Save Your Family Money by Going Green!
You may have heard a reporter on the news or read a news article quoting statistics on how it’s good for the environment to adopt and/or develop behaviors that benefit the environment. But did you know that many of those same behaviors that help the environment can also help you save money? Here are four ways you can save or make money while also helping to preserve the environment and reduce waste. Some even might improve your health!
- Drink more water and less sugary beverages. Buying less juice and soda not only saves you money but is more healthy. Sodas and even most fruit juices are extremely high in sugar content with little nutritional value. An 8 ounce cup of 100% fruit juice contains more sugar – up to 28 grams than your average chocolate candy bar, which contains 14 grams of sugar. So to save money and be healthier, develop the habit of drinking more water, rather than buying juice or juice drinks.
- Fix that drip! Do you have a dripping faucet? If so, it could be costing you money. Overnight, a leaking faucet can produce a gallon or more of water. That doesn’t sound like much, but after just two weeks of letting a leaky faucet go unfixed all day and all night, means that you’ve paid for 30 gallons or more of water that you didn’t use in one week. If you were to buy 30 gallons of bottled water, you would pay approximately $45. Even paying a fourth of that is over $10, which is $10 you could be saving. So, get that leaky faucet fixed!
- Brush with less water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey website, a family of four that brushes their teeth twice a day uses approximately 8 gallons or more of water. That’s 224 gallons of water a month that you’re paying for but not using. Let’s say by turning off the water during brushing you save $15 a month. It may seem small on a monthly scale, but that’s money that could go toward household paper products or even one night’s dinner.
- Have a yard sale. People have been recycling clothing and household items for years. In the last few years it has become more popular, even trendy, to find gently used clothing, furniture or home appliances at a bargain. Not only can you save money by buying used, you can make a little money by holding a yard sale. If you don’t want to organize one on your own, ask a neighbor or two to help you organize a street-wide or neighborhood yard sale. Then you can get rid of that old rocking chair, toaster or skis that’s been taking up so much room in your home.
How to Involve the Kids in Saving
Kids.gov has lots of online activities educate kids about money. One is a new comic infographic that explains concepts of saving money in regards to electric, gas, and cable bills as well as how turning off the TV, or using less water can save families money over time. Visit the site today and get your kids in the habit of saving money at a young age. Together you and your children can get in the habit of both saving green and being green!
- Published: 24 July 2014