Happy Earth Day! Here are 9 ways to save money AND the environment!

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Happy Earth Day! Here are 9 ways to save money AND the environment!
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Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate the planet by focusing on better ways to take good care of it. But did you know there are things we can all do to conserve our natural resources and save money, too? 

Here are some ways (besides recycling) that you can save money and save the earth at the same time. 

Read more: This savings strategy led to an early retirement at age 33

1. Get new light bulbs.

According to Consumer Reports, LED light bulbs use between 80% and 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Replacing your light bulbs will not only save you money on your electric bill, it will conserve energy also. 

(If you want a great deal on LED bulbs, Home Depot has a 4-pack for $10.97!) 

Read more: Want to reduce your energy bills? Replace your light bulbs!

2. Do the electric drive.

It’s no secret that Clark loves electric cars. If it makes financial sense for you, why not consider electric as an option? 

If you want to find out if this would work for your budget, you’ll want to consider the cost of your current car with gas, and see if a move toward electric without gas would save you money. But, keep in mind with older electric cars, the batteries may need to be changed, which can result in a big expense. 

3. Reduce your food waste at home.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports Americans now throw away 40% of their food each year, either at home or in a restaurant. That equates to $165 billion in wasted food each year. The typical family of four ends up throwing out nearly $2,300 in food annually!

And wasting food not only means wasting money, but it also means filling up landfills with stuff that doesn’t need to be there.

We’re all guilty of it, but the good news is that there are some easy ways to reduce your food waste at home — allowing you to save both money and the environment!

Here are 12 ways to reduce food waste at home.

4. Use countertop cookers.

Though for some foods the oven is the only way to get the best taste, for others countertop cookers work just as well. 

The below options use much less energy than a traditional oven. 

  • Crock pots
  • Toaster ovens
  • Microwaves
  • Electric skillets

Read more: 27 healthy meals (and desserts) you can make in a mug!

5. Make your own cleaning supplies. 

Not only are homemade cleaners cheaper and better for you, they’re better for the environment too! 

Read more: Save money by making these easy homemade cleaners

6. Use cloth instead of paper.

Though paper items are ever so convenient, using cloth napkins and cloth cleaning rags are a great way to save money and cut down on paper waste.

Read more: Why cloth diapers beat the pants off disposables

7. Grow your own food.

Growing your own food has a triple bonus: It’s healthier for you, will save you money and it’s also better for the environment, since there is no packaging that has to be discarded. (In fact, part of the reason this couple’s grocery budget is less than $60 a month is because they garden!)

Though it does take time and effort, gardening is a great way to save money and save the planet at the same time. 

8. Make some ‘green’ home improvements.

Installing solar isn’t for everyone, but you can make small ‘green’ home improvements that can help your home’s resale value, and can also save money when tax time rolls around. 

If you’ve installed any renewable energy systems or equipment in your home, you could qualify for the Renewable Energy Efficiency Property Credit, which gives you up to 30% back of the cost and installation of renewable energy equipment, such as solar panels, wind energy, fuel cells, and geothermal heating systems. 

Read more: Green home improvements make you more green at resale

9. Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot water.

Experts agree, washing your clothes in cold water is just fine — in fact, it activates the enzymes that allow detergents to do their job! Plus, it will save you the cost of energy to heat up the water! 

Read more: Why you’re probably washing your clothes all wrong

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Charis Brown About the author:
Charis Brown is the Senior Deals Editor for ClarkDeals.com. Her favorite discount store is Nordstrom Rack, where she once bought something for $.01! She and her husband Justin paid off $27,000 of debt in 11 months and now live debt-free.
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