5 Ways to Save Money by Going Green This Summer
Consider these sizzling summer savers:
1. Support your local farmers and economy by shopping at farmers’ markets and picking your own fruits and veggies.
To get started, go to usda.gov and search “farmers markets”. We have farmers markets in Fayetteville, Oak Hill, and Mt Hope. Check them out!
Local produce is fresh and healthy, and it leaves a smaller carbon footprint since it’s transported less. Plus, prices are low (and often negotiable), and it’s more family fun than a trip to the money-sucking Cineplex.
2. Put your butt in gear rather than your car.
Forty percent of the driving we do is within two miles of where we live. Make a pact this summer to walk or bicycle whenever the trip is two miles or less. Your bank account — and Mother Nature — will thank you for it.
3. Rediscover your public library.
Libraries are not only FREE, but they’re COOL. Use the library’s air conditioning rather than your own; read and attend summer programs at your local branch. And remember, many libraries loan movies too.
5. Set your AC at 75 (or even 78) degrees.
I really start to sweat when I see how fast the wheel is going around on the electric meter when the AC is turned on. You can reduce your summer cooling costs by about 4% for every degree warmer you set the thermostat, according to Lee Schipper of UC Berkeley
Adapted from thedailygreen.com.