There was a time when “going green” seemed like a big hassle. Only the most dedicated bothered to jump through the hoops necessary to make theirs a greener, more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
But those days are over. Not only is “green” no longer a dirty word, it’s also a philosophy that is so easy to incorporate into your life you’ll find yourself wondering why you hadn’t done it sooner.
Even better? You don’t need to be the sort of person who would strap yourself to a tree to see a benefit from it. These days, going green also means adding a lot more green to something very important to you: Your WALLET.
Here are some easy ways you can make the switch (and save yourself money on the process):
Get Rid of All That Paper – It’s the 21st Century. Guess what? You don’t need to keeps stacks of paper filed away anymore. With the aid of a document scanning service, you can ensure your household records are still easily accessible while also recycling all that clutter. Digital documents are easier to back up and store, too. You don’t have to worry about moving them when they’re in the Cloud!
Cancel Your Newspaper And Magazine Subscriptions – Print media is a relic. It’s also a waste of resources. Cancel your subscriptions and read the same material online! If you like having something in your hands, get an inexpensive tablet made for reading. This is what businesses that operate with a “paperless office” philosophy do; all their business subscriptions are now digital. So why not do the same at home?
Do Some Carpooling – Or even better, work from home whenever you can. The combination of a paperless office with working remotely is very friendly to Mother Nature! There is also the added bonus of saving you money on gas, tolls, and wear and tear on your car.
Bring Your Mug To The Coffee Shop – Any respectable coffee shop will be happy to fill your mug instead of their in-house paper or plastic cups. Some might even offer you a discount. This is a delicious way to go green!
Do All Your Errands In One Trip – Don’t make separate trips to the grocery store and the post office and the hardware store and the comic book shop. Carve out a short afternoon and do them in one trip to save money on gas, and wear and tear on your car.
Stuff Your Freezer Tight! – A full freezer runs more efficiently than an empty freezer, so when you go grocery shopping get lots of frozen goods. They’ll keep for ages and it will save you money on your energy bill.
Don’t Make Photocopies – Make digital document scans instead. Document scanning is one of today’s top money-saving office tips – it’s far cheaper to store thousands of digital files than it is reams of paperwork – so why not learn from the professionals and use the same techniques at home to not only save you money, but also to make your household a little friendlier to Mother Nature?
The one thing tying all these tips together? None of them are difficult to incorporate into your life. Couple that with the fact that they’ll save you money AND allow you to feel morally superior to your neighbors – hey, you have to take small victories where you can – and there is no reason to be putting these life changes off.