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How to Save Money And The Environment

Contributor:
Paul Ambrose
Paul Ambrose

Making a donation to your favourite advocacy group isn't the only way you can help the environment.  In fact, some of the things you can do will actually save you money....

Your Car

Your vehicle is a huge expense and a great opportunity to save some money while also being environmentally friendly.

A simply thing like keeping your tyres at the right pressure can be enough to make a difference.

For every 2 points below the correct pressure, you lose one percent on your gas mileage. The average driver loses $50 to $100 dollars a year by simply neglecting to check their tyre pressure every couple of weeks!

Another secret drain on your gas expenses is your air filter, where seven percent of your optimum fuel efficiency can be lost through having a dirty filter.

Anytime you have to wait more than 30 seconds in a parked position, you should consider turning off your vehicle.  Two or three ‘turn-offs’ per week can save five to ten minutes of idle gas, which can provide a similar saving to what you get from keeping your tyres correctly inflated.

Around The House

Most of us know the basics.  Always unplug appliances when you aren’t using them and recycle and reuse anything you can. This is really so easy. Just set up a second trash receptacle for your cans and plastic and in a lot of areas, you can make a direct saving on rubbish collection costs (if your council doesn’t charge for collection of recycling).

Besides the most obvious things you can do at home, the number one most simple change to make is to use CFL’s in your house. Even though they cost more, you will make back the investment quickly through savings on your power bill.

This could eventually save you over $200 per year depending on the size of your home.

You should also purchase surge protectors and have your electronic equipment plugged into them. This eliminates what is known as “zombie drain”, which is a phenomenon where electricity is used even when the devices are turned off.

So there you have it!  Following these simple tips could likely save you anywhere from $500-$1000 a year and you really didn’t have to spend more than three or four additional hours of your time, to take care of them.

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