Just because Earth Day has passed, that doesn’t mean “Going Green” is any less important. And when going green can save you money, what’s not to love about pitching in and doing your part to help the environment? Here are some green products and ideas that will save you money immediately.

In the Kitchen

Your kitchen is where most waste occurs in the household. It’s also the room that holds the most potential for conservation and savings. One thing you can do is to try shopping every other week rather than every week. It will cut down on wasting food and on packaging. When cooking with the stove, match the pot size to the dish so that extra heat isn’t wasted. Additionally, remember to use lids so that your food will cook faster. For small meals, using the microwave will also save energy. Speaking of saving, a compost bin will slow the filling of your garbage can and help your garden or potted plants grow more quickly.

The Rest of the House

Some simple fixes that greatly increase your energy efficiency include buying a plant rather than an air freshener, using replaceable carpet tiles instead of wall-to-wall, and recycling furniture before buying new pieces. Many appliances, like air conditioners and computers have a “Power Save” mode that puts them to sleep after a pre-determined period of idle activity. CFL light bulbs are much less harsh than fluorescents. And adding a recycle bin rather than throwing your paper, glass, and plastics into the trash all help the Earth and your wallet.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

So now that you know the basics, there are always ways to continually improve your carbon footprint and decrease your monthly energy bills. If you can afford to replace your plastic containers with glass or stainless steel, your food will keep longer and have less contact with hazardous chemicals found in plastics. Switching to organic cleaning products will be more costly but safer for you, your family, and the environment. And, finally, by replacing your showerheads and faucets with low-flow models, you will save water, energy to heat it, and money all at the same time. It’s OK to start small, but the more you invest in saving the environment, the better off we’ll all be in the long-run.

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