06/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Eco Homes Save You Money

There's a rumor going around that needs to be uprooted: ECO-friendly homes cost more money. This is just absolutely false. Sure, purchasing Leonardo DiCaprio's pad that was featured on Hollywood Green would set you back some cash, but there are many ways in which an eco-friendly home can actually save you money, should you decide to start converting the components of your own home. Here are some ways that eco homes can actually save you money:

  • UTILIZE CAR POOLS. Taking the extra effort to organize car pools amongst neighbors and friends will actually save you money-and a lot of it considering how expensive gas is right now.
  • CLOTHING/HOME GOOD EXCHANGE PARTIES. Gathering your friends for an evening of exchanging the things you no longer use is not only fun, but it saves you shopping money in the long run and reduces waste.
  • DON'T BE AFRAID OF TAP WATER. Not all tap water is bad. In fact, some of it has been rated as pretty excellent. Nowadays, everyone is so obsessed with buying huge packages of individual bottles of water that not only are they using more plastic than necessary, but they're also losing money! If your tap water is good, why not drink it?
  • HANG DRY YOUR CLOTHING. This helps the environment and your wallet, as well. You'll be amazed at how much money you start saving on your energy bill each month by doing this.
  • REDUCE YOUR MEAT INTAKE. Not only is meat more expensive than veggies, but meat production is actually bad for the environment. Cut down on your meat intake and save yourself some money while you're at it.

  • GROW A GARDEN. If you're growing your own veggies, not only are you the one in charge of whether or not they are being sprayed with chemicals, but it's also a lot cheaper than buying veggies.

  • USE LOW ENERGY LIGHT BULBS. They use 80% less energy and they last for 15 times as long as regular light bulbs. Why not use them?

  • TURN YOUR COMPUTERS OFF. They burn tons of energy and it's not very good for your computer to be left on all of the time. So turn it off and save money.

  • USE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES. You'll save money in the long run (batteries are getting expensive!) and reduce waste.

  • ALWAYS TURN THE LIGHTS OFF. Leaving the lights off isn't just about turning them off when you leave the room. It's also about not having them on when you don't necessarily need them. Candles are always a pleasant alternative, as well.

As you can see, living in an eco friendly home does actually SAVE you money. On top of that, it doesn't require a whole lot of work to switch over to a more eco friendly lifestyle.