Everyone knows that “green” products are the best choice for the environment, but few people realize that going green can actually save you money as well. Let me give you some examples of how the best choice for the environment can also be the best choice for your wallet too.
A great example of how going green can save you money is household cleaners. Some green products on the market are cheaper than their regular counterparts. Eco friendly dish detergent is often less expensive than regular detergent, and it cleans just as well. Alternatively, you could save even more money by using vinegar or baking soda for your cleaning needs.
Often times services like your electricity, water, cable, cell phone and even your bank will offer you an incentive to switch to paperless billing. Typically it’s just a one-time $5 credit to your account. There is no good reason to not take advantage of this, even if they don’t offer you a perk. Paper bills are a big waste that usually end up in the garbage. There is paper wasted, ink wasted and gasoline wasted to deliver the monthly bills to you. It’s a good idea to look at your bill so you can track your usage and see how much you’re charged, but you can easily view all of your bills online for free. If you ever do need a physical copy of your bill you can simply log into your account online and print the old bill.
Another way companies try to help the environment is by offering consumers the option of buying products that come in recycled or reusable packaging. While the initial purchase of these types of products can cost more, customers can usually opt to refill the package at a discounted rate. For example, some dairy farms package their milk in glass bottles. The first time a customer buys the product, they must buy the milk as well as the bottles. The next time, they can just pay for the milk and not the bottles, for a significant savings. In this example, the farmer isn’t using fuel to transport the milk, and the milk’s packaging is reusable so it never ends up in a landfill.
How do you guys (and gals) go green? And has going green been good to your wallet as well? I’d love to read what you have to say in the comments section below.