As the world becomes more aware of humans’ impact on the environment, many are making a conscious effort to rectify or adapt to the situation. With the world’s dependence on non-renewable resources and the climbing costs of energy, businesses have taken notice of this issue and are increasing production of products to cater to the environmentally-conscious consumer. While the initial costs of these upgrades may be nerve-wracking to those with a limited budget, there are many eco-friendly options that may actually save money in addition to the environment in the long run.
With major companies around the world shifting to solar energy, many may wonder if the upgrade is worth it for a private residence. With installation and cost of equipment, many may believe that this option may not be within their reach. The sticker price of installing solar can seem pricey at first glance but breaking down the incentives and savings over time may make it a practical investment after all. With technology constantly evolving, going solar continues to become more accessible to the masses. Other reasons to invest in solar include:
- Minimal upkeep for solar panels
- Lower electricity bills each month
- Long-term subsidy benefits for solar panel installation
- The continuing upward trend of energy costs
This can be an ideal upgrade especially for homeowners who would like to continue saving on energy throughout their life in a home.
The auto industry is meeting the demands for clean-air vehicles by making several models available, even under brands famous for their gas-guzzlers. Though gas prices tend to fluctuate with the seasons, it is hard to argue with the fact that gas is a limited resource that will likely only increase in cost over time. In addition, the carbon footprint of gas-powered vehicles continues to be a concern for the environmentally-conscious. The following types of clean-air vehicles may be a good choice for those interested in changing to a green car to save on fuel costs and help the environment:
When driven, the car’s battery gets charged and allows the car to switch between stored electricity to gas.
- Plug-Ins Hybrids
These work similarly to regular hybrids but can be charged by being plugged into an electrical outlet or charging station. These vehicles can then run solely on electricity for a set number of miles per charge, then switch to hybrid mode.
- Fully-Electric Vehicles
With the ability to be plugged in at home or at designated charging stations, these vehicles completely eliminate the need for gas and run solely on electricity.
Powered by oxygen and hydrogen, an electric motor fuels these vehicles without any need for fossil fuels.
Energy-Saving Appliances and Other Electronics
Even before it’s time for an upgrade, it may still be worth switching out old appliances and electronics for newer, more energy-efficient ones. These modern appliances may have more upgraded features, help cut down monthly utility bills and of course, by nature, are more earth-friendly. When trying to make a home more environmentally and budget-friendly, consider these appliances that are used the most frequently:
- Washer and Dryer
- Stove and Oven
When it’s time to make the switch, take advantage of any appliance recycling programs in the area. This can save money and avoid unnecessary waste.
Other Ways To Save More
Depending on one’s home state, there may be other incentives for going green such as specialized parking, rebates, or tax breaks. While these may vary, one sure thing that can help save money is practicing good habits at home or on the road, even with these green upgrades. Turning off lights when not in use, planning out trips to save on fuel costs, using fans instead of central air when possible, for example, are all small ways that add up to bigger savings.