You don’t have to lash out on solar panels and an electric car or move to Nimbin and take up an alternative lifestyle in order to live a more eco-friendly life. What’s more you can be friendlier to the planet and your wallet by following eco-friendly lifestyle tips.
Many ways to be more environmentally conscious not only shrink your carbon footprint but fatten your wallet at the same time so you can feel twice as good about doing good! If you would like to save money with eco-friendly lifestyle tips here are just a few to get you started.
Eat less meat
Animal-based agriculture is harmful to the environment, resulting in rainforest destruction, excess water usage, land degradation and excessive carbon emissions. Good meat is also expensive. Cut down your meat consumption and replace animal protein with fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies. Grow your own fruit and veggies to save even more money and do even more good for the planet. Bonus: you’ll also be healthier and your food will be fresher and tastier.
Recycling as much water as possible onto your garden reduces your water rates while keeping your garden flourishing. Keep a plastic tub in the sink and put the leftover water in the garden every time you wash up the dishes. Also keep the water from boiling pasta or vegetables, let it cool then pour on your garden or indoor potplants.
If possible, reroute the outlet pipe on your washing machine and dishwasher so the greywater is directed outside and onto a garden bed. A low-flow showerhead in the bathroom will use 25 to 60 per cent less water than a conventional showerhead. Avoid leaving taps running (eg when you brush your teeth) and fix any leaking taps straight away.
Reduce food waste
By shopping more carefully and planning what to do with all your leftovers, you can reduce your food waste and spend less on food. Wasted food decomposing in landfill accounts for vast volumes of greenhouse gases so wasting less food is also good for the environment. Any food waste you still produce can be composted and added to improve your garden soil rather than going in the bin and being transported to a landfill site.
Reduce electricity usage
Saving energy is good for your budget and good for the planet. Use LED lights instead of incandescent globes, switch off lights and appliances when not in use, and use small appliances such as a pressure cooker, microwave and portable convection oven for cooking rather than your conventional stove. You can also turn down the hot water heater to a lower setting, insulate your roof, buy energy-efficient appliances with the highest possible star-rating and toss out the clothes dryer.
Buy everything secondhand
Other than a few exceptions of a personal nature (like underwear) a great way to save money and improve your carbon footprint is to buy everything you need secondhand from op shops, garage sales and sites like Gumtree and eBay.
Once you get into the swing of using money saving tips for an eco-friendly lifestyle like these you’ll soon see the benefits to your bank balance. Following these eco-friendly lifestyle tips and more will give you the satisfaction that you are helping the environment while saving money as well. A truly win-win situation!Read More →