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Does Green Need to Cost More?

December 3rd, 2013 | Posted by EnergyEarth in Green Tips

Does Green Need to Cost More? {The Dirt on Green}

No, It Doesn’t.

Too often going green is thought of as a choice made by only hippies or the wealthy. The good news is that going green doesn’t mean you have to drive a hybrid car or shop at a fancy health food store in your organic cotton, fair trade Recycle or Bust! t-shirt.

Think for a moment about the original green advocates: your grandparents or great grandparents. Living in the shadow of the Great Depression, they were incredibly frugal – which coincided perfectly with green.  So many of the things they did to save water, electricity and money make great lessons for us today.

Change a Few Habits and Think Long Term

The key is to recycle, reuse, upcycle and reduce waste in every area of your life – not just your plastic bottles and junk mail. There are plenty of free and inexpensive ways to go green all around you.

Does Green Need to Cost More? {The Dirt on Green}

Save: Water

The least expensive way to reduce water consumption is through better habits!

-          Don’t let it run!

-          Stop leaks

-          Don’t over water gardens and lawns

-          Use less hot water

-          Find out where your water comes from

A small investment in a few simple devices will save you in the long term.

-          Faucet aerators

-          Low flow shower heads

-          Rain barrels (see our previous article about how much they can save you!)

Does Green Need to Cost More? {The Dirt on Green}

Save: Electricity

The best way to use less electricity is by changing your habits!

-          Turn off your lights when they’re not in use

-          Turn off devices when not in use

-          Adjust your thermostat

Plus, get a few helpful devices. A small investment upfront will save you in the long term.

-          Motion control light switches

-          Energy efficient lighting

-          Smart power switches

-          Improve insulation

-          Programmable thermostats

Does Green Need to Cost More? {The Dirt on Green}

Save: Upcycling

-          Reuse old clothes

-          Find new purposes for forgotten items

-          Donate unwanted items to a local charity

Does Green Need to Cost More? {The Dirt on Green}

Save: Real Estate

Green building doesn’t need to cost more.

-          Going green actually increases real estate value

-          ENERGY STAR® certification can increase your home’s market value

Does Green Need to Cost More? {The Dirt on Green}

More Ways to Save

-          Grow some of your own food

-          Hang dry your clothes

-          Make your own green cleaning products

-          Drink your tap water instead of buying bottles

-          Increase your fuel efficiency

What’s your favorite way to save? Tell us in the comments!

—The EnergyEarth Team

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