When you plan to go green, there are a number of things you should handle to make it cost effective and save you money. Going green can be expensive if you do not know how to approach it. For example, you may opt for going green by minimizing eating out, but if you eat at home and encourage wastage on food items, you are not making any strides to go green. Living green is about being lean in wastage. Nothing should be going to trash and no impulse buying. When I plan on going green, these are the top things I would handle.
Save money for home improvement
Switching to green living may require you to make some home improvements. In my situation, I would change the lighting fixtures, roofing, painting, and other things that create energy efficiency and promote green living. This means that I have to hire a contractor to make some renovations and remodeling in my home. Saving money for these repairs and renovations makes the entire process of transitioning to green living a smooth one.
Purchase green appliances
The appliances in my home take a great amount of energy and stretch my electricity and gas bills. I want to go green by reducing the consumption of energy, therefore, I will need to equip the house with energy rated appliances including deep freezers, fridges, ovens, grill, HVAC, and laundry equipment.
Plant a backyard garden
A garden in my home can help me plant vegetables, which I use to prepare food. Instead of rushing to grocery stores to buy vegetables, I can get them from the garden. A backyard garden will not only spruce up the look of the landscape but also provide me with food items. It will save money and make me spend time at home tilling it.
Start budgeting and planning
Budgeting for my expenses will help reduce waste. I live a luxurious lifestyle but want to be frugal at the same time. This cannot happen if I don’t plan ahead and create a budget. I want to sell my clothing, furniture, and other stuff that I don’t use and which clutter my house.
Purchasing in times of off-season and during promotional sales will allow me to cut back on spending. Saving money and making a few home improvements can help transition to green, frugal living without having to put a dent on finances. It encourages me to attain long-term saving goals.