One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to save more money. What if I told you there were several ways to do this while combating global warming at the same time? Here are 5 easy goals to implement in 2018 that will benefit both your wallet and the planet:
1 – Buy a reusable water bottle. Instead of throwing away money, as well as plastic, all year long, invest in a high quality water bottle. Keep it near your lunch box or purse as a reminder to take it to work, to the gym or on long car rides.
2 – Shop big box stores. Buying in bulk at Sams Club or BJs is nearly always more cost effective particularly on non perishable items such as toilet paper. The reduced amount of packaging means less material is used in production and less ends up in the garbage.
3 – Implement “Meatless Mondays”. Or Tuesdays. Or Fridays. Whatever day you choose just pick one and make it a habit to not consume any meat. The other days try to restrict consumption of red meat by choosing chicken, fish, turkey or pork. This helps reduce the amount of methane emissions released by cattle. These options can often be cheaper than beef as well.
4 – Group errands together. If you’re like me and live in an area where biking instead of driving a car isn’t very practical, then limit your transportation emissions by planning out your errands. Instead of making multiple trips all over town over the course of the week, choose one day to be your errand day. This will help save gas which in turn saves money.
5 – Watch the thermostat. I realize right now with the east coast in a deep freeze for the weekend no one is wanting to turn the heat down. However, layering up and turning the thermostat down even 2 degrees (or up 2 degrees in the summer) will cut down on heating and cooling expenses. This will also help scale back fossil fuel emissions.
I hope these tips are useful in the new year. Here’s to bigger bank accounts and saving the planet!