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How to ‘go green’ on a budget

Curtains can help you "go green."

Curtains can help you "go green."

Yesterday marked the 44th annual Earth Day- a celebration honoring the environment. Even though this occasion is always celebrated on April 22, it's important to follow eco-friendly practices 365 days a year. If you want to "go green" on a budget, take a look at some of these helpful tips:

  • Donate items you don't need any more: Why throw away old belongings when you can donate them? For instance, instead of disposing of your old magazines or newspapers, bring them to your doctor's office of give them to a local school. After all, one person's trash is another's treasure.
  • Don't use plastic bags: Instead of using plastic bags to transport your groceries, bring your own reusable bag to the store. Also, don't pack your lunch in disposable bags each day and opt for a thermos instead.
  • Hang your clothes out to dry: Now that it's spring, you can limit your use of the dryer and simply hang your laundry outside to dry. Not only will this save you a lot of energy (and money), but your clothes will also smell as fresh as a spring day!
  • Recharge your batteries: "Use rechargeable batteries for your remote controls," suggests Nandini Sharma for Life Hacker. "The normal batteries that we use have to be thrown away after use but they are not disposed off easily. Rechargeable batteries would cost you less and save you the recurring cost of buying new batteries every two months."

For more healthy home tips, be sure to follow our blog or browse our website. Not only do drapes look stylish in your home, but they can also help keep cool air inside of your home this spring and summer, making them an eco-friendly choice!