There are significant economic benefits to sustainable living, like breathing clean, fresh air, and having parks where our grandchildren can play. Sometimes the benefits of sustainability can seem elusive and intangible, but when you start to see the savings in your bank account, reusing, reducing, recycling, and refusing start to have real benefits.
Saves on Utility Bills
At first, going green will cost you a bit of money. Filling your home with energy-efficient appliances, light-bulbs, and water-conserving solutions will cost a little up-front, but once you have made your home green, you can sit back and count the savings. You’ll soon see a big difference in your energy and water bills.
Insulate Your Home
To save on your utility bills, you have to insulate your home. If you don’t properly seal your doors and windows, your heating and AC units are going to be working overtime to control the indoor climate. By insulating your home and getting eco-friendly windows, you will help to reduce your energy bills.
Saves on Recycled Products
We all need to be recycling, but we also need to buy recycled products. Another way to save money is to reuse materials and products. The more creative you get with reusing and repurposing, the more you are going to save on having to buy new stuff. We tend to throw things away long before they are used, which will cost you more because you are replacing items sooner than necessary. The longer you can make something last, the more money you’ll save.
Recycled products are often more sturdy and last longer than new products, making them a better and much more sustainable option.
Saves on Healthcare
Recycling and going green reduces pollution and makes the air we breath fresher and healthier. A healthy environment means fewer diseases and fewer doctor visits. Being sick has higher costs than just the price of medicine and doctor’s appointments. When you are sick, you are unable to work and take care of your family. Green and sustainable initiatives are like preventative healthcare. Preventative measures are always cheaper than having to pay for the many costs of being sick and unhealthy.
Besides seeing some significant savings on your household bills, the biggest economic benefits to reusing, reducing, recycling, and refusing are the creation of jobs. Going green has stimulated the economy and created a whole new sector that comes with hundreds of thousands of jobs.
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