone water filter to save on the container waste that bottled water causes.  Consider a Brita water bottle which contains a filter inside. It is the perfect on-the-go option to going green.
    • Using reusable bottles (and plates and utensils for that matter) can save tremendously on waste.
    • If you do use bottled water, please be sure to recycle, so it can be useful in its “second” life.
  2. Get Thrifty.
    • Find gently used or overstock items at goodwill, plato’s closet, or any local thrift store in your area.
    • Even borrowing books from your local library is a better idea than buying them. It saves money and materials.

If you are serious about going green, money will be no option. Change your habits and gradually take steps towards increasing your conservation efforts. If each of us do our part, together we can make a huge difference.

Written by Melissa Troupe of Frankel Realty Group. Luxury Real Estate in Jupiter Florida.

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