We all realize that the planet is definitely changing and resources, such as money, and oil don’t come around as easily as it once may have and with the prices of virtually everything on the rise the least bit of extra cash can be the most bit of helpful. With only a few small adjustments to your daily routine we can lower energy costs, save money and ultimately help save the environment as well.
While global warming and the oil peak aren’t the first things we think about when we wake up, this doesn’t make them any less important or have any less impact on our lives, so why not take a few simple steps to save our planet and keep a bit of money in your pocket. You may or may not know that even when electronics such as kitchen appliances, cell phone chargers laptops, and televisions are off and still plugged in they’re still pulling electricity that’s not even being used, usually referred to as “phantom electricity”.
Yet you still end up paying for it and the U. S Department of Energy reports that nearly 75% of the electricity used to power our homes is consumed when these items are off. So before you leave your house in the morning make sure to unplug those devices that aren’t being used, or invest in smart power strips that sense when devices are off and stops phantom electricity and you could save nearly $400 a year on your electricity bills.
With gas prices rising, cutting down might be some peoples only option. Before this has to happen we can take a few preventative steps to help us save money on gas. Remember to keep up on the maintenance of your car; a poorly maintained car can use up to 50% more gas than it normally would and emits twice as much carbon dioxide. And of course try to start a local car-pool between friends and coworkers. A few simple adjustments to your daily routine can help you become a more cautious consumer.
You can start off by using less plastics, take advantage of reusable grocery bags, they’re even coming out with reusable, dishwasher safe plastic bags. For water you can use a purifier for your tap water instead of purchasing water bottles, and by doing so you’re using less, helping save the amount of plastics contaminating the environment and our oceans. And as an alternative for tossing those old bottles and cans out in the recycling take them in yourself and get some of your money back for recycling them.
In Elizabeth Rogers book titled “The Green Book, The everyday guide to saving the planet one simple step at a time”, she states that “Anheuser-Busch, the makers of Budweiser, is one of the largest recyclers of aluminum cans and they even recycle more cans than they sell. Take it from them; the simplest of steps can make the largest of difference”. (106) Buying from local farmers markets and co-ops keeps money in your local community.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables and planning your meals ahead of time you can save money on food and conserve gas with fewer trips to the grocery store. Also, when food is tossed out, instead of composted it releases methane gas contributing to global warming, and composting food helps the soil retain moisture, ultimately saving you money on your water bill. For the items we can’t produce ourselves buying in bulk is less costly in the long run and you get more of the product and less packaging in the end.
Most people don’t realize how much of an impact the little things that we do every day, have on our environment, let alone how much they can reduce the amount of waste they produce while saving their money. The average person creates four and a half pounds of waste every day, and two minutes of our showers use as much water as one person in Africa uses in a day for everything they need, including bathing, cleaning and cooking. We don’t need to drastically change our lifestyles to do our part in helping maintain our environment, and when we can save money in a time like this, why not?