One common reason to not go green is the cost. It’s true that some eco-friendly products cost more, but does the lifestyle overall cost more? No, the truth is that it can actually save you money. The main reason for going green should be consuming less. Consuming less clearly saves you money. Things like reducing your energy use by turning off lights when not in use, unplugging things you aren’t using, turning the a/c up and the heat; these things are all free and will save you money.
Some things will require an investment, but in the long run will save you money like reusable water bottles. These range greatly in cost but you will save a lot on bottled water and other drinks when away from home.
There are of course larger investments that take longer to make your money back, like solar panels, but even with those in the long run you will save money.
Food is one area where you can spend more and while a healthy diet is shown to help save you money in health care costs, it’s harder to see those savings. Organic food can cost more, but there are many ways to save. Buying local, using coupons when available, looking for sales, and growing your own food are just a few ways you can save.
Another big thing to remember is to not try and do everything all at once. Make slow changes to keep the cost down and to keep from getting overwhelmed. And most importantly, when buying something think if you really need it or if it’s a want; will it make your life better in someway. I think we all buy a lot of things without a lot of thought only to find we never use it. Cutting down on these types of purchases will reduce your environmental impact and save you money.
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