People everywhere are making an effort to “go green” or find ways in which to conserve the earth’s precious resources. Going green does more than just conserve resources; it can also be healthy for your pocket book and at CoverLink we’re always seeking ways we can use green technology to save money. With that in mind, we thought we would share some simple tips for helping you “go green” this spring.
Switching your light bulbs to fluorescent Energy Star light bulbs can save $30 or more in electricity bills for the life of each light bulb. Making the transition also helps in the prevention of more greenhouse gases. These energy efficient bulbs are slightly more expensive up front, but can save a bundle in the long run.
Recycling may seem second nature by now, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t recycle! Almost all waste management companies provide recycle bins for free or a nominal fee. Most will take household plastics, newspapers and cardboard containers and boxes, as well as aluminum and glass products. Recycling is probably the easiest and most convenient way of doing your part for the environment.
Each year it is estimated that nearly 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide! By switching to a reusable shopping bag you are saving money and reducing the impact on the environment. Reusable bags are inexpensive and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Although it may seem like a lot of time and effort to transfer all of your bills to paperless online billing, many banks and financial institutions have programs which allow you to pay bills right from your checking account. You’ll save on the cost of postage and save paper! And once the system is set up you’ll save time too.
These are just a few of the many ways you can “go green”. For more tips on going green, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.