Your Questions About Ways To Save Money Around The House

Mark asks…

What are eco friendly ways to save money around the house?

I am interested in hearing things that you do that not only save money for you (e.g. power bill), but are also great for the environment. For example, a few things that I do to knock down the energy bill and that are good for the enviro:

1- Turn off the A/C when I leave my apartment
2- Use a drying rack instead of the dryer for my clothes
3- Keep almost all lights turned off
4- Don’t leave appliances on

A few other random things that I do that help save me money and are good for the environment are things like catching the bus to school, recycling (hehe, although doesn’t really save me money), trying to minimize driving, taking showers instead of baths, and that’s about it. Any other things you do around your house to save on the money and help the environment?

richmama answers:

Here is a list with something for everybody
Everybody is different with different lives here are a 101 Ways To Live More Ecologically,may be you find something that applies to you

1. Avoid disposable in favor of reusable
items.
2. Avoid drying rags in a clothes dryer.
3. Avoid power appliances when handpower works.
4. Avoid highly processed foods.
5. Avoid using styrofoam—it can’t be recycled.
6. Avoid watering driveways and sidewalks.
7. Be responsible and creative with leftover foods.
8. Buy in bulk goods to reduce wasted packaging.
9. Buy energy efficient electric appliances.
10. Buy foods without additives.
11. Buy foods without preservatives.
12. Buy food and goods from sources you trust
13. Buy large quantities to reduce shopping trips.
14. Buy living Christmas trees.
15. Buy locally grown food and produce.
16. Buy organic, pesticide-free foods.
17. Compost your food scraps.
18. Discover and protect watersheds in your area,
19. Don’t burn trash or other smoky materials.
20. Drain cooking grease onto paper bags, not paper towels.
21. Drive a fuel-efficient car.
22. Drive less: walk, bicycle, carpooland use public transportation.

23. Eat foods low on the food chain; avoid meat.
24. Eat more natural, nutritious foods.
25. Educate elected representatives on ecology.
26. Exercise regularly.
27. Explore and learn about your bioregion.
28. Grow your own food, even a small amount.
29. Hang dry some or all of your clothes.
30. Heat your home less and wear warmer clothes.
31. Heat your home more with renewable energies.
32. Hold a potluck dinner to discuss local ecology.
33. If you use a dishwasher, turn off the drying cycle.
34. Install a water-conserving device in your toilets.
35. Install a water-conserving showerhead.
36. Insulate your home to maximum efficiency.
37. Invest for social responsibility as well as profit.
38. Invest in solar power, where practical.
39. Invest in well-made, long-lived clothing.
40. Keep hazardous chemicals in safe containers.
41. Keep appliance motors well adjusted for efficiency.
42. Mend and repair rather than discard and replace.
43. Oppose meddling in ecological balance.
44. Oppose private development of special areas.
45. Oppose roadside use of defoliants.
46. Organize or join a neighborhood toy exchange.

47. Pick up litter along streets and highways.
48. Plant native trees and shrubs around your home.
49. Plant trees throughout your community.
50. Plant your living Christmas tree.
51. Practice preventive health care.
52. Practice responsible family planning.
53. Prepare only as much food as will be eaten.
54. Protect your favorite distinctive natural areas.
55. Purchase goods in reusable/recyclable containers.
56. Put a catalytic converter on your wood stove.
57. Put toxic substances out of reach of children.
58. Recycle aluminum.
59. Recycle glass.
60. Recycle newspaper.
61. Recycle old clothes.
62. Recycle plastic.
63. Recycle used motor oil.
64. Recycle your unneeded items.
65. Re-use paper bags.
66. Re-use plastic bags for storage and waste.
67. Save up for full loads in clothes washers.
68. Save up for full loads in dishwasher.
69. Shop by phone, then go pick up your purchases.
70. Speak out about your values in community groups.
71. Support efficient energy sources in your bioregion.
72. Support elected representatives on ecological issues.
73. Support energy conservation in your bioregion.

74. Support global ecological improvement efforts.
75. Support local credit unions.
76. Support local merchants before large chains.
77. Support neighborhood food cooperatives.
78. Support proper waste water and sewage treatment.
79. Support the cultural diversity in your bioregion.
80. Support the plants and animals in your community.
81. Take shorter showers.
82. Teach your children ecological wisdom.
83. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
84. Turn off the lights when not needed.
85. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
86. Use biodegradable soaps and detergents.
87. Use cloth diapers.
88. Use cloth table napkins.
89. Use less tapwater whenever possible.
90. Use non-toxic pest control.
91. Use only medications you trust/understand.
92. Use rags or towels instead of paper.
93. Use rechargeable batteries.
94. Use the second side of paper for scratch paper.
95. Use water from cooking vegetables to make soup.
96. Volunteer for work in a community garden.
97. Volunteer to maintain local parks and wilderness.
98. Wash clothes in cold water.
99. Wash dishes in still, not running water.
100. Weather-seal your home.
101. Work to unlearn poor ecological habits.

Http://www.lib.niu.edu/ipo/1996/ip960321…

Mandy asks…

What are some ways to save money around the house?

I am trying to save as much money as I can. What are some things I can do to save a little money?
I already know to unplug stuff when not in use. Keep heat down to like 68. Save all the change in a piggy bank.. What are some other ideas?

richmama answers:

Here’s some of the things we’re doing to keep costs down:

-wait to buy groceries on sale, then stock up, also my grocery store has a 10% off day once a month so I plan my shopping for then
-take shorter showers, it cuts down on hot water bills
-buy non-name brand products, they usually have the same ingredients and do the same thing at a lower cost
-look at your entertainment spending, theres usually something you can cut out (like $5 coffees) or something you can cut down on (going to the bar with friends)

Make sure to track your spending for a month and see where your extra money is going. We did this and found out we were spending an extra $200 on eating out!!! Once we stopped that, it was easier to save.

James asks…

Ways To Save Money Around The House?

Any suggestions on how to save little bits of money here and there (which in the end add up to a lot of saving)…Just curious as to what things you make a point to do in your home to save money. Thank You!

richmama answers:

Turn off lights and power sources when not in use.
Hang dry clothes when possible and use the dryer to get the stiffness and wrinkles out only
Buy food items in bulk and devide meats up to put in freezer
Buy those green bags for your produce which makes them last longer
Replace bulbs with energy efficient ones.
Put a liter cola bottle filled with water in the back of your toilets reservoir tank to reduce water flow
Make home made meals as often as possible and if you have too much, freeze the remaining portion to consume on a night you dont feel like cooking
If you have children, use lunch boxes and tupperware vs disposable bags
Keep up on maintenance of vehicle and home to avoid costly repairs
Update your appliances to energy efficient ones when you can

Richard asks…

how can a teen girl save money around the house?

I want to know more ways to help reduce energy bills. I take short, cold showers, I turn off lights when i leave the room, I shut down my computer when i don’t use it. What else?

richmama answers:

Turn off your TV when you go outside and same thing goes for the other TV in your parents house if someone not watching it make sure you turn it off, that way nobody won’t waste energy in that room , and the same things go with the light’s in your parents house if you know no one is useing it in one room then turn the light off there no need to keep that light on if no one is in that room

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