When it comes to saving money, the usual tips range from sacrificing your daily cup of coffee to canceling your cable. But there are other ways to save to money that provide far-reaching benefit in addition to helping your budget.
Here are a few tips from Anthony Rodio, President & CEO, YourMechanic, the industry leader in mobile car repair on how to not only save money, but also do something good for yourself and the planet:
Buy an electric vehicle or get rid of your car altogether (if you live in an area with good public transit or alternative options like Zipcar).
In addition and also Depending on where you live, you can either get rid of your car altogether. As well as or consider trading in your gas guzzling vehicle for an electric car. Also, many states offer tax credits. To date, the most generous of which comes from Colorado at $5,000 tax credit for purchase and $2,500 for a lease. Most noteworthy, it is significantly cheaper to use an “electricity” gallon. It’s closer to $1.00 per gallon or less.
For example, in Louisiana, the cost of an e-gallon is $0.87. In the State of Washington it is $0.88 and in Arkansas it is $0.90.
Install solar panels on your home
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), retail residential electricity rates (the amount you pay per kilowatt-hour, or ¢/kWh) have risen. They have risen across the nation at a rate of about 4% on average over the last 10 years. This rate change can vary significantly based on which state you live. By installing solar, you are girding yourself against those constantly increasing costs. In conclusion and more importantly the EXTRA Bonus points if you have an electric vehicle! Then you can power your car using free energy produced by the solar panels.
Grow your own food and eat less meat:
Growing your own fruits and veggies is fairly simple and can cost just a few dollars. However, it does take time to recoup your investment – especially if those plants don’t produce immediately such as grapes or a fruit tree. Another way to save costs is to eat less meat. According to theBureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend about 21% of their monthly food bill on meat. By reducing that amount, you can save a significant amount of money.
Preventative care / Be proactive
More interestingly, exercising every day can have a major impact on your health. Also, taking the time to do preventative care and maintenance on your home, or car can pay huge dividends. Therefore Services like YourMechanic.com, the industry leader in mobile car repair, will send a mechanic to fix your car to your house.
In conclusion, YourMechanicis the industry leader in mobile car repair, offering more than 600 repair, maintenance, and diagnostic services. YourMechanic is available in the top 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. YourMechanic connects mobile mechanics to customers who seek affordable, convenient, and honest car repair services at their home or office, seven days a week. Mobile mechanics enjoy flexible hours and higher pay than at a shop or dealership. Founded in 2012, YourMechanic has secured $32 million in funding. YourMechanic won TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2012 and holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Headquartered in Mountain View, California, YourMechanic is funded by SoftBank Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, Ashton Kutcher, Data Point Capital, and others. For more information on YourMechanic, to book a service, or to view current career opportunities, visitwww.YourMechanic.com.
The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from:
# Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions)
# Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
# Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel
# Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky
# Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley
# Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke
# Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley
# Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea
# and more green living books to follow.