As a military family, you’ve already made a commitment to defend and protect your country. The job is not without sacrifices, but the rewards are great. The same can be said for making a commitment to the environment. By implementing these eco-friendly home improvements now, you can save plenty of money in the long run and reduce the negative effects to our planet.

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1. Buy Energy Star appliances – Replace your outdated washer, hot water heater, dishwasher, and refrigerator with energy-efficient models. Each appliance you replace will save you upwards of $75 a year on energy costs alone. Many states also offer tax credits and rebates for those installing Energy Star appliances. Look for the blue star and save.

2. Use water-saving devices – American households use an average of 80 to 100 gallons of water per person, per day. The quickest way to reduce the amount of water flowing out of your house is to correct the flow itself. Install low-flow toilets and water-saving showerheads and reduce your monthly water bill.

3. Plant synthetic grass – Synthetic grass has come a long way from the plastic green carpet on grandma’s front porch. Today’s faux foliage looks and feels like the real deal. Even better, it never needs watering, mowing, or fertilizing. Insects leave it alone, so there’s no need for environmentally harmful insecticides. In summer, your lawn can suck up 125 gallons of water per day. Install some fake green and put some real green back in your pocket.

4. Install programmable thermostats – A little adjustment goes a long way. Invest in programmable thermostats that automatically turn your heating and cooling systems up, down, or off when no one is home. Adjust the heat to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 in the summer, and save as much as 15% on your energy bill. It’s a little change that makes a big difference to the environment and your budget.

Although the initial financial outlay of these money saving ideas may seem counterproductive, the benefits outweigh the costs. Keep in mind that Armed Forces loans from Just Military Loans are available for those looking to do a complete eco-friendly overhaul or those who need a financial hand with small modifications. Protect the environment just as you protect your country, and reap both the savings and the rewards.

How is your military family helping the environment? What do you do to save on energy and water bills? We want to hear your tips and tricks!