If you want to save the environment and your bank balance one penny at a time, then follow these 10 greener than green money-saving tips.
What’s better than saving money, we hear you wonder? Killing two birds with one stone by saving money and helping the environment, we answer.
If you’re looking to line your pockets while doing your bit to go greener, then look no further, because we’ve got 10 environmentally friendly cash-saving hacks for you.
1. Let the sun shine through
Easier said than done with the UK’s weather, we know, but make the most of the warmer days by ensuring your curtains or blinds are drawn open, to allow the heat from the sun to naturally warm your home up. By doing this, you’ll be able to turn your thermostat down a degree or two without feeling the chill as a result, you’ll save some all-important pennies.
2. Wrap up
If you don’t want to rely on the sun to save on your heating bills, wear an extra layer or two around the house so you can again crank the temperature down a notch, but still be comfortable lounging around.
3. Washing machine measurements
Washing your clothes isn’t something you can or want to avoid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save money in the process. For starters, always wait until you have a full load until you put a cycle on. And secondly, don’t go scoop-happy with your detergent and fabric softener - avoid just chucking them in blindly and stick to the measurements given.
If you wanted to be super thrifty you could scrap the fabric softener full stop, but just don’t expect your clothes to come out as silky soft as they normally would.
4. Ditch the dryer
Sticking with your laundry, weather-permitting, hang your washing out to dry on the line to cut the costs associated with running your dryer. And if outside isn’t an option, try and set yourself up a DIY washing line indoors.
5. Stop wasting food
Food wastage is a huge problem. Now it’s a bigger issue in restaurants and supermarkets, but there are still ways you can do your bit to reduce what’s thrown in the bin too.
Saving hack #1: when you’re out doing your weekly food shop, only buy what you need. For example, if you’re buying perishable items for one, instead of buying a big bag you know you won’t get through, pick up individual bits you’re certain you’ll eat - before it’s too late.
Saving hack #2: don’t throw away leftover food. Either put it in the freezer and save it for another day (added bonus: it’ll save you cooking on another occasion!) or box it up and have it for lunch the next day. Whichever you go for, you’ll reduce your food waste and save money by making the meal go further - win, win!
6. Unplug unused devices
Most of us will be guilty of leaving a mobile phone, tablet or laptop charger plugged in around the clock - regardless of whether or not we’re actually charging the device. But did you know, this could still be sucking energy out of your sockets?
Every little helps, so to save a few quid on your energy bill, make a point of unplugging any chargers that aren’t actually being used.
7. Root through charity shops
Whether you’re after clothes, furniture, footwear or home decor items, there are endless savings to be made in charity shops.
Tip: if you head to ‘posh’ parts of your town, you’ll likely find more big branded items on offer, but still for a fraction of the price.
Better yet, with some of the big names making the move online, you can now bag a charity shop bargain from the comfort of your sofa too - but just remember, you’ll have to pay for postage.
So, by switching your shopping habits to charity stores you’ll not only save yourself uncapped cash on your purchases, but you’ll feel good knowing you’ve done your bit to support the charity, too.
8. Leave your wheels behind
If you’re guilty of making lots of short journeys in your car, think about ditching your vehicle and walking or cycling from A to B instead. You’ll save money on fuel, reduce your wear and tear, cut your car’s emissions and get fitter in the process - we call that a win, win, win…win!
Choosing public transport to get to work could be another way to help the environment too, depending on how costly your commute is. Or, you could see if you could team up with a colleague and lift share to save some pennies.
9. Turn off your taps
There are a number of ways you can reduce your water wastage and bill, like:
Only starting to run taps when you’re ready to use them;
Making sure you turn taps off as soon as you’ve finished using them;
Checking taps are fully turned off - if you can hear dripping, it’s probably not!; and
Reusing water - for example, could your washing up water be used to water in or outdoor plants?
10. Buy some energy-saving appliances
Now this one might need an upfront cost to get you going, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Energy efficient appliances (like lightbulbs and dishwashers, for example) are more durable and environmentally friendly, and kinder to your utility bills. They just require a bit of patience to see the benefits.
And while we’re on the subject of lightbulbs, remember to turn them off if you know you won’t be returning to the room for some time!
So, there are our 10 environmentally friendly ways to save cash. Have you got any hacks we haven’t shared? If so, we’d love to hear them on our Facebook or Twitter pages!
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