A 12-Step Plan to Save Money By Going GreenOctober 23, 2008 at 9:22AM by Diane MacEachern
You can save almost $4,000 every year if you live a greener life.
Take lunch to work and stop tossing disposable takeout waste
Annual cost savings: $1,560
Sell your gas-guzzler and invest in a fuel-efficient model
Annual cost savings: $884
Drive smart to improve fuel economy
Annual cost savings: $600
Buy a reusable water bottle and stop buying bottled water
Annual cost savings: $500
Make your own non-toxic cleaners
Annual cost savings: $300
Skip one driving trip each week
Annual cost savings: $225
Install window and door weather stripping
Annual cost savings: $129
Get a programmable thermostat and use it to regulate heating and cooling
Annual cost savings: $150
Buy a smart power strip and really turn off energy-sucking electronics
Annual cost savings: $94
Install low-flow shower heads, and water-saving toilets and faucets
Annual cost savings: $72
Replace an old washing machine with an EnergyStar model
Annual cost savings: $50 (plus 7,000 gallons of water)
Swap out old bulbs for compact fluorescents
Annual cost savings: $5-10 (per bulb)
Total cost savings: $3,690 per year
PLUS: Swap, Trade Using Freecycle.org, EBay, Craig’s List to save more $$$$$.
For years, naysayers have claimed that "being eco is too expensive." Not any more.
Want more ideas on how to shift spending to live greener and save money? Check out the One in a Million budget sheet.