Eco living is not just buying an eco –phone that helps, it’s a bunch of things really and here are 8 tips be eco-friendly and how to save money at the same time.
Make sure you unplug your appliances, any computers, mobile chargers etc, switch off lights and appliances. Saving electricity saves you money and if you don’t already have an environmentally friendly electricity tariff, it saves fossil fuels too.
Don’t pay for packaging. Excessive packaging makes food and goods expensive, so buy locally, buy seasonal. This is very eco-friendly as it reduces food miles, saves fuel and saves energy.
Check out any farmers markets near you. If you drive there, or to any other shopping destination, try and combine your shopping trips. Take some friends with you to shop, or buy in bulk, so that you
- reduce your miles
- save fuel
- reduce traffic on the road
- reduce emissions
And farmers markets are fun…you meet local people.
Choose cloth over paper for cleaning up stuff, small spills and wiping your hands. Using cloth will save you a lot of paper and trees. Even if you use recycled paper, you can argue you’re saving trees, but cloth is still a better alternative in the long run.
Showers are so much cheaper than baths. Cheaper both for your water meter and the environment.
Get yourself a water barrel to get free water for your plants, garden or other non-drinking applications. Collect the water from the roof of your house, conservatory or shed.
Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth or when you’re washing dishes. And you can get low-flow shower heads and toilets.
PS, don’t forget to change your light bulbs to energy saving ones.