It can be hard to think green during the hot, sticky month of August. The good news is there are still lots of ways to go green and also save some money.
Here’s five green ways to save money this month.
Be smart with your water usage. Did you know that the average outdoor hose uses ten gallons of water per minute? Lawns and gardens tend to need extra water in the August heat, but it can easily get excessive. Be sure to water early in the morning or later in the evening, rather than in the heat of the day when much of the water will evaporate. Also be sure sprinklers and watering systems are not turned on automatically even when there’s been a recent rain. If kids like to play in the water outside, use the sprinkler to water drying parts of the yard and move it after a few minutes or use a kiddie pool or squirt guns for water play instead. You might also consider investing in a rain barrel to collect water for your garden. These can be found locally through the Mankato Craig’s List and many communities offer them at reduced costs.
Skip the back-to-school madness. Yes, your children will need a few supplies and should have some nicer clothes that still fit. There’s no reason to spend hundreds of dollars, though. Shop garage sales and local thrift stores (here’s a list of Mankato area thrift stores) and only buy what your children actually need. For more green back to school ideas, click here.
Serve lots of no-cook meals. There’s no sense heating your kitchen even more by baking, boiling and frying in this heat. No-cook meals are perfect for summer. They tend to be cheaper, healthier and easier on the cook too! Some simple no-cook menu ideas include:
- Make-your-own sub sandwiches or wraps (put out a variety of toppings)
- Watermelon slices
- Green smoothies
- Gazpacho (cold tomato and vegetable soup)
- Stuffed pita sandwiches
- Fruit mixes
Make your own sunscreens and bug repellents. There’s still plenty of time to get burned and bitten yet this summer. Go greener with your summer products by making them yourself.
Head to the farmers’ market. You can find great deals (and the best tasting produce) right now at your local farmers’ market. The Mankato Farmers’ Market is hosting an anniversary celebration this Saturday with some extra fun, too.
Have a great, green August!