People tend to thing going green is expensive, as it seems everything good for the environment has added costs associated with it. While big-ticket items like solar panels and Eco-friendly vehicles are indeed costly and will take years to recoup your investment a few bucks at a time, there are a number of ways you can go green around the house and start saving money instantly.
The following 15 ways to go green will save money while giving the planet a helping hand:
1. Cook your own food from scratch.
Buying raw ingredients is less expensive than purchasing pre-made and prepackaged foods and you can typically get big discounts if you're willing to buy in bulk. Making your own food helps the environment by requiring less packaging material and less processing in a plant somewhere and your family will be happier and healthier as a result. You'll have ultimate control over what goes into your food and will save money in the process.
2. Turn the oven and stove off before the food is done cooking.
Here's a quick and easy way to save a little bit of cash and a little gas or electricity. Instead of leaving the oven or stove on until your food is completely cooked, turn it off 5 to 10 minutes before it's done and let the heat in the oven or the heat of the pot finish cooking the food for you.
3. Don't use disposables.
If you use disposable paper and plastic napkins, towels and silverware, it's time to start using cloth napkins and real silverware. You'll reduce the amount of waste you're throwing in the trash and will be doing your part to help save the fossil fuels wasted to make and transport the disposable tableware and napkins.