Tips on Saving “Green” by Going “Green”
You can save money and help planet earth at the same time.
- Save energy.
- Adjust your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Wash clothes in cold water – as much as 85% of the energy used by washing machines is heating the water. Skip the dryer, use a drying rack or clothesline.
- Pay bills online to reduce paper and save a stamp.
- Pay a Rockingham Insurance policy online with a one-time payment option.
- Switch light bulbs to CFLs and when purchasing new appliances look for the Energy Star label.
- Turn lights off when you leave a room.
- Use natural light from windows as long as you can before you turn a light on.
- Recycle – glass, paper, aluminum, etc. Every little bit helps!
- Save water.
- Shorter showers and turning the water off while brushing your teeth will lower your water bill and heating bills.
- Plant drought-tolerant native plants around your home for minimal watering.
- Use less gas.
- Bike or walk to work; save gas, improve your cardiovascular health, and lower emission levels.
- Telecommute- working from home saves gas expense and vehicle maintenance.
- Eat smart.
- Buy locally raised foods. Supporting local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
- Skip the bottled water.
- Purchase a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Bottle water is expensive, and it generates large amounts of container waste.
- Use a reusable water bottle.
- Keep electronics out of the trash.
- Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxins and is a growing environmental problem.
- Make cleaning products at home to save money, time, and packaging – not to mention improves indoor air quality.
Homemade cleaning products can be made with a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
- Shop with reusable bags and stop using disposable plastic or paper bags.
- When you are ready to get rid of an item: donate it and support your local community.