6 tips that could potentially save you $1000 in the next year*

Posted on April 2, 2009. Filed under: living green | Tags: , , |

laundry1. Hang your laundry out to dryYour dryer checks in at number two on the list of household energy hogs (right after your fridge), according to the U.S. Department of Energy. By cutting the dryer out of the equation and using the ample solar energy that falls to the earth every day, you can save some bucks, and prolong the life of your clothes, too.

Annual savings: $70 per year in energy costs.

2. Eat more veggies and less meat

The weighted average price for all fresh vegetables was 64 cents per pound, which averages to 12 cents per serving. Contrast that with the average price per pound of beef, which, in October 2007, was $4.15 per pound; the average price per pound for pork was $2.93. Cutting meat will save more than money; according to a recent UN report, it’ll cut way back on your contribution to climate change, too.

Annual savings: $100 per person, if you cut out one average meal of beef per week (assuming that a serving is about eight ounces). If you go veggie, you’ll save a bundle!

3. Set your thermostat wisely

Properly set thermostat while you’re awake and asleep as well as modulating the settings for summer and winter.

Annual savings: $180, according to Energy Star, if you maintain your diligence for an entire year.

4. Convince your boss to let you work four (slightly longer) days a week

Working four ten-hour days instead of five eight-hour days is not only a great way to have a longer weekend, but it’ll save you some cash, too. You’ll save 20% on whatever you spend for commuting, coffee, lunch, and any other daily expenses you incur by dragging yourself to the office.

Annual savings: $500+ for a four-day workweek (that’s $10 per day, one day a week, for 50 weeks a year — you get two for vacation, right?); slightly less for telecommuters.

5. Walk or bike on one trip that’s two miles round-trip per weekbike

40% of urban travel in the U.S. is two miles per trip (or less), so hop on your bike (or take a walk) once a week, save some wear and tear (and gas) on your car, get a little fresh air, and save some bucks.

Annual savings: $56.26 — 104 miles (2 miles x 52 weeks) at 54.1 cents per mile, the average cost of driving per mile, according to AAA.

6. Make your own all-purpose cleaner

For cleaners, take 25 cents worth of baking soda, 25 cents worth of white vinegar or lemon juice, maybe a touch of essential oil. Small variations can yield toilet bowl cleaner, tub scrub, and toothpaste. Plus, baking soda can clean most anything, including your hair (and it can strip paint, too!). By substituting baking soda for many of your cleaning needs, and adding a little elbow grease, the savings will add up.

Annual savings: $50 — give or take, depending on how much you clean

*Collin Dunn, Corvallis, OR (1 October 2008), http://www.Treehugger.com, http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/frugal-green-living-6-tips-save-money-1000-dollars.php

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