Eco-Friendly Apps to help you Save Green [Infographic]

When someone says they are “going green,” what do you think of? For the most part, being more eco-friendly is associated with recycling plastic and cardboard, buying a reusable water bottle and shopping bags, and sourcing local, organic food. While these activities will definitely help the earth, they still take a fair bit of time, money, and effort—which not all people have. For those without those resources, or who just don’t know where to begin, the whole concept of “going green” can seem a little daunting and overwhelming.

The good news is that it certainly doesn’t have to be! Environmentally conscious companies have realized the need for eco-friendly apps that make going green as easy as pressing “download.” In such a technologically advanced world, it is now entirely possible to go green from the convenience of your smartphone and comfort of your own home—all while saving a little money at the same time.

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Do you know how much water and energy your last shower used? Showers are one of the most water and energy intensive devices in your home. They can make up to 25% of your yearly water and energy consumption and have a significant environmental footprint. Most showers waste a lot of warm water that just flows directly down the drain.

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Eco-friendly Stain Removers [Visual]

Did you know that washing your clothes with a washing machine impacts the environment? For example, if you use hot water, your washer not only consumes water, it also requires electricity to heat the water to the right temperature. Over time, this increases your environmental footprint. To get an idea of how this looks over a long period of time, the average American household uses over 13,000 gallons of water a year washing clothes alone!

That’s bad for the environment and for your budget. Fortunately, there are some great eco-friendly stain remover alternatives out there that you can apply in the home. What’s more, many of these hacks only require the products and ingredients you have sitting in your pantry already.

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Flower blooms by Season [Visual]

Fresh flowers can make any space come to life. While buying flowers can be expensive, purchasing fresh, seasonal blooms can save you money and help reduce your carbon footprint.

Local flower stores can purchase in-season blooms from local farms and greenhouses, rather than having to ship out of season flowers in. This makes it both more cost effective and healthier for the environment to buy in season flowers.

While spring and summer are the most popular blooming seasons, there are beautiful bulbs in every season available to consumers. In addition, there are also plenty of year-round blooms that are always available.

Zola created this seasonal blooming guide to showcase all of the seasonal blooms for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Bookmark this page so you always know what’s in season, so you can make more eco-friendly flower choices next time you purchase fresh blooms.

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The anatomy of a Green Home [Infographic]

We’re constantly thinking of new and creative ways to save money, from clothing swaps to no-spend days to making your coffee instead of buying it. Often times, coming up with inventive ways to save money takes time and effort, and often leaves us feeling like we’re missing out — but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Making eco-friendly changes, whether big or small, to your home can have a huge impact on both the planet and your wallet. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, making your home greener can save anywhere from $723–$1182 annually. Whether you’re looking to build, remodel, or simply spruce up your home, there are opportunities in every room to make more sustainable choices.

If you’ve never looked into eco-friendly home improvements, you may not even know where to start. The animation below outlines the anatomy of a green home and gives 24 suggestions on how to go green and save green.

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