It’s a common misconception that being green and eco-friendly can be quite expensive. But we think the exact opposite. Sure, some products can have a bigger price tag than the not so eco-friendly products, but do you really need those? By being eco-friendly, you will ultimately be using fewer resources and therefore saving money.
We’ve compiled a list of things you can do around the home to save money, that will also be great for the environment!
1) Replace your light globes with LEDs.
2) Make sure your home is properly insulated. You use less energy for heating/cooling, and you'll save on your electricity bill.
3) Install double-glazed windows, similar to the insulation tip above.
4) Switch to solar energy to save on the electricity bills.
5) Unplug appliances when not in use and turn off all electrical outlets.
6) Fix things when they break, instead of having to purchase new replacements. (Youtube has lots of great tutorials on home DIY repairs)
7) Turn off the lights!
8) Buy energy-efficient rated appliances.
9) Borrow before you buy, for any clothes, kitchen appliances, or tools.
10) Use what you have before purchasing anything new
11) Buy secondhand on Gumtree, Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, or your local community buy swap sell group.
12) Make your own DIY cleaning products. Just a few ingredients can clean so many parts of your house.
1) Cook your meals from scratch.
2) Grow your own food.
3) Eat less meat.
4) Eat less processed foods.
5) Use less water. Don't leave the tap running when washing dishes, just fill the sink with enough for what you need to clean.
6) Choose fruit and veg that is local and seasonal, instead of ones imported from far away!
7) Home compost your food-waste instead of adding to landfill. Your new homegrown veggies will love the nutrient-rich soil!
1) Use less water, have shorter showers, and switch off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.
2) Install a slow-flow/water-saver shower head.
3) Make your own DIY beauty products.
1) Only wash when the machine is full.
2) Wash on cold, you don’t need to use the energy to heat the water. Your clothes will be just as clean and won't shrink!
3) Line-dry/hang-dry clothes, instead of using the dryer machine whenever possible. (This saves energy, and your clothes won't shrink, and will last longer!)
4) When you do have to use the dryer, use drying balls, these will help dry clothes quicker and are reusable.
1) Go paperless. You don’t need paper copies of everything when it is already in an email, or you have electronic copies on your computer or phone.
2) Cycle, walk, carpool, or catch public transport to work, good for your health and the environment.
There you have it! Start implementing these easy steps and start saving money in all areas of your home! The planet, your wallet, and your health will all thank you!
If you have any more tips to add, please let us know! We always love to hear them!