I remember the first time I ever really “celebrated” Earth Day. I was one of a handful of 8th grade science students invited to talk to a group of elementary kids about things they could do to help the environment.
The tips we shared were very basic: Recycle. Don’t run the water when you’re brushing your teeth. Ride a bike instead of driving.
And even though that was nearly two decades ago, those tips are still relevant.
Sometimes it is the simplest things that can help the most.
Being kind to the environment and being frugal go hand in hand. On Earth Day, and every day, consider doing these simple things:
Buy things with less packaging. Avoid single-serving products. Buy household staples in bulk. Buy less-processed, all-natural foods. Shop at the local farmer’s market. Plant your own garden.
Bring a reusable tote when you shop. Or if you only have an item or two, don’t use a bag at all.
Avoid disposable products. Get a reusable water bottle and coffee mug. Stop buying paper plates. Switch to cloth rags instead of paper towels.
Make your own household cleaners. Make your own household cleaners for a fraction of the price of name brand ones. Use a little good ol’ fashioned elbow grease to clean.
Reduce your energy consumption. Use a Kill-a-Watt to determine the big energy users in your house. Switch to more energy efficient lighting. Learn how to keep cool in the summer and trim your heating bill in the winter. Give up the dryer and use a clothesline instead.
Drive less, walk more. If that’s not an option, learn how to save money when driving.
Focus on experiences instead of stuff. Instead of spending money on stuff that clutters up your home, spend it on experiences instead. You’ll have fond memories and a lot less junk to toss later.
Re-purpose and repair what you can. With proper maintenance, you can learn how to make your car last forever or how to extend the life of your shoes. Learn to fix things instead of just replacing them.
Go paperless. Switch to online bill pay. Think before you hit print. Subscribe to your favorite publications online.
Making the smallest of changes to the way you regularly do things can have a big impact on your wallet and the planet.
What earth-friendly things are you doing to save money?