Happy Earth Day!

Want to be more eco-friendly while staying on-budget? So often, it feels like we have traded eco-friendliness for affordability. I’m right there with you.

However, there are a couple ways to make your home (and lifestyle) a little more eco-friendly WITHOUT costing you a fortune or requiring a ton of effort.

1️⃣ Cleaning products are expensive – but the ingredients to make DIY ones aren’t. An easy all-purpose cleaner can be made with 2 cups of water, a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a quarter cup of lemon juice. This is going to cost you $2-3 for multiple bottles of cleaner.

2️⃣ Anything plugged into the wall is using up power, even when it’s powered off. Yup, that includes your phone chargers, TVs, and everything in between. Before you go to bed or work, unplug these from your wall. Using a blender? Only plug it in when you’re using it!

3️⃣ Turn off your water heater when you go on vacation. Even when you’re not home, the heater is working to maintain the temperature of the tank water.

4️⃣ Bring your own reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. Besides reducing plastic use, these bags are often easier to carry and you don’t have to worry about them splitting while walking across the parking lot simply because you put a couple cans in there!

5️⃣ Vacuum regularly! This well help extend the life of your air filter and minimize strain on your HVAC system.

6️⃣ Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Not only will this cut down on your paper use, it’ll also mean you have to take out the garbage less often. Plus, cloth napkins are often better at cleaning up spills than paper products.

Tell me, what’s one thing you’re doing to “go green”?