4 ways to go green and save money at home
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Food and fuel prices are rocketing, and although I’ve been reading about it for a couple of years, it’s not been until this year that I’ve really started to notice it myself.
When money is tight, the danger is that people can become less green in their shopping habits. Organic food costs more money, supporting local suppliers is often more expensive than the supermarkets, and it can be cheaper to hop on a plane abroad rather than enjoy a stay-cation.
For the rest of the year we’re definitely going to have to tighten our belts and here’s some of the things I have in mind:
Use it up!
I began the month with a ‘Use it up!’ challenge. This meant I scoured my freezer and cupboards for all the foods I’d forgotten about and needed using up. Not only did this prevent food waste but I reckon I’ve halved this month’s grocery bill.
You can continue the ‘use it up!’ theme to other areas at home too such as toiletries and cleaning products.
I love multi purpose products. Many years ago I began researching the ingredients that were in every day cleaning products I used. Not only was I shocked to find pretty toxic things in there, but I noticed how similar all the recipes were! I was buying floor cleaner, bath tub cleaner, another product for sinks, another one for tiles… The reality was I only needed one decent product.
Now I use white vinegar, essential oil and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) for pretty much all my cleaning – it’s cheaper, healthier and better for the environment
Some things you can’t change – without alternatives such as solar and wind power, we all need to rely on our utilities companies for the services we need. But you can compare the market by using comparison sites to shop around for the best deals.
Many utilities companies have green tariffs and we saved a lot of money by cancelling our pet insurance because we realised they were already covered on our home insurance!
Turn it off!
I say this ad nauseum because it’s a bad habit I keep slipping into. After five years of publishing ‘green content’ on the web, we STILL leave lights on, the computers running and the peripherals on. So I’m reminding myself as much as you!
When I’ve made a concerted effort to turn things off standby and monitor our electricity usage we’ve managed to slash our bills by around one third. Using a real-time electricity monitor takes away the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ aspect to flicking the switch and keeps you on your toes.
What about you? How do you save money and stay green at home?
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