Opting for a more ecofriendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. With a few small, low-stress changes you can help save the planet, create a healthier home and even save money.

1. Buy from the farmers market

Food in the United States can travel 1,000 miles or more before reaching your plate. All that shipping uses lots of natural resources, contributes to pollution and produces trash from extra packaging. Local food is a better green living fit: It generally comes from agricultural practices that do less harm to the planet.

2. Make your own cleaning solution

Everyday natural products like vinegar and baking soda can clean many things. Try this all-purpose cleaner recipe: one part white vinegar, one part water and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Pour the solution into a glass spray bottle and start cleaning.

3. Unplug devices when you’re not using them

Simply unplugging unused devices such as your TV can be a big energy saver. Many electronics consume energy even when they’re not on. This “phantom energy” loss can add 5 to 10 percent to your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, costing the average household $100 per year. Try this green living fix: Plug multiple electronics in a room into one power strip and switch it off when the devices aren’t in use.

4. Create natural shade

Planting a fast-growing tree will not only shade your house so you can use less AC, but it also will help absorb airborne carbon dioxide. Another green living perk: It’ll increase your property value over time. Planting trees west and northwest of your home will provide mid- to late-afternoon shade in most locations, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.

5. Go paperless

Paying your bills online, managing your bank account online, receiving publications in your inbox rather than your mailbox and using an app to see your insurance documents—these actions are not only convenient, but they also prevent a lot of paper waste.

6. Get a reusable water bottle

The amount of plastic water bottles that Americans buy in just one week is enough to circle the earth five times, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Save money—typically bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap water—and help cut waste by getting a reusable water bottle. Improve the flavor of tap water with this waste-less approach: Don’t toss your washed strawberry tops or apple, cucumber, or lemon peels. Just add them to your water to boost the taste.

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7. Commute by bicycle when possible

The benefits of cycling are many: A bike provides a fun, low-impact workout; doesn’t need fuel; consumes less energy to make than a car; and doesn’t require toxic batteries or motor oil. If you commute 10 miles or less, biking to work just twice a week could save you almost $36 a month, according to Kiplinger. If your commute is too far, consider biking for errands that are near your home.

8. Schedule to unplug digitally

Observe a weekly digital day of rest. For one day—or even an afternoon—a week, give yourself a break from electronics that aren’t vital. Not only does unplugging for a day help you recharge mentally, it will also cut your carbon emissions.

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