I’m all for saving money. Who isn’t right? It’s not like we all go about our daily lives thinking “oh I want to spend as much as I possibly can on our daily living expenses.” No, that just doesn’t happen. But did you know you can actually save a lot of money by being green? Simply by living the common phrase Reduce Reuse Recycle you can save a lot of money on daily living! GE wants to help you become more aware of how you can save money. Simply Reduce Reuse Recycle! As per new legalities from the FTC, I’ll just say upfront GE is helping to make this post possible. As part of my partnership with GE to give you options to reduce reuse and recycle, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. Although all opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own. And was not influenced or crafted by GE in any way. Ok, legal stuff over; lets get to the fun stuff.
The Many ways to Reduce Reuse Recycle.
Let’s talk about each area individually for a few minutes. The easiest change you can make is simply by reducing the energy you use, the water you use and the waste products you create. Just simply reduce. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got a great list of ways you can reduce in your daily life. And even better; just by reducing you are actually going to save yourself quite a lot of money!
Reduce Reuse Recycle can cut down on energy costs:
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Turn of running water when not being used. It isn’t hard at all to turn off the faucet when you aren’t using the water. Key moments are while you are brushing your teeth, bathing, washing dishes, etc.
- Turn heat down at night. Everyone is under the blankets, this is a key time when the heat can be turned down.
- Use energy efficient products such a microwaves, fridges, freezers, TV’s, computers, etc. My Brother-in-law recently used a device that tracks how much energy each electronic device in the house uses. He discovered that their entertainment center was costing them quite a lot over the course of the year because it was left on. It’s not energy efficient. So even when it’s only turned on while in use, it is still an energy drain. Get energy efficient electronics and you can save a lot.
- Turn off electronics when not in use. Key items include TV’s, Computers, radios, etc. By turning these off you can actually save yourself literally hundreds on your power bills.
- Use wool balls in dryer. Surprisingly; using a wool ball in the dryer not only helps to soften your clothes and helps you eliminate the use of fabric softener; it can also cut down on drying time.
- Plan shopping trips to once or twice a week. This saves you time but also a lot of money. You tend to spend less at the store each time. Plus it is a major way to reduce gas used in the car.
- Use GE energy efficient light bulbs.
GE Energy efficient light bulbs have come a long way over the years. I remember my very first energy efficient light bulb. It drove me nuts because you have to turn it on and wait forever for it to “warm up”. And then it never got really bright. But that was a long time ago. Now they are quite user friendly! Last week, T showed me that his lights had burned out. His room is in the basement so it is really hard to get good light down there. I knew we needed a higher watt light bulb down there. But I didn’t want to pay the price of electricity for a normal light bulb. Especially since after all my reminding, he still forgets to turn off his light. Not only that, but his light fixture takes two light bulbs. So double the cost of energy going to his room. So off I went to Walmart to get new light bulbs for his room. You can see my entire shopping trip picking up more items to help reduce reuse recycle in our home from our Google+ album. I love that GE energy efficient lightbulbs put out the amount of light I want; but at a fraction of the energy use! My ideal choice of light bulb for T’s room is 100 watts. But I can’t use a normal light bulb. It would get far too hot in that room. But a GE energy efficient light bulb is perfect! It instantly turns on. No waiting for it to light up. Puts off a lot of light to help brighten his dark room. And is only uses 26 watts of power! Big difference! Then there is the cost! Using a 100 watt GE energy efficient light bulb only costs about $3.13 a year! That’s a yearly savings of $97 over regular light bulbs! Yes, I’d like to save $97 a year! And that is per light bulb! Now think about all the lights you have in your home. If you have all of your light bulbs converted, and save an average of $40-$97/year per light bulb depending on the watts you use. How much would you save your entire home? I was overwhelmed by how much we save in our home just by converting our basement! Not to mention our main living floor which has multiple fans with 5 light bulbs each! Upstairs we use the 60 Watt GE energy efficient light bulbs. And just by converting one of my our many fans we are saving $310 a year in energy costs. See how it adds up? For me, the GE energy efficient light bulbs definitely pay for themselves over and over again. Especially since they also last a lot longer than other light bulbs. We used to have to change light bulbs once every few months. Since putting in GE energy efficient light bulbs; we haven’t had to change our lights since. It’s been a couple years too. They tend to have a longer life span. In Fact our 100 Watt light bulbs have a guaranteed life span of 6 years! I think you get the point about how you can save a lot of money by switching your home over to GE Energy efficient light bulbs. It is easy to find the right energy-efficient light bulbs for you with the light bulb comparison chart. And you can also learn how to save more money by reducing from the GE lighting website or follow them on Facebook. GE Lighting is a great way to Reduce Reuse Recycle! A few more ways that my family personally reduces costs and energy is
- Line dry clothes in summer. I got a clothes rack for drying heavier items like Jeans or blankets so I can put them outside to dry instead of using energy in the dryer
- Cook from scratch as much as possible. When you cook from scratch you are cutting down on how much you spend on processed foods that will have a lot of packaging that turns to waste.
