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Eco Ways to Save Money
Saving money is hard enough to do, so what if you want to do your bit for the environment but are worried about the cost effect? Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways out there to save money the eco-friendly way.
More and more people are becoming green but there are still people who think it’s more expensive to be eco-friendly. This is a common misconception because going green is actually a great way to save money. If you’re thinking of trying it, it can be difficult to know what to do so you’re actually making a difference to your bank account and the planet. Read on for some tips as how you can save money and be more eco at the same time!
It may seem like a simple thing, but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who are still drinking bottled water several times a day. A lot of people spend hundreds every year on buying bottled water, when most taps provide excellent, clean drinking water. You’re already paying a water bill, so you may as well use the water!
Not only this, but by buying fewer bottles, you are helping the planet. It takes three litres of water to make a one litre bottle of water – the math just doesn’t add up!
Many people are making the switch from regular laundry to green laundry – and this doesn’t mean washing your clothes outside! You can make this switch so easily, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. Simply wash your clothes in colder water, use less detergent and air dry your clothes.
You can also keep your dryer lint trap clean which will use less power and make sure that you’re running full loads of laundry every time – instead of several small loads.
You may think that using public transport actually costs more money – but it depends on how much you travel. Many places offer season passes which are much cheaper than driving. Especially when you add up the cost of fuel, insurance, tax and car maintenance.
And the benefits for the environment are obvious – less traffic on the roads means less nasty pollution in the air. If you don’t drive that far why not consider biking instead? It’s cheaper, greener and it’ll help keep you fit!
This sounds like a bit of a weird one, but leaky taps and pipes can cost you a fortune! Experts estimate that a leaking toilet can cost up to £70 a month, which is a huge amount each year. Fixing these leaks will not only save you wasting money on your water but will help the environment.
Many people don’t want to pay for these fixings, but when you think of how much you’re wasting anyway, you may as well pay an upfront cost to then save that money long term.
This is one that most probably everyone has heard of. Put on another jumper before turning the heating on. In this day and age of central heating, many people just switch it on at the first sign of a chill, without thinking about the consequences.
Estimates believe that you can save up to £10 for each degree you turn down the thermostat. Not only that, but it’s better for the environment too, as you’re not using as much energy to heat a house that would be warmer if you put on a few extra layers!
Hopefully these tips will have given you some inspiration to live a cheaper and more eco-friendly life.