It’s time to throw out the myths that say that eco-friendly lifestyles are expensive and inconvenient.
It’s actually very easy being green—giving the planet a helping hand is just a matter of making one simple change at a time. And there’s a big bonus: These small lifestyle changes can often save you money, too.
Here are some tips to be nicer with the environment and your pocket.
1. Use cloth napkins
One cloth napkin will make it through a lot more BBQ sauce than a paper one so it will save you a lot of money over the years. You will also make less trash than with the paper ones. Using recyclable paper napkins is good for the planet, but it’s even better to not have anything to recycle in the first place.
2. Eat less meat
Meat isn’t cheap, which is bad for your wallet but it’s also not great for the environment. Seventy percent of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed to raise cows, and meat production results in more carbon emissions than any other protein. If don’t want to go vegetarian you can always eat less meat and give the planet a hand.
3.Grow your own food
Cherry tomatoes, salad greens, and green beans are the best foods to grow if saving money is the goal. For those who don’t have a garden, simply growing herbs on a windowsill can save hundreds in the long run.
4.Microwave when possible
They use even less energy than toaster ovens (and way less than conventional ovens), plus you might be surprised by the range of meals that can be made in a microwave.
5. Cover your pool when it’s not in use
Not only will it keep the water from evaporating and prevent the need for refills, but the pool will stay cleaner, require fewer chemicals, and reduce the need to run pumps and filters—all of which can save water and energy.