- Garden. This saves us a lot of money as we grow our own food. We then can and preserve the food for storage in the winter months. Again, less packaging to go to the trash.
Reduce Reuse Recycle items around the home to save money
Did you know that there are a lot of things around your home that you can reuse instead of just throwing it away? I took a poll from our readers on Facebook and combine their ideas with what we personally do in our family. This should give you a great idea on how you can reuse items to cut down on costs in your home. If you can repurpose an item, that saves you from having to buy a brand new item at the store!
- Save newspapers for arts & crafts
- Save boxes for storage/moving/crafts
- Save torn and ripped jeans for sewing. Cut off the knees and make shorts! Or if the jeans are too small; the fabric can be used for making fabric hair accessories for girls, or Jean blankets in quilting. There are lots of ideas for sewing with old jean fabric in crafts.
- Donate clothes. Instead of throwing old clothes out, donate them to local charities, family shelters or thrift stores.
- Garage sales. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. This way you can actually EARN money by reusing an item.
- Save grocery bags from the store for trash can liners & crafts. Believe it or not there are a lot of plastic grocery bag crafts out there. They are used in crocheted plastic bags, and lots more.
- Wash out bread bags and zip lock bags, dry and reuse.
- Make your own compost food scraps. This one is brilliant and one we plan on implementing this year. Since we are big into gardening; we have to fertilize the garden. So making our own compost not only cuts down on waste, it will also save us a lot of money on fertilizer. That stuff is expensive.
- Milk carton crafts. Yes! They actually have a number of fun crafts you can make with plastic milk cartons!
- Wash windows with newspapers, or the brown packing material.
- Use diaper wipe tubs to store toys in and label them instead of buying the tubs.
- Use extra coffee filters to wash bathroom mirrors. They work great. And leave zero fuzzies behind.
- Save receipts from stores, and re-use them as note paper
Reduce Reuse Recycle to improve the earth and teach our children.
Finally we reach Recycling. Many locations are now getting easy access to recycling options. And really it’s not hard at all. Once our town finally got a recycling service it has saved us so much in trash hauling! It cuts down on the amount of trash we put out each week. Now it’s the recycling bin that is overflowing each week instead of the trash can! Ways you can get involved with recycling include
- See if your local area has recycling option
- Recycle electronics! Did you know you can even recycle electronics? Many electronic stores across the nation are now offering recycling for electronics. They will take care of it all for you. You just simply drop it off. Some charge a fee for this. But I know that Best Buy does this service for free.
- Get kids involved! Believe it or not, your kids can actually like recycling. Quite often it’s my kids that remind me to recycle something. Make it a game. Have them help you remember. J helps me take out the recycling bin a lot. It teaches him and helps me at the same time.
How much could you save by implementing just a few of our ideas?
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