How to Go Green and Save Money

green livingMany of us are interested in going green and saving money whilst saving the planet. But actually, it could be difficult to go green if you’re new to the idea. Below are some simple ways to get green and to save you money.

Save Energy

This is actually one of the easiest ways to save money and save the planet. Think about everything that is switched on in your home in one day – every electrical object, lights, gas hob, electric oven etc. Do you leave them switched on? Do you turn them off?

  • Save money by turning your heating down by two or three degrees every day.
  • Switch to energy saving light-bulbs – although they’re more expensive to start with, they will literally last you ten years or more, compared to a few years for a traditional light-bulb.
  • Unplug all appliances when you’re not using them and never, ever leave things on standby as it is a complete waste of money.
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room and if you have children who need night lights, use a low-energy or energy-saving variety.
  • Wash clothes in cold water – around 30C, and wash bedding and towels etc. at 60C. If you’re worried about using cold water because you think it won’t wash things properly, add a scoop of boosting washing powder to every wash.
  • Don’t bother drying things in a tumble dryer – hang things on a clothes line or on line dryers inside the house. The electricity costs involved in running a tumble dryer are astronomical.

Save Water

Again, saving water is a really simple and easy way to save money and the environment. Take a look at some of the tips below.

  • Take shorter showers and if you always have baths, switch to having showers. You’ll save lots of water and plenty of money off of your water bills.
  • You can fit something to your shower called a low-flow showerhead. It reduces the flow of water that comes out, meaning you don’t waste any water.
  • You can also fit something to your shower called an aerator. This device aerates the water, meaning you use less water and energy, but it keeps the water pressure high, meaning it feels like you’re having a power shower when in reality, you’re using far less water.

Save Petrol/Diesel

The costs of putting fuel in your car are astronomical these days, and there are ways to save money.

  • Walk or cycle to work. This requires no petrol, no diesel, and it also helps you to be healthier.
  • Try public transport. Links are drastically improving up and down the country and busses and trains are becoming far easier to use – some trains have power sockets, small cafes and small shops.

Think Before You Buy

This is a really easy way to go green. Think about every purchase you make before you make it.

  • Try swapping items rather than buying items. Do swaps with your neighbours for items or skills – for example, you could borrow a lawn mower from your neighbour and lend them a power drill, offer to bake someone food for art classes etc.
  • Borrow items from the library instead of buying them.
  • Buy from charity shops to help charity and to save energy – if you buy second hand items, new items don’t have to be made.

Don’t Drink Bottled Water

It’s an absolute waste of money! For the most part, all that is in bottled water is purified tap water or tap water. A few companies use proper spring water, but the health benefits of that are not that high. Simply buy a water purifier to purify your tap water and fill an empty bottle before you leave home. You’ll save money on buying the water and you’ll save energy.