There are lots of easy ways to make the planet a better place, like recycling and saving electricity, but did you know that you can also save money (or even make a little) by going green? It’s a win-win, both for you and the planet.
Biking or Walking Short Distances
When it takes five minutes or less to drive to your destination, it might actually be faster to walk or bike instead. According to AAA, it will also save you from $0.40-$0.98 per mile, depending on what type of vehicle you drive and how much you drive it. Not only will all that saved money add up, but you are saving gas and reducing emissions. You can click here to find out what your car costs to drive per mile.
Recycling Old Electronics
Most people have at least one or two old electronic devices around the house, from that old phone to the laptop that doesn’t work anymore. They are not benefitting anyone by sitting in your basement, and just throwing them away wastes valuable resources that could be reused. There are many websites (such as guzu.com) that will let you ship your old electronics for free, where they will either refurbish or recycle them. Many of these websites will offer you payment for these electronics, meaning you’ll have a few bucks in your pocket while helping the planet.
Get Rid of Your Vampires
“Vampire electronics”, the devices you keep plugged in even though they are not in use, suck up lots of energy, with around 20-40 devices plugged in per household. Not only does this up your electric bill, but it puts a strain on the resources we use to produce that energy. To try and stop vampire electronics in your home, go around your house and look at everything that’s plugged in. First of all, do you ever use it? If not, it might be better to just leave it unplugged for good. Any electronic that uses power even when not in use, from TVs to toasters is also a good candidate for unplugging. This Department of Energy webpage has more tips for how to save energy, including by unplugging vampire electronics.
With these three tips, you can start to live a little greener and a little cheaper. Just remember, it doesn’t take a huge effort to do something great for the environment, and these are all great ways to start.
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