Today is Earth Day!
Since 1970, people around the globe have come together to promote environmental awareness. I am excited to be sharing with you some money saving ideas that can help the environment. I am also thrilled that so many of my fellow bloggers have decided to join me in offering “green” advice. Please take a moment to read the earth day posts by Rachel at Budgets and Kale, Robert at Real Money Robert and My Sons Father.
Unique Tips to Save Our Planet
Happy Earth Day! If you are anything like me, you’re passionate about saving our planet. There are plenty of scientists and individuals who spend their lives searching for unique ways to save our environment, and some might actually work. Even if you don’t have time to solve the world’s pollution or water crisis, you can still make a difference in your community. Every little bit counts.
Here are a few unique ways you can help the environment around you:
- Replace your clothes dryer with a heat-pump clothes dryer.
A heat pump dryer uses less electricity (about 40%- 50% less) and doesn’t vent your conditioned air to the outside. Heat pump dryers may be slightly costlier up front, but you will save money on each load you do. You could save anywhere from 20 to 38 cents a load. In turn, you are helping the environment as you are using less electricity.
Keep in mind that it may be a little bit louder than your typical dryer so you may want to be cautious of when you choose to do loads.
- Limit your chlorine usage in your pool.
Instead of using expensive chemicals in your swimming pool, switch over to the “BBB” method (Borax, baking soda, and bleach). The Borax will allow you to use a lot less chlorine. My family used this technique and we went from keeping the chlorine at 4ppm to 1ppm, and the pool water is a lot nicer than chlorine use alone.
- Do a home energy audit.
The best way to do a home energy audit is to hire a professional. However, if you would like to save a little bit of money you can do it yourself. You will need to check your ventilation, check for air leaks, check insulation and more. It may take some time, but it can save you money over time.
- Build your own solar panels
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Build it solar offers ideas and tutorials on how to execute energy conservation projects. Everything from solar panels to bubble wrapping your windows can lower your energy cost and help the environment.
- Unplug all of your appliances
Did you know that your appliances and electronics pull energy even when not in use? This is wasting your money. Many electronic devices, such as TV’s, DVD players and video game systems, all use small amounts of power even when turned off. Unplug small kitchen appliances such as your microwave or coffee machine, and plug your electronics into a power bar for an easy off-switch. The power bar will also act as a surge protector, and may protect your belongings from damage should there be a power spike.
Disconnecting your appliances and electronics will also reduce the chance of electrical fires. When electronics age, some wiring can become faulty and spark. You don’t want to take the risk.
Note: Leaving your computer on sleep mode or stand-by still uses your electricity.
Check back during the week for more green money saving tips, hacks and unique insights.