There are many ways for you to go green in your own home. Insulation, water efficient toilets, and solar panels can help reduce your energy consumption, and over time, they can save you money. Unfortunately, these environmentally friendly solutions often require large, up-front investments and a lot of hassle with the installation work. But sustainable options don’t always have to be expensive or inconvenient—there are simpler solutions. Listed below are 12 tips for going green without seeing red.   

Living Spaces

  1. woman sprays plants in flowerpots by windowHouseplants. Potted plants are a cost-efficient way to brighten up your home and go green. Houseplants such as English ivy and bamboo palm remove indoor air pollutants and help you breathe easier

  2. Power strips. When electronic gadgets are plugged directly into an outlet, they will drain energy even if they are turned off. Even a cheap power strip will eliminate these “vampire loads,” conserve energy, and lower your energy bills in the long term.

  3. Donations. Americans have generated 254 million tons of trash in one year. Many of the household items that are thrown away, such as old appliances and furniture, could be given away to others. Donate old items to reduce waste as well as save money since most of these donations are tax-deductible.

  4. Recycled electronics. Electronic gadgets contain dangerous chemicals like lead, mercury, and arsenic. When these electronics are thrown into landfills, the chemicals end up in the ground and can seep into our water supply. Protect the environment by turning in old electronics to a recycling center.

Kitchen & Bathroom

    A bucket, towel, and natural cleaning products on a stand
  1. Eco-friendly cleaning products. You can make your own cleaning products with items from your fridge and pantry. It’s cost efficient, purer for your home, safer for children and pets, and free from dangerous chemicals that harm the environment.

  2. Reusable bags. Affordable and durable, reusable bags keep plastic bags from littering our landfills. Some stores will even offer you a discount for bringing your own bags.

  3. Water filters. If your family has a tendency to buy a lot of plastic water bottles, try purchasing a simple water filter and sturdy, reusable water bottles instead. While the up-front cost is higher, you’ll save money in the long run.

  4. High-efficiency showerheads. Before 1992, the average flow rate was 5.5 gallons per minute (gpm), resulting in a lot of wasted water. Newer, low-flow showerheads have a 2.5 gpm flow rate. They are inexpensive to install, and the decreased flow rate can lead to water savings of 25 to 60 percent.


  1. outdoor swiming pool with a shelterPool covers. Cover your pool when it’s not in use in order to minimize evaporation. Using a pool cover reduces pool-heating costs by 50 to 70 percent and improves water conservation by 30 to 50 percent.

  2. Tall grass blades. Conserve water and save money in the summer by raising the blades on your lawn mower. Taller grass blades will shield the soil from the sun, helping it retain water longer.

  3. Compost piles. Reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills and give your landscaping a boost by creating your own compost. It’s easy to do, and you’ll save money on yard-maintenance supplies.

  4. Eco-friendly pesticides. Protect your children, your pets, and the environment by using eco-friendly pesticides. You can buy biopesticides made from natural resources or use items from your fridge; for instance, beer can get rid of slugs.

These are just a few easy ways to go green with few additional costs to you. If you are interested in more tips, check out these painless ways to conserve energy in your home.

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