The main reason why so many people today choose to invest in a solar power system in Hawaii is to save money. Of course, going green does come with many other perks, such as reducing your carbon footprint and increasing the overall value of your property, but truth be told, the idea of saving tens of thousands or even more in the long run is definitely the most appealing.

That in mind, did you know there are a lot more ways to save other than going solar?

Living a ‘greener’ life is beneficial for our wallet and it helps preserve our already fragile environment. Without any further ado, here are 5 ways to save, besides getting a solar power system in Hawaii.

1. Invest in a solar power system in Hawaii with a battery

Most people choosing to go solar today are also choosing to remain connected to the grid. If you already have grid power, it makes sense to keep it as backup, but if you’re really looking for the best ways to save in the long run, consider looking into solar batteries.

During the day, your PV system produces electricity, just like any other day and like any other solar system. The difference that a battery makes though, is significant!

2. Consider downsizing to save money

For some, downsizing means moving into a smaller home or apartment. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. By simply going through your things – especially through the appliances you don’t use – and purging all the unnecessary items, you may be able to live a simpler life and save a lot of money in the long run.

3. Replace energy hogging appliances with ones that use less energy

There’s no need to be a rocket scientist to know that nowadays, you can ‘upgrade’ your home and your appliances and live more energy efficient.

For instance, by simply replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, you can save up to 75% more energy! The same goes for your appliances.

If there’s anything in your home that’s old and can be replace with a modern, Energy Star-qualified item, you may be able to use even less energy that you usually do.

4. Ride your bike to work or take the bus if you can help it

Unless you drive an electric car or a hybrid, keep in mind that each time you drive back and forth to work, grocery store or anywhere else, for that matter, you’re polluting the environment.

Whenever you can, try carpooling, riding your bike to work, walking if it’s close enough or take the bus instead driving your car. This way, you’ll contribute to preserving the environment and you’ll save money at the same time, instead of spending it on gas.

5. Avoid spending money on unnecessary upgrades or other items

Have you installed a solar power system in Hawaii, but are still ‘upgrading’ your phone every couple years? By simply using your cell phone beyond the “normal” 2 year time frame, you can help reduce pollution, while also saving money. The same can be said about buying clothes you’re only going to wear once (or never), buying new furniture or upgrading your appliances.