Tips for Spring Cleaning + Saving
It is hard not to think about the upcoming spring season as we burn through the last days of winter! When you think of spring, what do you think of? Many homeowners will say, “ugh, cleaning!”.
What if we told you there was more to spring than just cleaning out your garage? Here are a few tips and tricks that will have you springing into action when you learn about the potential savings!
Go LED with Lights
Picture it. Soft, bright and natural lighting options that last for years and helps you save on your utilities. This fantasy isn’t a dream, but it’s a reality when you switch the bulbs in your house to LED bulbs.
Did you know that “LEDs use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.” This means that you’ll spend far less over time when you switch to LED lighting. These futuristic lights are available for indoor and outdoor use, and the good news? The cost of LED lighting has also decreased dramatically since they have entered the market, and are expected to continue declining. While incandescent bulbs are cheaper on a short-term basis, LED bulbs will help save you more money in the long run because they last longer and require a very low amount of energy for use.
One of the most popular activities when it comes to springtime is an old-fashioned garage sale. Having a garage sale is a great way to make a little extra money, free up some space and, believe it or not, help the environment. Garage sales are the homeowner embodiment of the classic green motto “reduce, reuse, recycle”.
According to the New York Times, a well-thought-out garage sale can generate about $500 to $1,000 in profit. If you don’t care as much about making a quick buck, you could always donate old clothes or toys to a local shelter, organization or church. Once this step is all said and done, you have potentially profited from the garage sale, freed up space or repurposed old items for further use. What could be better?
Recycling Old Materials
Let’s turn some of your old trash into cash! Look around your home, garage, basement or shed and start collecting items that you no longer use but could still be of some value. Below is a list of items you may have at home collecting dust that could put some extra cash in your wallet.
- Aluminum Cans
- Glass and Plastic Bottles
- Ink Cartridges
- Electronics/ Electronic Waste (batteries)
- Scrap Metal
While they may not make you a ton of money, the items listed will still help you add a little extra padding in your wallet. For example, depending on where you live, you can get up to $45 per ton of cardboard, up to $10 for used car batteries and $2 back at Staples for old ink cartridges.
However, it is important to remember that even if you aren’t recycling these items for cash, it is essential to make sure the electronic waste does not end up in your local landfill.
Soak Up the Sun
Last but not least, one of the best ways to save money this spring (and every other season, for that matter) is to make the switch to solar energy!
Every day, more homeowners across the country install solar panels on their homes and enjoy a lifetime of savings and incentives. Depending on where you live, “the average home can save between $10,000 and $30,000 over the lifetime of your solar panel system.” For example, in the state of New Jersey, the annual cost of electricity is about $1, 512. Multiply this by 30 years which equals about $45,360. Switching to solar would help you save $15,000 in your lifetime.
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