Saving Money is Good for the Environment

I have been thinking a lot about monthly cash flow and what can be done to earn extra money or to save money.  As a result, I have been brainstorming and couldn’t help but think that most of the quick things that I was coming up with were not only good for my wallet but good for the earth as well.

Making Extra Money

The big idea that I came up with and which I already do is to recycle.  We recycle all of our aluminum cans.  I even bring them home from work so I can take them in to the scrap yard.  The last time I took them (in October), I was able to make $110 from recycling.  That represented about a year’s worth of cans that were kept in my garage so when I finally got around to cleaning the garage, it was worth it.

We also recycle our magazines by taking them to Half Price Books and selling them.  I can usually get $3 or $4 for a stack of 20-30 magazines.  It is not a lot but does allow me to occasionally purchase a used book from the store.  Plus, I feel good knowing that my old magazines won’t end up in a landfill.

Saving Money

Most of the ways I was thinking about saving money were also good for the environment.  With $4 per gallon gasoline, saving gas by driving appropriately, combining trips, and walking or carpooling when able will release less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and put more money in my pocket.

Using less electricity and natural gas by turning up the thermostat in summer and turning down the thermostat in winter is also a good idea to save money and Mother Nature.  I hope you get the idea.

Waste Not, Increase Profits

I can’t help but think of Wal-Mart when it comes to saving money.  Regardless your thoughts about the company’s competitive practices, treatment of employees, or squeezing suppliers for the best possible price, Wal-Mart does know how to save money by being frugal.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been in the store and seen those cardboard boxes stating how much each returned box will save the company.  Millions and millions of those cardboard boxes is some serious cash.  I am also glad those boxes don’t end up in landfills.

I am surprised that other companies are not more aggressive at being green.  It would seem to me that there is a lot of waste at companies across the country from leaving lights on in empty offices overnight to equipment and machinery that is sitting unused and could be refurbished or sold to someone who might put it to better use.  I would think that the pursuit of profits would just encourage thriftiness, but maybe I am just being naive.

I want to reexamine everything that I do and everything that I own to see how I might be able to simply my life, improve my cash flow, and be more green all at the same time.

What are your thoughts about being green and saving money?  Compatible and complimentary or not?

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