Save Money by Saving the Planet

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    Eco-friendly tips for saving money
    Saving money is hard work. But small changes can add up. When done right, it can also mean big changes for the environment. From buying used items to investing in solar panels, you can save money while saving the planet. You might call that a win-win. We just call it a smart way to save.

    Here are some of our favorite ways to make sustainable savings part of your everyday routine.

    Drive less.
    Carpooling, public transportation and even biking to work saves money by avoiding high gas prices — along with reducing car maintenance costs. Fewer cars on the road means fewer emissions in the environment, too.

    Stop food waste.
    According to National Resources Defense Council, 40% of U.S. food ends up in landfills. Not only is that a waste of perfectly good food, but it’s also a waste of perfectly good money. Try meal prepping to create meal plans that include perfectly portioned meals that eliminate the potential for waste.

    Use cold water.
    Whether you’re washing clothes or watering plants, cold water reduces your household’s emissions. It also saves money on your energy bill.

    Upgrade to LED bulbs.
    According to the Consumer Federation of America, LED bulbs can save up to $75 on energy bills every year. That might not sound like much, but LED bulbs also last around 25 times longer than standard bulbs.

    Buy efficient appliances.
    Refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners — the highest priced appliances also affect the environment the most. Energy-efficient appliances will keep your energy bill low and your emissions even lower.

    Invest in solar.
    Solar energy is one of the best ways to reduce carbon emissions, reduce your energy costs and improve the value of your home. With solar incentives and renewable energy credits, you can start making money while you’re saving money from your investment. That’s a win-win-win.

    We’re here to help you build and maintain financial slack – even when you’re saving the planet. Contact us about our SustainableHome™ Financing to learn more about how solar energy and other forms of renewable energy can help you save money while saving the planet.