5 simple ways to leave less of footprint and leave money in your walletDecember 29, 2018
5 simple ways to leave less of a footprint on our environment and in turn, more money in your wallet.
The holidays don’t have to be a burden on the planet or your wallet. With little effort and of course imagination, we can BE GREEN and SAVE GREEN at the same time all year long.
- First, a home energy audit can easily identify energy waste issues in your home. Sure, there are several companies willing to audit your home for a fee, but you can also do it yourself. The US Department of Energy has a video to walk you through the process for free!
- Next, learn how to upcycle clothing. Instead of simply taking your unwanted clothes to a consignment store, or throwing them into the landfill, upcycle them. It’s a fancy way of saying reuse them to create something else. For example, a pair of jeans can become jean shorts. You can do all sorts of things with t-shirts, including make recyclable bags, plant hangers and more!
- Grow your own herbs. We all know herbs can make the difference between a bland dish and a dish that everyone wants the recipe for. But buying herbs at the grocery store can definitely break the bank. So grow your own and you can do it year-round, indoors.
- Make your own cleaning solutions. This way you don’t have to worry about harmful toxins because you know exactly what you’re using and of course it’ll save you tons of cash. For example, when I vacuum my floors, I make my own carpet freshener with literally two ingredients–baking soda and whatever essential oils I have lying around. The baking soda serves as a natural deodorizer so it helps absorb odors and the essential oils give you the natural scent. So take two cups of baking soda to about 15 drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Finally, have you heard that putting a brick in an older toilet tank can turn it into a low flow toilet? I’d suggest avoiding the brick since it can disintegrate and cause a bigger problem later on. But the idea behind the brick isn’t a bad one because the weight will displace and reduce the amount of water wasted on each flush. When you replace your toilet, you can always splurge for a low flow toilet, of course, you shouldn’t pay full price.
So, make simple and responsible decisions that will save you time, money and the biggest benefit…you’re leaving less of a footprint on our environment.