Today is Earth Day! Although, to be honest, we’ve been slowly working toward making every day a more Earth friendly day at my house. It’s interesting to me that most of the environmentally friendly changes that we can make in our lives are also very budget friendly.
- Last year, we started replacing our light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lighting as the regular bulbs burned out.
- We desperately needed a new washing machine last fall, so we replaced it with a more efficient front-end loader. This probably didn’t lower the energy usage for the washer, but definitely lowered the energy usage for the dryer, as the clothes had much less water in them after the spin cycle.
- Mark replaced our old thermostat with a new programmable one. This has made a large difference in both gas and electricity bills.
- Recently, I started washing all loads on cold wash/cold rinse cycles.
- I also hang up all socks, underwear, wash clothes, dish clothes, and hand towels, so there are less things going into the dryer.
- I unplug the coffee pot, bean grinder, and toaster every time I go into the kitchen. (Note to self: Probably ought to tell the family, so they don’t keep plugging them back in.)
- You may find some great information on this over at Get Rich Slowly. JD is asking the readers for Tips on Energy Conservation
- We’ve started composting all of the vegetation we can (cut flowers that have died, table scraps without meat, grass clippings, etc).
- I started a recycling box for paper goods, but plan to research other recyclables for this area and find out how to keep from sending out an overflowing container full of trash to the curb every week. Lynnae at Being Frugal wrote a great post about Recycling and what is recyclable in her area. I learned some stuff from it!
- The children and I have been gathering clothing and items we don’t or can’t use to donate to a local abuse shelter.
- I’m growing a small garden of herbs and vegetables, to cut down on our food bills and provide more organic food options to my family.
- I combine trips where I can, and buy gas at night, after I complete my shopping.
- I don’t generally drive anywhere besides work and home more than twice a week and even then it’s not more than 5 miles from the house.
- Although carpooling isn’t an option for me, Spilling Buckets is carpooling now, and figures that he is saving about $2100 annually in the process.
- My oldest daughter rides her bicycle the 3 miles to school and back every day so that Mark and I don’t have to go and pick her up. Bus riding isn’t an option for her in the afternoons.