Be A Small Footprint Person: It’ll Save You Money

Every day that goes by, there seems to be a story about how humans are destroying the planet in one way or another. Whether it’s animal agriculture, water use or CO2 emissions from motor vehicles, the news is overwhelmingly bad. Worse still, there’s a general consensus that trying to live with a small footprint, not having a significant impact on the environment, is expensive. But when you think about it, it doesn’t make any sense. Why would using less cost more?

Once you start investigating how to be a little greener, you soon realize that it’s actually a fantastic opportunity to save money. Using less really can cost less and help you save money. Here’s how.

Ditch The Paper Towels

Paper towels
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Paper towels might seem convenient, but they are an environmental catastrophe. Many paper towels are sourced from trees cut down in rainforests and wild woodlands across the world. But even if they’re not and they’re grown from special wood farms, they still require a lot of energy to process and transport. This all adds to the cost and means that you pay over the odds when you visit the store. Ditch the paper towels and use a regular cloth instead.

Only Eat Meat One Day A Week

Want to know what really trashes the environment? Surprise, it’s not your vehicle: it’s animal agriculture. According to estimates by the UN, animal agriculture causes about a fifth of all greenhouse emissions – more than all transport combined. What’s more, animal agriculture leads to the destruction of forests for grazing pasture, increases in methane in the atmosphere and thousands of tons of untreated waste filled with antibiotics which flows into local water sources. Nothing is worse for the planet. If you want to make a difference, swap out meat for beans in your bolognese. You’ll cut your shopping bill too.

Boston Baked Beans in Concord, Mass
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Hook Up To Solar

Did you know the price of solar panel installation has declined by more than 70 percent since 2007? Like many other technologies, solar panels are on an exponential price decline, driven by scale and new production techniques in the industry. Not only is installation now a lot less expensive, those who choose to use solar technology often wind up saving in the region of 90 percent on their energy bills. That translates to nearly $1000 a year for the average family.

Compost Your Food Scraps

Do you do a lot of home cooking? If you want to save money, you should. But you can also save money and help the environment by composting your old food scraps and using them to fertilize your garden. Vegetable matter is rich in nitrogen and other minerals the soil needs and is a much better option than commercially bought and produced soil which is often made from factory farm waste.

A picture of compost soil
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Replace Your Lawn With A Vegetable Garden

Lawns are bad for the environment and expensive. Not only do they eat up a lot of weed killer, but they also require a lot of water to stay green. Why not rip up your lawn and replace it with a vegetable patch instead? You’ll save money on both shopping and maintenance.

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Prime Aque is the back-end guy of Self-Help. He is a blogger and WordPress front-end designer. Importantly, he is a husband and a father of three wonderful kids. His firstborn are twin girls. He loves writing and sharing.

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