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COST-EFFICIENT TIPS FOR ECO-FRIENDLY CONSUMERISM

Updated: Jun 10

People are becoming more environmentally conscious than they once were, and eco-friendly companies are growing in popularity. A survey of some 20,000 adults throughout five countries showed that one-third were eager to support brands they saw as doing environmental good. If you want to join this movement but are worried about money, don’t stress: It’s actually possible to buy sustainable products that are also budget-friendly. Find out how to go about it below.


Use cash-back websites to buy high-quality, eco-conscious products


Websites like Rakuten allow you to obtain coupon codes and earn cash back on your purchases. Tese platforms offer a great selection of products for your home such as decor and furniture, and you’re bound to find eco-friendly options. Whether you need a new lamp for the living room or are scoping out home appliance deals, you can use cash rewards from one purchase and put them toward other products on the site. Many such platforms also let you sign up for email alerts, and get coupons and promo codes delivered right to your inbox.


With the money savings this allows for, you can invest in higher-quality items than you normally would. While it might seem smart to pinch pennies and get the cheapest goods possible, these poor-quality items won’t last as long and can actually harm the environment due to high amounts of waste. This is especially true for big-ticket items like furniture, bags, and luggage. Invest in better manufacturing and materials, and you will reap rewards for yourself and the environment.


Look for rebate offers and tax credits on energy-efficient appliances


As much as half of the energy you use at home goes to your heating and cooling needs. Upgrading your HVAC system to an energy-efficient model will save you money on utilities in the long run. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it’s possible to save anywhere from 5 to 30% on heating and cooling costs when you transition to energy efficient devices.


You can even get great deals on such cutting-edge HVAC systems and save yourself money upon purchase. For example, some contractors offer hundreds of dollars worth of rebates if you rely on them for the purchase and installation of a new system. Consumers Energy has an online database that allows you to find participating contractors in your area.


On top of that, it’s possible to get federal tax credits when you take steps to make your home more energy efficient. Many states also offer financial incentives for upgrading. For instance, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offers low-interest loans to residents that opt to invest in an Energy Star system. The initial home energy assessment cost is even free or reduced for most state residents.


Support retailers who encourage you to bring your own packaging



Product packaging has a major impact on the environment. What’s more, some retailers will charge you extra for bags, putting a dent in your budget as well. In an effort to reduce needless plastic and paper packaging, get your own tote bags for shopping and support retailers who encourage this lifestyle. For example, coffee shops like Starbucks give you a discount if you bring your own reusable cup with you.


Follow these tips to eco-friendly shopping and you won’t just be helping the planet, you will also be helping your wallet. That’s something to feel good about. In fact, research has shown that acting environmentally friendly boosts self-image and makes us feel good. With these guidelines, you can reap the rewards—emotionally and financially—of an environmentally friendly lifestyle.


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