5 Simple Ways to Go Green On a Budget

Walk, bike, and go electric

Cutting back on your car use could save you money and help reduce the environmental impacts of cars, like fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. E-cars don’t emit climate-damaging greenhouse gases or health-harming nitrogen oxide. They’re quiet and easy to operate. Electric vehicles seem to have a lot of advantages over cars that run on gasoline or diesel. Indeed, with revelations about auto industry cheating on emissions tests, many consumers feel deceived – and are looking for ways to escape becoming a victim of the deception. One way to do so would be to switch to an electric vehicle. In many cases, governments are encouraging this transition. E-cars offer a quick solution to two societal needs: reaching national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and tackling air pollution in city centers.

 

Reusable containers

That means foregoing bottled water because you’ve got your own water bottle handy, happily schlepping your coffee mug to Starbucks and — if you can get past the awkwardness — bringing your own food containers in when you’re getting takeout or think you’ll have leftovers. Hopefully, food containers will get easier. Be fashionable, trendy and eco-friendly with these stylish reusable water bottles. A refillable or reusable water bottle prevents plastic pollution caused by discarded plastic bottles.

 

Responsibly recycle e-waste

E-waste can contain all kinds of pollutants, including lead, mercury, beryllium, polyvinyl chloride, and flame-retardants. Recycling your e-waste through a verified recycler allows the item to be broken down into reusable or recyclable pieces and have toxic materials appropriately handled. Look for recyclers on the EPA’s website.

Use less electricity

Did you know that many electronics consume energy even when they’re not actively “on”? It’s called phantom energy, and besides being a waste of electricity, it can add as much as 10 percent to your electricity bill. Try to unplug things like chargers, microwaves and computers when not in use, or invest in “smart” surge protectors that disable power when items are not in use.

Eat less meat (Consider Going Vegan)

Meat has a big impact on the environment, with a study led by Gidon Eshel of Bard College suggesting it has a bigger impact on our carbon footprint than cars. Not everyone wants to go fully vegetarian, but try participating in a meatless day a week.

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