Today I am going to talk about how you can save money by going green! There are so many reasons why going green is so important. Earlier this month, NASA published an article stating that 97% of actively publishing climate scientists agree that “climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities”.

5 ways to save money by going green

 

We are past the stage of denial and must take a stance to change our current course of carbon output. Climate change, global warming, and resource depletion is a serious challenge that is going to take effort on the part of every person on this planet.

In fact, the world has just over a decade to get climate change under control.

In 2016, the Paris Agreement was signed by the majority of the world’s leaders and put into effect. Unfortunately, in August of 2017, the Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the agreement.

A recent UN report found the world’s annual carbon dioxide emission would have to be on a steep decline by 2030 to hold the world below a 1.5° Celsius increase.

Shockingly, the current carbon emission output amounts to more than 40 billion tons per year, and that amount is increasing not decreasing.

What is the difference between 1.5° and 2° Celsius?

Globalnews.ca provides a quick overview of what the .5° means for us and the planet.

 

 

 

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The Little Things: Eco-friendly Alternatives

 

Are you interested in reducing your environmental footprint, but don’t know where to start?

Eco Economics is committed to providing the knowledge and products to help you get on your path to becoming a Sustainability Hero.

Going green is imperative to you and your family’s health and survival. Making changes to your daily habits may be challenging at first, but don’t worry soon they will become a part of your routine.

Below I have listed 5 ways for you to go green and save money by doing so!

 

 

Rechargeable Batteries:

 

Americans purchase approximately 3 billion batteries a year.

Around two-thirds of these batteries wind up in the trash. Unfortunately, cadmium, nickel, and lead can leach from the landfills and end up contaminating our groundwater resources.

Amazon Rechargeable battery chargerAccording to Battery University, battery-powered energy costs between $68 to more than $400 per kilowatt-hour.

In contrast, depending on where you live, electricity costs between 7 to 19 cents per kilowatt-hour (according to the Energy Information Administration).

Meaning that batteries are extremely inefficient and costly for their energy output.

Batteries are an easy to replace single-use item. Just imagine all of the packaging, transportation, and resource waste we can prevent by using rechargeable batteries.

A popular blog called the Simple Dollar shows how you can save $77.44 annually by switching over to rechargeable batteries.AAA Rechargeable Batteries (12-Pack)

The blog mentions that there is a start-up cost for purchasing the rechargeable batteries and the wall charger.

The big picture overview is that the savings over the life of the batteries more than make up the cost of throwing away one-time use batteries.

Not to mention the overall benefit to the environment, your health, and the additional trips saved to the store!

AA Rechargeable Batteries (8-Pack)Rechargeable batteries are like LED light bulbs. They cost a lot more upfront than their conventional counterparts, but their extended lifespan makes them far more cost efficient in the long run.

This charger is able to recharge both AAA and AA batteries. Click here to view the charger details and here to purchase additional AA and AAA batteries.

 

 

 

 

Paperless Napkins:

 

Did you know that 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used EVERY year in the U.S.?

If each U.S. household uses one less 70-sheet roll, 554,000 trees could be saved annually!Paperless towel

**Click here to read why microfibers are so awful for the environment (hint:1,900+ tiny plastic fibers are released per wash cycle into our water resources which we eventually eat).

These paperless kitchen napkins are handmade from natural unbleached cotton birdseye fabric.

They come in a set of 10 and can be thrown in the laundry for easy cleaning.

Dimensions: 11×12 inches (28×30.5 cm)

Say on average you purchase one pack of paper towels (8 rolls) each month for $8, these paperless napkins pay for themselves after 2.5 months! 

That means that you save $76 for the rest of the year in which you purchase the paperless towels. The next year and each year after that, you will save $8 x 12months = $96 per year! 

Moreover, these paperless napkins are unbleached. Just imagine how much bleach is put into our environment to produce white paper towels.

Click here to start saving money and quit using single-use paper towels.

 

 

Reusable Silicone Bags: 

 

Another shocking statistic that will blow your mind is the fact that Ziploc® bags and their off-brand counterparts have become so prevalent that the average United States family uses 500 Ziploc bags each year!

The United States has an estimated population of 326 million people. With an average family size of 2.8 people (U.S. Census Data), that means that the United States alone uses an average of 58 million Ziploc® bags per year!

Single-use plastic is the worst 🙁

If each family uses 500 Ziploc® bags per year (1-quart bags come in a box of 50 and each box costs $5), then an average family spends $50 in Ziploc® bags per year.

Save money by switching over to these re-sealable silicone bags today.

What’s more is that for the same $50 you are spending a year on Ziploc® bags, you can purchase 2.5 sets of these silicon bags.

The silicone bags are heavy duty and will last you for many years to come, so this plastic-free swap will keep saving you money year after year!

Moreover, they are non-allergenic, non-reactive, and hygienic. They do not contain BPA, PVC, petroleum, estrogen-mimicking compounds, and are latex-free.

These bags can basically handle it all!!!

They can be safely used in the microwave, refrigerator, toaster, freezer, and dishwasher!

The silicon bags can handle a temperature range from -58℉  to 482℉ and can hold 30 fl oz (4 cups or 1 quart) of food or liquid.

They are airtight and come with a lifetime warranty!!

 

 

 

EcoFriendly Coffee Maker:

 

To truly embrace a sustainable lifestyle you need to quit as many single-use products as possible. 

This Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker comes with a stainless steel mesh filter that helps extract your coffee’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors. Typically, paper filters absorb these flavors and essential oils.

The coffee carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass with a cork band that is both functional and elegant.

It comes in various sizes: 17oz, 34oz, 51oz, and 68 oz.

To get a hold of your dishwasher-safe coffee maker today click here.  

 

 

 

LED Light Bulbs:

 

Sustainable LED lights

Did you know that space heating is the largest consumer of electricity in the U.S. (41%), followed by appliances, electronics, and lighting (35%)?

If you are interested in saving money on your next electricity bill, be sure to download my FREE Home Energy Audit Guide!

 

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Remember, fossil fuels and coal make up nearly 62%  of how we generate electricity in the U.S.

Save up to 86% on your electric bill that is devoted to lighting with Sunco LED light bulbs.

They have a whopping 35,000-hour lifespan and you can use them both in and outdoors.

The Sunco LED light bulbs are Energy Star rated, which means that they meet strict efficiency, quality and product lifetime criteria.

Moreover, the manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty!

 

 

The 10,000 Foot Overview:

 

Save money today by becoming a Sustainability Hero. Click here to visit the Sustainability Shop today.

Reduce your single-use waste output and pledge to go plastic free!

Becoming a Sustainability Hero has health, environment, and budget benefits🙂

Sustainability is an important topic that we need to address.

If global warming, climate change, and resource depletion are important to you then take the pledge to become a conscious consumer today!

Start by changing simple habits and using products that are sustainable/reusable.

 

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