Many of us have not grown up "thinking green" unless it was our favorite Crayola color. It is second nature for us to find the best deal or the "bigger and better" option. Now, we need to rethink and consider "green" when we make purchases. Not only are green products good for the environment, but in the long run, they are good for your bank account. Sure, some products may cost more out of the gate, but down the road, you'll realize savings.
Appliances are often automatically researched by name brand, capacity, size, and even color. Now, add "Energy Star" to your requirements. Your new appliances will save you energy month after month. Consider too...do you really need the biggest refrigerator on the block? Purchasing appliances that fit your needs can save you money right away and in future energy costs.
Televisions are often judged by flat screen, size, and color clarity. Many newer televisions draw more electricity than older models. Spend some time researching options such as LED TVs. Don't forget to consider repairing your current set as well.
Getting a new roof? What will solar panels cost to add? How much can you save on electricity costs? Are there any federal and state tax benefits? You may find adding a solar panel repays you in spades as the years go by.
Anything you purchase - from groceries to cars - can benefit from a bit of research. To help get you started...visit Consumer Reports' Green Choices.