We all want to save money, and the vast majority of us want to do our bit to save the planet too. The good news is that cutting costs and protecting the environment go hand in hand. If you’re looking for simple ways to live a greener lifestyle on a budget, here are some suggestions to take on board.
Cut out unnecessary energy usage
Take a look around your living room or your kitchen. What do you see? Do you see flashing images on TV sets, washing machines and dishwashers running and standby lights illuminating darkened spaces? We all rely on electrical appliances, but often, we waste energy. If you tend to leave the lights on when you leave the room, you only fill the washing machine or dishwasher half-full, or you never switch the TV off at the socket, you could be wasting a substantial amount of energy. Reducing energy consumption is beneficial both for your wallet and the planet as a whole. Use a smart meter to keep an eye on your energy usage, turn the lights off when they’re not required, and switch appliances off at the plug. If you can get used to these basic habits, you might notice a real difference when your bills arrive.
Have you got any idea how much water you use each week or month? Water is something most of us take for granted. We assume that it will be there whenever we need it. The truth is that clean water supplies are becoming depleted rapidly. This means that the more water you can save at home, the better. Think about how long you really need to spend in the shower or how frequently you fill the bath to the top. Take shorter showers, turn the taps off when you don’t need water, for example, when you’re brushing your teeth, and think about buying plastic water tanks. Water tanks are used to collect rainwater, and they provide a valuable source of water for the home and garden. If you have a tank, you can save on water bills, and you don’t need to worry about hosepipe bans or restrictions during dry spells. Another excellent way to save water is to invest in an eco-friendly, low flush toilet.
Leave the car at home
If you’re sick of paying for petrol, why not leave the car at home and explore greener ways of getting from A to B? Sometimes, you need to drive, but often, we make non-essential trips in the car. If you’re guilty of driving to the corner shop, or you drive your children to school when you could walk, for example, try and cut down on driving, and cycle, walk or use public transport instead. Cycling and walking are free, and you may find that you save a substantial amount by using your car less frequently. If you have no choice but to drive, it’s worth taking a look at green vehicles, which have very low emissions. Although the initial outlay may be higher with an electric car or a hybrid, for example, these modern cars represent much better value for money in the long-term.
If you’re eager to save the environment and cut household costs, hopefully, these simple steps will set you on the right path.