Go Green in Your Santa Cruz Home to Save Green

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Is it really possible to go green and save money without spending all your free time recycling?  Yes, if you start small and think sensibly.  You don’t have to singlehandedly save the planet.
Keep reading for a few simple things you can do in your Santa Cruz home this week to help the environment, save money and enjoy still enjoy your free time.

Make It

OK, you may be thinking, there’s no way I’m going to get into making a bunch of stuff.  Hear me out before you throw in the towel.  You can quickly, easily and inexpensively make green household cleaners.  All you need are a few inexpensive ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and lemon.

Buy in Bulk

Do this in a practical way.  Don’t worry about all that time consuming extreme couponing.  Stock up on staples with a long shelf life like canned goods and paper products, when they’re on sale. 

Reuse

Don’t go crazy trying to figure out how to reuse your aluminum foil or dryer lint.  Instead, get a water filter and a reusable water bottle; then stop buying bottled water.

Do-It-Yourself

You’ll save serious money when you tackle a few weekend projects to maintain or upgrade your Santa Cruz home.  Consider the cost of heating and cooling.  If you add weather-stripping, install a programmable thermostat or improve your insulation, you’ll save big utility bucks.

Borrow instead of Buying

How many times have you actually reread all of the books on your shelf?  Once or twice? Rediscover your public library.  It’s an amazing place these days that has gone way beyond just books.  They now have audio books, e-books, DVDs and video games.  All for free!

Want to buy a green Santa Cruz home?  I can help you find a home that’s already green or that’s easy to convert.  Give me a call today at 831-662-6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.

For more information, please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

About Lauren Spencer

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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