15 Ways To Go Green For 15 Dollars Or Less
Check out these 15 ways to go green for $15 or less.
- Switch to a reusable water bottle: You can get a perfectly good reusable water bottle for $15 or less.
- Compost on the cheap: Check Craigslist or your local paper listings for free reclaimed wood and wire (or even buy the wire) or pick up some cheap large bins and you can build a nice homemade compost bin for well under $15.
- Clean your refrigerator coils: Cost on this tip is negative, because this will actually save you money on your electric bill. Cleaning your coils, which easily get covered with dust and grime, means your coils don't have to work as hard to cool down. Clean them with a long brush. You can find them under or behind your fridge (check your fridge manual).
- Switch to organic milk: Organic milk costs more than conventional, but still less than $15 and is one easy green step that not only supports organics, but keeps your family free from pesticides and hormones.
- Build a rain barrel: a rain barrel will save you cash on your water bills and help you conserve water PLUS if you've got the right plans, it'll cost around $15.
- Buy a reusable coffee filter: These cost just $4 to $12 and save on using paper filters for years.
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators: these cost just $5 or less but can reduce both your water use and water costs by 50%. Best of all, anyone can install one on their own.
- Use waterless car wash: One bottle of Ecotouch costs $10 but you'll get a ton of washes out of it and save money on water. Not to mention you'll save the water itself and Ecotouch means you don't have to use chemical soaps that can wash into the soil and our water system.
- Clean green: for about $15 (or a lot less) you can gather up reusable spray bottles, lemons, baking soda and some other gear needed to make your own homemade green cleaners. Cleaning this way is cheap, not only because these are inexpensive cleaners to make but also because you won't have to buy store-bought cleaners. Learn to make your own homemade green cleaners.
- Get a PVC-free shower curtain: this is an easy way to avoid dangers of PVC and of course takes almost no effort on your part.
- Grow some plants: growing plants indoors will help cut your indoor air pollution considerably and it’s way cheaper than a air purifier. Look for nursery sales or grow plants from seeds for under $15.
- Take the bus: Take the bus once a week somewhere to cut down on drive time. No matter where you live, a bus token is well under $15.
- Lower your hot water heater thermostat to 120° F: This won't cost you a dime, but it can save you about $10-30 per month.
- Pick up some cloth napkins: Cloth napkins are so much better than paper napkins - they feel better, cost less and don't waste resources over and over. For $15 you can get about 30 thrift store napkins - enough for a small family.
- Put one item back: Buying less stuff is always green and best of all a totally free green step. Each week when shopping put one item back - no fair choosing an item specifically to put back!