Saving money on the operating costs of your home and protecting the environment don’t have to be two clashing ideals. Instead, these things often go hand in hand. For example, if you create your own laundry cleaner, you’ll spend less than $3 for 64 uses, or about $0.05 a load. You can also create your own grout cleaner, all-purpose cleaners, and dust cleaners. All of these natural solutions contain far fewer chemicals than commercial cleaners, lessening the chance of pollution. Right now, 69 percent of U.S. streams have persistent detergent metabolites.
You might also consider upgrading your home appliances to more energy-efficient machines. While this might present a bigger upfront cost than some of these other changes, you’ll save substantially on utility bills. For example, getting a new ENERGY STAR certified washer and dryer can save you 45 percent on your water bill and 25 percent on your energy bill. Your refrigerator and HVAC system are the two other things to upgrade if you want to save big.
Other cost-effective solutions for going green include installing LED light bulbs throughout your home and adding new water aerators to your faucets. With LED bulbs, you’ll use 75 percent less energy compared to standard incandescent bulbs. With water aerators, you can reduce your water consumption at the sink and in the shower by up to 50 percent. For even more ways to save money and help the environment, check out the infographic below.