5 Ways to Go Green and Save Money in 2014
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) During these first weeks in January, all the common New Year's resolutions are floating around with weight loss usually being first on the list. However, this year especially, more people are looking for ways to save money. If you are a homeowner, the following five "go green" tips are simple enough to carry out and have the potential to save you a bunch of money over the course of the year.
1. Cleaning Products. Before you break out the Lysol Kitchen Cleaner to clean the mess on the counter, take a jab at an all-natural liquid castile soap, such as this one made by Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. Made primarily from organic oils, this soap is certified fair trade, non-GMO, non-animal tested and vegan. A 32-ounce bottle costs approximately $16.99, but before you say that the price is higher than a bottle of Lysol, you should know that castile soap can be used to clean multiple areas. When diluted to the proper amount per task, it can be used on dishes, floors, and laundry, in addition to counter surfaces. The natural ingredients in the soap also enable the product to double as a body wash or a shampoo! This soap can also be used for pest control, which you will read more about in the next tip.
How it saves you money: A 22-ounce spray bottle of Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner retails anywhere from $4.50 to $8.50. If you were to trade your Lysol, which handles one specific task, in for one 32-ounce bottle of Dr. Bronner's liquid soap, you would be paying $16.99 for an eco-friendly counter cleaner (~$6), floor cleaner (~$8), laundry detergent (~$8), and more, all in one.
2. Pest control. Instead of calling a traditional exterminator in times of pest problems, first try taking a shot at a more natural, environmentally-friendly way to control your pests. This helpful infographic found on the website for Green Home Pest Control shows that conventional pesticides are chemically-laden, environmentally destructive, and dangerous toward your health and well-being and that of those around you. Aside from the astounding number of unintentional deaths and illnesses related to chemical pesticides, the site also explains that these concoctions may not even be strong enough to combat certain pests, because the creatures are slowly evolving and becoming immune to the same chemicals that have been used for so long. If you are willing to take matters into your own hands, this site is a great tool to rely on. Depending on the insect or animal that is causing the problem, applying simple household products such as cayenne pepper, eggs, canola oil, or liquid soap (as mentioned above) on the affected areas will provide relief.