Living eco-friendly isn’t just about saving the planet. On an individual level, it can also save you money. Here are just a few ways that you can spend less by going green.
Lower energy bills
There are many ways that you can save money on your energy bills by getting eco-friendly. More and more homeowners are installing solar panels as a way of cutting down their electricity bills. The price of installation can be expensive, however you are likely to make up these costs in a few years and then never have to pay an electricity bill again, making it a good investment.
Insulation around your home can equally save money on gas usage. Double-glazed windows, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and draft protectors can all prevent heat escaping and cold entering your home, causing you to reach less often for the heating thermostat.
You can also save money on water usage by installing a greywater recycling unit. This recycles sink and shower wastage that can be used for sprinkling the lawn or flushing the toilet. Like solar panels, installation is expensive, but in the long run you’ll make up costs.
All these energy saving tactics around the home can also add value to your property, potentially making you more money if and when you plan to sell up.
Lower driving costs
Most of us spend a fortune on driving costs. Going green in this area can also save you a lot of money. One simple way is to drive more smoothly – sharp braking will cause you to accelerate more and sharp acceleration will clearly use up more fuel. There are gadgets that can help you to drive more economically and there are alterations to your vehicle that you can make to save fuel such as reducing weight and always keeping tires inflated.
A more extreme measure may be to get an electric vehicle. This could be anything from an electric car to an electric scooter. Electric vehicles are generally tax free and you’ll spend less charging them up than you would on fuel. Those living in cities should particularly consider going electric as there can be certain benefits such as free parking areas, free charging points and use of bus lanes for electric vehicle in certain urban areas around the world.
Lower food bills
You can also save money by eating less processed foods and going organic. If you have the land to grow your own produce in your garden, you could save a ton of money. Seeds cost very little to buy and you can use your own compost as fertiliser. There are also many organic pesticides that you can use such as chili powder and salt.
Even if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, adopting an organic lifestyle by buying fresh vegetables, fruit and meats over processed foods could improve your health. This could mean less medical complications in the future and therefore less medical costs.
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