Save Money. Save the Environment.
A greener world starts at home.
Your efforts to keep your budget in check can go hand in hand with your attempts to keep the planet healthy for future generations. And you won't have to make compost or bake your own bread. By changing a few shopping and personal habits, you'll keep more money in the bank while giving back to Mother Nature.
Here are 10 ways to bring more green into your life:
- Find multiple uses for those pesky plastic bags. Retail stores aren't about to abandon their use of plastic bags. But that doesn't mean you have to toss them away as soon as you get home. Use the bags to clean up after your pets, protect items in storage, and line small waste baskets.
- Avoid organic produce shipped in to your grocer in favor of items from the local farmer's market. Fruits and vegetables purchased from nearby farms will likely taste fresher and cost less.
- Use regular gasoline. Pricey premium gas requires more refining and often generates more emissions—resulting in more pollution.
- Be an Energy Star. The U.S. government's Energy Star program identifies energy-efficient appliances that limit green gas emissions that can save families about one-third on their energy bills—all without sacrificing features, comfort, or style.
- Hold on to cell phones and computers. Who says you have to upgrade every two years? Electronic products contain mercury and other toxins that are harmful to the environment. If you are going to upgrade, donate or recycle your old gadgets instead of trashing them.
- Stop the presses! Limiting your personal printing will help save a tree and stave off the expense of those costly—and not so eco-friendly—ink cartridges.
- Get off the water bottle. We Americans love our bottled water, but at a big cost to the environment. All those plastic bottles aren't doing nature—or your wallet—any favors. Try filling a reusable steel or aluminum bottle with filtered tap water.
- Buy a programmable thermostat. Setting your thermostat to the off position while you're away or asleep will reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy bill.
- Grow it yourself! Some vegetables, like tomatoes and cabbage, practically grow themselves. Create a garden in your backyard, on your porch, or near a windowsill—and you'll see your savings grow at the same time.
- Telecommute. By working from a home office, you'll do your part to improve air quality while reducing your fuel expenses.
Learn more about Prudential's green initiatives.