Many people are going green in every aspect of their life. Driving less and using fewer disposable items are two of the most common trends, but did you know that you can go green in your home and save money at the same time? Here are a few tips on how to do it.
- Household cleaners can be expensive and harsh on the environment. On the other hand, white vinegar and baking soda are eco-friendly and will kill E-coli in the kitchen, remove water stains, and clean windows.
- Old, drafty windows can add a fortune to your heating and cooling bills. Replacing them can really add up and covering them with plastic isn’t very attractive or eco-friendly because plastic does not degrade readily. Why not use a rope caulk? It will not detract from the aesthetics of your home and can be reused year-to-year.
- Then there is your refrigerator. This one appliance can account for 15% of your monthly electric bill. Turn it down a little, make sure there is space inside to allow airflow so that it is more efficient, and keep your freezer defrosted.
The three tips listed above could save you up to $500 the first year you follow them. Why wouldn’t you keep that money in your pocket? It’s tips like these that can help you “trim the fat” from your budget and prevent the need for debt consolidation in Tennessee.