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Here's How To Greenify Your Family's Home On Any Budget

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Household finances can be tricky when raising a family. How much we make, and how much things cost, obviously factor into the decisions we make. But there may be more worth thinking about. What about the environment? How can we make greener, energy-efficient purchases without breaking the bank, or invest in eco-friendly goods that may have a higher upfront cost, but will save us money in the long run? What is the best strategy to employ, in order to live green, stay within budget, and do our future selves a few favors? 

Every household is different, but there are a few options to consider, some of which require more of an upfront investment (and offer more long-term payoff) than others. 

Lowering energy bills can help your family save money and reduce your impact on the environment. There are several ways to save without making any big purchases. First, consider instituting an "unplug rule," and unplug any electronic device that isn't currently being used. It sounds simple, but it can be hard to break the habit of leaving phone chargers and computer cables plugged in at all times. To make things easier, consider buying some fairly inexpensive "smart" power strips that can turn off all connected devices when you turn off a "control" device, such as a T.V.