(Just in case any of you might make your New Years Resolution to be more green.) This is stuff you can do cheaply that is good for the environment.
Change your light bulbs. Walgreens has them 2 for $6, and Ace Hardware has then 2 for $7 right now. They last for 5 years and each one saves you at least $30 over their lifetime. So I will be taking them with me when I move, lol. Some places give you free light bulbs, like the Chicago Department of Environment gave away 500,000 this year. Im guessing other large cities have similar promotions. Try googling it. My electric bill is a lot less compared to my neighbors, and Im sure its because of the light bulbs. Also we turn them off when we are not using them.
Winterize your home. Putting up that plastic wrap around your windows is really fun, I like the blow-drying part where the plastic shrinks. The plastic wrap traps air between your window and the plastic which acts as an invisible insulator. Also get some weather-stripping for around your windows and doors and those plastic door sweeps for the bottom of your doors to keep out the draft. I noticed since I did all of this I can keep the apartment about 3° F cooler and it feels the same. They say each degree cooler in the winter or warmer in the summer saves you 3% off your bill. Also get an electric space-heater for your bedroom. That way you can keep your room warm but turn the heat down everywhere else. You can close vents to rooms you dont use often like the closet or guest rooms. I still dont know why some closets have air vents.
I'm not one of those people that goes around the house with a sweater with the heat down to 50°, I'm talking about reasonable stuff. Anyway after you do that you can sit on your couch and feel surrounded by this wonderful hippy aura and then you can go burn some patchouli incense and meditate. jk
Get re-usable bags to do your shopping. Jewel is selling them finally
for $1 each at the checkout. I bought three and thats enough for my groceries every week. I strongly dislike plastic bags. Also those produce bags REALLY annoy me. Go to www.Ecobags.com to find some great woven bags, you can get a couple of those for your produce. In the long run, if large grocery chains aren't making as many plastic bags, the cost of groceries will decrease because they won't need to pay for making the bags anymore.
Buy a Hybrid car if you can, you will save lots of money on gas. I saved $4600 in gas since I bought mine 3 years ago. Calculated out, that actually made my car payment cheaper than any other car out there. Plus the government gives you $2000 on your tax refund for buying it. I think they are still doing that, but I could be wrong. If you dont want to buy a hybrid, the mini cooper is the next most efficient car. Also you can always just take public transit or ride your bike somewhere.
Next time you need to paint a room, go to the recycling center and get some paint from there for free. People bring their left-over paint there since it is technically a hazardous waste. I got about 3 gallons from there to paint my place with and saved myself about $60. I also got the exact colors I wanted.
Anyway I hope something in here was helpful or possibly new to somebody. I hope this stuff doesn't get old to any of you. I don't want to be one of those ranting annoying people. Anyone else got some random tips they'd like to share??? I guess the moral of this post is that being green also saves a lot of money. I think that's a concept that I would really like more people to comprehend and put into effect.
And now, have a Happy New Year, be safe. And thanks to all my watchers, I really appreciate it. My boyfriend got me a Nikon digital camera for Christmas so you can expect EVEN MORE pictures this coming year.
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