5 Ways To Be Green While Sticking To Your Budget

Going “green,” on a large scale, typically takes a considerable chunk of change. Think eco-friendly cars and solar panels. The good news is, you can go green in a smaller way and still make a big impact on your environment. Here are five great ways you can adopt a green lifestyle and stay well within your budget:

1. Ride Your Bike

If you live in an urban area, riding your bike from place to place is fairly easy. Obviously you only want to do this if you can ensure the safety of both you and your children. If your kids aren’t old enough to ride, install a baby seat on the back of your bike or pull a trailer behind. A basket in the front of your bike will be large enough to carry small items from the convenience store or movies from the video store. Not only will you emit less pollution but you and the kids will get fresh air and exercise as well.

2. Conserve Electricity

After your initial investment, this one is totally free, making it incredibly budget-friendly. Replace the light bulbs in your house with the eco-friendly variety. You know those curly bulbs you see in the electrical aisle? You don’t have to replace good light bulbs by any means, but do replace your burnt out bulbs with the green variety.
Along with replacing your bulbs, be sure to get into the habit of turning off lights as you leave the room. If you need certain rooms lit up for the safety of your children, consider using night lights or even small, bedside lamps rather than larger, overhead lighting.

3. Credit Cards

Many people don’t consider credit cards as a way of going green but if you do a bit of research you’ll find that certain financial institutions are greener than others. By using credit cards from these institutions you are not only supporting their causes, which include green initiatives, but you are sending a message to banks that under perform when it comes to environmental causes and human rights.

4. Reuse and Recycle

There is a new trend among moms to upcycle, or reuse, items that they would otherwise throw away. For example, if your kids have outgrown their clothes, look at ways you can restyle them into fun accessories or household items. Use comics for wrapping paper, reuse sandwich bags and turn your old candles into wax tarts. The things you can’t reuse should be recycled at every opportunity. If you can’t recycle your items, consider donating them to a thrift store or shelter that can use them. There are all kinds of ways to get “rid” of your items without tossing them in a landfill.

5. Save Water

Get yourself and the kids in the habit of turning off the tap. No matter if your brushing your teeth, doing the dishes or washing your hands, the tap should be turned off when you aren’t physically using the water. This simple step will save hundreds of gallons of water a year. Put an egg timer next to the shower and limit yourself to five minutes. Put a brick in the back of your toilet tank and turn your standard toilet into the low-flow variety.

Conserving water takes a bit of getting used to, and a smidge of discipline, but it’s free and, ultimately, easy to do. You don’t have to break the bank to go green. There are dozens of things you can do around the house that range from free to cheap. Look into ways that you and your kids can help the environment that fit within your budget. The planet will thank you.

About the Author

Andy Trace is a money consultant and content contributor for FinanceChoices.co.uk, a site offering detailed comparisons for the top providers, and side by side features like balance transfer cards.