When it comes to the environment, it can be pretty difficult to do what’s best for the world and still keep the comforts that we’ve come to love. Fortunately, there are a few things we can do for the environment that’ll also help us get one of the things we all could use a little more of—money. Here are three easy ways to help the environment that’ll also put a little cash in your pocket.
Recycle For Cash
When it comes to taking care of the environment, recycling is one of the first things we learn how to do. Separating plastic, paper, and aluminum items from the rest of our waste is perhaps the easiest way to keep our world clean. However, a lot of us don’t keep the practice in our own homes or neighborhood, which is unfortunate because it could help us keep our communities clean and even make us some money.
That’s right, depending on your location, there are recycling centers that are willing to pay you for everything from plastic water bottles and cardboard, to broken electronics and copper. While it won’t have you rolling in dough, it could potential put an extra $30 to $100 in your pocket at the end of every month as long as you consistently collect recyclable items.
To see what options are available to you, search “recycling for cash” along with your zip code and find your nearest recycling center. If you have broken phones or tablets lying around, also check to see if there is an EcoATM kiosk in your area.
Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies
1/3 of all food produced in the world is never eaten or goes to waste. This poses a huge environmental problem simply because it contributes to the waste of fresh water, excess greenhouse gases, and unnecessary food shortages. Yes, food waste is a global issue and even if you are blessed with the ability to keep food on your plate, this issue is something that still impacts you—especially when it comes to saving money.
A lot of grocery stores are starting to implement anti-food waste programs. This means that all of the fruits and vegetables that are being wasted simply because they’re bruised or impaired in some way, are now being offered at a discount. You can now buy things like sweet potatoes, onions, apples, pears, and the like, for up to 50% off.
Here’s a complete list of stores currently participating. If you can’t find your local grocery store, try Misfits Market—a marketplace that offers imperfect produce for much cheaper than grocery store prices and will even deliver right to your door.
Change How You Use Energy
By now we all know that being efficient with our energy usage can significantly reduce of carbon footprint and how much we have to cash out for our utility bill. But being efficient is more than just turning off the lights when you’re not using them. It actually requires very simple lifestyle changes that can make a difference in your personal impact on the environment and even lower your bill by 25%. A few ways to save energy:
- Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Here’s a list of what qualifies and what doesn’t.
- Plug all your electronics into a smart power strip that turns off the power to devices when they aren’t in use.
- Insulate your home.
- Install energy-efficient windows.
- Be strategic about how and when you use your thermostat and lights. Check your utility bill to see which hours you use electricity the most and alter it.