Earth Day Expense: How Being Green Could Cost You More

Posted on 04/18/2013

Kermit the Frog said it best, "It isn't easy being green." And as it turns out, it's not always cheap either. When Earth Day rolls around we all want to be green. It's a great idea to conserve and do what we can to protect our planet. But being green can come with a price. Here are five areas where being green will put a dent in your wallet.

Residential Wind Turbine System
If you're considering going off the grid and creating your own electricity through a Residential Wind Turbine System, do your research. The cost of these systems ranges from $15,000 to $21,000 including all parts and installation. While it may lower your utility costs by 30-60 percent each month, the Sierra Club estimates it will take between six and 30 years to make your money back.

Switching to Organic Food
According to the Environmental Working Group there are some foods that are worth spending more on organic options. On the top of their "Dirty Dozen" list are apples, celery and bell peppers. But filling your cart with only organic items will cost you considerably more. reports that organic salad mix is 111% more expensive than conventional. Organic eggs cost 195% more and organic poultry is 196% more.

Natural Mattresses
While you can pick up a mattress for a couple hundred dollars, you may be inviting toxic chemicals into your bedroom. However, natural, organic options will cost you quite a bit more. Take Essentia for example-- the world's only natural memory foam starts at $1,689.

CFL Bulbs
One of the easiest things you can do to conserve energy is to switch from incandescent bulbs to CFL's. They use a quarter of the energy, but cost about four times as much. You'll pay a few bucks for each CFL, compared to less than a dollar for a standard bulb. You should make your money back within six months as long as the bulb doesn't break.

Buying an Electric Car
While there are more hybrid and electric car models entering the market each year, they can still cost between $5,000-$8,000 more than comparable models that use gas. Take the Tesla for example. Created by the founder of PayPal, the Tesla Model S starts at $52,400. It will take a long time and many miles to justify the expense in terms of fuel costs.

By Alison Storm

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