Saving with 6abc: Going green can help reduce waste, save money

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — As we all return to our daily routines, how about making some simple changes to yours to reduce waste and save money?

Our daily habits can sometimes take a toll on our budget and the environment, but with a few changes, you can save a lot of green by going green.

“Replace your old lightbulbs with new LED lightbulbs. These can put a heavy strain on your electricity bill. Another way to further increase these savings is to actually replace them with smart lightbulbs,” said Dan Wroclawski of Consumer Reports.

You save because you can program smart lightbulbs to turn off automatically. They can be expensive, so CR recommends using one from Wyze, which offers automation at a relatively lower cost than most.

Next, if your family likes that daily dose of soda or seltzer, save money with a soda maker. If you drink a liter of seltzer a day for about 90 cents, the $80 SodaStream Terra will pay for itself in four months.

And how about swapping out your paper towels for reusable ones?

“Reusable paper towels offer a paper-free alternative that’s better for the earth and saves money,” said Paul Hope, also of Consumer Reports.

CR recommends the MioEco towels, but to save even more they recommend using washcloths and if they get too stained use them for outdoor use.

And finally, you’re thinking about replacing your gas guzzler with an electric vehicle.

“With improvements in nationwide charging networks, more affordable EVs entering the market, and increasing range through advances in battery technology, many barriers to EV ownership are showing signs of breaking down over time,” said Jeff Bartlett by Consumer Reports.

And EVs typically cost less to run.

“EVs have fewer moving parts and fewer fluids to change. Even the brakes tend to last longer. In addition, the cost of powering the car is also much lower, especially now with increased gas prices,” Bartlett said.

More affordable models include the Hyundai Kona, Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet Bolt, which start at $26,595 and price the Bolt about $20,000 off the average new car price.

And remember, some electric vehicles are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit.

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