Many people view the practice of ‘going green’, or reducing their carbon footprint, as something for rich people who have plenty of extra money and time. With the economy in shambles there seems to be this false notion that it is simply too costly to reduce your carbon footprint right now. This is absolutely false; in fact reducing your carbon footprint is a fantastic way to start saving money every month. This article will provide you with some great tips on how to save money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
The first thing that you should do in order to save money and reduce your carbon footprint simultaneously is simply to conserve. This goes for electricity, gas, water and even garbage.
By turning off appliances and lights when not in use you will find that your electrical bill will be lower each month and you are doing your part to put less demand on environmentally damaging coal power plants. By carpooling, riding your bike or just learning how to drive with fuel consumption in mind you can save money on gas every month while also emitting less carbon dioxide, another great win-win situation. Getting energy efficient sinks, shower heads, dishwasher and toilets allows you to lower your water and sewer bills while putting less of a strain on your local water table, another good thing. By purchasing products that have less unnecessary plastics on them and also by recycling more often you have not only lowered your garbage bill if you were a big trash consumer but you have also helped to reduce your carbon footprint by doing the environmentally friendly thing.
Another great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time is to seek some alternative energy sources for your home. This can be as small as heating your pool through a passive solar unit to full out solar panels and wind turbines. While there is the perception that alternative energy is expensive and only for those with a lot of cash it is actually more affordable than ever before and should be viewed as an investment. Sure it will cost a little to install a solar panel unit or a wind turbine but it will also reduce or eliminate your electrical bill. In fact, the government requires power companies to by alternative energy electricity at premium rates, this means that you can actually turn a profit and have your power company start paying you every month.
Hopefully you will implement some of these great methods and see how to save money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.