Here's a few tips that can help you go green and save money at the same time.
Save energy to reduce your utility bills
Making some small adjustments around the house can make a big difference to your energy bills.
- Replace your bulbs with LED lights.
- Turn your lights off when you don’t need them.
- Turn off monitors and computers at the end of the day.
- Unplug devices. Energy consumed by electronic devices in standby mode accounts for 5% to 10% of household energy use.
- Wash your clothes in cold water if possible.
- Hang your clothes up to dry rather than use a clothes drier.
- Only run full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
The cost of petrol keeps going up, so before jumping in your car consider walking, biking, carpooling or taking public transport. You’ll save money, help the environment and even get a little fitter.
Say no to Fast Fashion
Fast fashion is cheap in quality and price, and they don’t last long. Research has shown that 80 per cent of our textile purchases end up in the landfill. Set yourself a shopping allowance and spend your money on quality not quantity so your clothing last longer. Also research brands that make their clothes ethically and sustainably.
Buy in bulk
If possible buy in bulk to reduce packaging. That means less waste in landfills and more money in your pocket.
Installing solar panels on your home is a great way to save money on your energy bills over a long period of time.
Grow your own produce
If you have the space set up a vegetable patch or add a fruit tree or two to your property.
Use reusable alternatives
Single use products, especially plastics ones, tend to end up in landfill. Replace single use products like water bottles, straws and plastic bags with reusables and reduce your weekly grocery bill.