The Top Five Ways to Save Money and The Planet

Since fuel expenses, high food prices, and child-rearing costs are eating into our thrifty budgets, here are some simple, eco-friendly tips that can save some money. They all come directly from, which has another five money saving tips available for your perusal.  While you’re there, use their handy-dandy online calculator to estimate your carbon and cost savings.

Run your dishwasher only when it’s loaded to full capacity.  It’ll save you $40 per year and reduce your carbon emissions by a whopping 200 pounds.

Move your thermostat down two degrees when it’s cold and up two degrees when it’s hot.  This minor switch will save your family $98 annually and bring your carbon emissions down by two thousand pounds!

Take shorter showers.  Check out Crunchy Domestic Goddess’s post  on this.  She recently challenged her readers to time their showers and try to keep them to just five minutes per shower.  This really isn’t that challenging!  By reducing your showering time you could save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide and $99 per year.

Switch just three standard light bulbs in a highly used area of your home with compact fluorescent bulbs.  You’ll save $60 per year (and remember that they last for many, many years) and 300 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

If you have a car, make sure the tires are properly inflated by checking them regularly.  You’ll save a shocking $840 and 250 pounds of carbon dioxide. 

Why not give a few of these tips a whirl?  It’s like getting paid to save the planet!  We’d love to hear some of your budget friendly, earth friendly tips too. 


  1. Great post. I work for a company that manages and tracks gift cards, and I’ve been blogging about ways to save money on At my company, we’re pretty ecologically conscious. We have one guy that commutes on the train, then shuttles it to work. He lives in Corona, CA, and our office is in Irvine, CA. Then he rides his bike home. It’s about 40 miles. Our CEO, ditched his MBZ G500 for a hybrid. We recycle all our cans and bottles, that’s about $40-50/mo. Our COO, is obsessed over Whole foods and coupon clipping. As for me? I run my car off waste vegetable oil. I converted my car in January, and I haven’t paid for fuel since. It’s great. The more gas prices go up, the more money I save. Not to mention, it’s good for our planet. Anyways, you can check out my car on

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