Small Steps Towards Living Green

Recycle

Living a ‘green’ life is often portrayed as being more expensive than mainstream living. The reality is that being ‘green’ often is quite frugal and can save you a lot of money!

Here are some small steps towards living green that can save money:

  • Recycle :: The more you recycle, the fewer trash bags you use! We only use 3 or 4 bags a month and buy trash bags once a year or less! Of course, if you live in an area where you’re charged by bag of trash or pay for weekly trash service, the more you recycle means the less trash you produce and the less you have to pay to get rid of it!
  • Compost :: Once again, this helps save a little on trash bags for us! We compost our food scraps which produces rich compost for gardening. Another benefit, our trash rarely smells so we only take a trip to the dump every month or two!
  • Cloth Napkins :: Never buy paper napkins again! We’ve been using cloth napkins throughout our entire marriage. We were given a few, bought a pretty set of 6 at a yardsale for $.50 and I’ve made several! We’ve spent less than $3 -4 on napkins. They just go in the wash with our clothes and they’re so small they don’t make a huge impact on laundry.
  • Replace Paper Towels :: We haven’t purchased paper towels in 3 or 4 years. Instead we use kitchen towels and dish cloths for typical kitchen uses and use rags made from my husband’s old white t-shirts for messes and tasks like disinfecting countertops, cleaning the bathroom, wiping up spills from the floor and so on. We store the used rags in a small trash can in a closet and wash about once a month.
  • Programmable Thermostat :: You can set the temperature to automatically lower at night as well as when you’re out of the home, saving electricity {and money} without putting much effort into it!
  • Conserve Electricity :: Turn off lights when you leave a room, turn off electronics that are not being used, unplug kitchen appliances when they’re not in use and unplug electronics when you go out of town or if you rarely use them.
  • Shop at Thrift Stores :: Not only do you typically spend less when you shop at a thrift store but you are also ‘recycling’ and giving an item a new use!
  • Combine Errands :: With a little planning and organization, combine all of your errands so you don’t have to run to town multiple times in a week. Also, if you’re tempted to spend when you are running errands, only going once should cut down on temptations and save you money!

What green steps are you taking? Are these steps saving you money?

responses to “Small Steps Towards Living Green” 6

  1. Making my own cloth diaper wipes has been a huge trash reducer here! I'd like to make a dozen or so more eventually from some flannel that was given to me. Living green is way more frugal than people think! I so wish my little town offered recycling. We can only recycle glass and cardboard! Its a bummer, but I do what I can.

    1. Yay for reducing waste and saving money!! And yes, living green is frugal! Hopefully your town will soon recycle more! And, check your local grocery store to see if they have a bag recycling program. Several grocery stores here have a large bin to collect plastic bags!

  2. How do you disinfect while being green? I was just thinking that the disinfectant sprays are so harsh and smelly (because I was just using one) and I was wondering what you used for that? As well as other cleaning supplies in your home. I use a homemade all-purpose spray that I've been making for 3 years but after that got stuck with where to go next. Suggestions?

    1. I use Seventh Generation cleaners for the disinfecting jobs. Other than that I use White Vinegar for almost everything! And rubbing alcohol for window cleaner…it works fabulously!

  3. We have a programmable thermostat but the windows are the original ones from the 60s so a LOT of heat and cooling escapes that way. Maybe one day we can invest in new windows and see some savings long term.

    1. We were blessed that our the windows in our home had been replaced just a few months prior to purchasing the house. But, I do understand, our college apartment was built in the 70s and had single pane windows. It was a bit tacky but we put up window plastic to sort of make them double pane windows and left that up the whole time we lived there. {We were on a very tight budget so every penny saved counted so it was savings before looks!} The positive, we saved on our electric bill, the negative, we never could open windows.

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