10 Ways to Become More Sustainable and Save Money
Becoming more sustainable and reducing your carbon footprint are two phrases which have been popular to masses in this modern day and age. If you’re not familiar with it yet, it is very likely that you will be soon. Reducing carbon emissions and carbon footprints are now part of your government’s economic plans or at the very least getting to the point that it should be.
You may ask yourself how it’s possible to reduce your carbon footprint, especially if you are strapped for cash. The truth is that making small changes in your everyday routine won’t only help to reduce your carbon footprint but could even save you money while doing so.
Without further ado, we have put together a list of 10 ways to live more sustainable while saving your money:
- Shortened Showers:
This is an easy change that doesn’t really need explaining. Using less water and subsequently less hot water lessens the amount of gas or electricity required to run your household.
- Adopt Public Transport, Walking and Cycling:
Car registrations, maintenance and Insurances all contribute to the running costs of keeping a car on the road and that is before even getting behind the wheel. Petrol can be a killer too, especially during holiday periods where petrol companies hike the price to make use of the seasonal demand. Instead, make use of the public transport system that your area possesses or if the distance is shorter, try walking or cycling to your destinations. Chances are that you will be picking up a healthy habit by doing so too.
- Reuse and Recycle Grey Water:
Grey water comes in the form of water consumed in your washing machine cycles, dish washes and more. Normally, grey water goes straight down the drain and is rarely ever used again. Instead of letting it go to waste, why not try watering your garden with it instead.
- Delay your tech purchases:
Ever year, a new phone, tablet or computer comes out and for many, they grab the opportunity to get the newest and most advanced gadget they can get their hands on. However, the truth is that you’ll probably find the phone you purchased 12 months or even 24 months ago will do more than a good enough job for what you need it to do and hence, it isn’t always necessary to upgrade each time a new model comes out. Approximately 90% of a phone’s CO2 emissions can be traced back to the production of the phone rather than phone use during its lifespan. That’s a pretty telling figure. By delaying your tech purchases, you can eliminate the need for resources to be consumed to produce these tech goods as frequently while also saving money for more important things in life.
- Re-use and Donate:
Instead of holding onto that shirt which you purchased three years ago and never wore, maybe you should think about donating those unused items to charity shops and doing some of your shopping there as well. Over the years, I’ve scored some bargains at opportunity shops, ranging from jeans, to sports jerseys and even jackets at a fraction of the cost of buying the new equivalent.
- Buy less, buy higher quality
Thinking of purchasing new furniture, clothing or appliances? At the time, it might make sense to purchase the cheapest option available. However, sometimes this may not be the correct decision to make. Making solid investments in quality products can pay off over time. A scenario in which this can be more effective could be if you’re needing to replace cheap purchases too often like a mattress. A low-quality mattress may last two or three years whereas a higher quality mattress can come with a 20 or 25-year guarantee. It just wouldn’t make sense from a sustainable or financial view to replace your low grade mattress 10 times instead of purchasing one good quality mattress that can last a lifetime.
- Make use of leftover foods and drinks
Every week, many people tend to buy more food and drink than they end up using, with the remains normally heading straight to your compost or rubbish collection. Being smart with some of your meals can make your food go further and save you money. If you’ve got leftovers from the night before, it could be a good option to bring it to work for lunch instead eating out or keeping it in the freezer until you feel like eating your leftovers on another day.
- Buy groceries and household items in bulk
This is a no brainer for most households. By purchasing your food and consumables in bulk or bigger sizing, not only are you cutting down on your packaging, you’re also getting a better deal on your goods. Prime examples of bulk buying could be toilet paper, rice, yoghurt, meat and more.
- Use renewable energy
Solar and other renewables have never been more affordable and power prices have never been so high. If you’re one of those who are lucky enough to own their own home, perhaps you should think about purchasing a solar system to dramatically reduce your power bills. Solar is also a handy alternative to a world predominately powered by coal which as many of know, releases carbon dioxide into atmosphere when burnt.
- Making use of curtains and windows
If solar power isn’t a viable option and you’re thinking of ways to reduce your power bill, then this is a simple no fuss option for you. Making use of your curtains on cool days to keep the cool out could be a helpful way to reduce your reliance on heating. On the other hand, curtains and blinds prove handy in keeping the heat out and prevent your air conditioners from pushing into overdrive. Cooling down the house after a hot day could be as easy as opening a few windows and creating a draft to flow through the house.
And there you have it! They may be simple but they are also effective and relatively easy ways to go about your day in a more sustainable manner.
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