ENVIRONMENT – As if it isn’t enough to save the environment because it’s the responsibility of human beings to take care of their planet, you can also save money while you do so, and on the day-to-day items that are essential to your life, no less. In some cases, you may even receive a reward for going green.
For example, the government offers a variety of tax incentives to people who opt for eco-friendly appliances and home improvement options, including solar panels. You can theoretically get paid just for replacing your busted refrigerator or upgrading to a smart thermostat.
Switching from incandescent light bulbs to LED lights saves money, time, and frustration — you can never find bulbs when you need to replace one. LED light bulbs burn 75 percent less energy than their counterparts, plus they last up to 25 times longer. Programmable thermostats can cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 10 percent as long as you set the temperature 7 to 10 degrees up or down — depending on the season — for at least eight hours a day.
Creating your own cleaning solutions cuts down on costs significantly while also introducing healthy, natural cleaning agents into your home.
Reducing the time you spend in the shower, turning off the water when you brush your teeth, and opting for an eco-friendly washer, dryer, and hot water tank are all helpful options that ultimately save money. You don’t have to make sacrifices to treat the environment well. Green choices are usually mutually beneficial. Check out the infographic below to learn more about slashing your costs while helping the environment.