Reuse plastic bags
Now that the supermarkets charge money for plastic bags, it might be time to consider keeping a stack in your car or handbag to ensure that they are available to re-use. This might only seem like a small gesture, but if everyone stopped buying plastic bags, a considerable quantity less would need to be produced. Canvas bags are a good option as they are much sturdier than the plastic bags you get from the till and therefore last longer.
Solar panels are a great way of showing the world how energy-efficient you are. Although they might feel like an expensive investment, consider the amount you will save each month on utility bills and, over a long period of time, you will save money. Government schemes also offer incentives, enabling you to earn some extra cash by creating electricity if you are eligible.
Reuse plastic bottles
When I reflect on how we live in a society where a bottle of water costs more than milk, it fills me with horror! The hours of labour our farmers spend, for a small return hardly seems fair. When you consider how much you spend on a bottle of water on a regular basis, think how much you could be saving. Get into the habit of filling up a plastic bottle with water every day, and you could make considerable savings over the course of a year.
Save on utilities
We’ve already touched on saving electricity, but by conserving water and heat in your household, you could also save hundreds of pounds each year. As utility companies are regularly updating their prices, it is worth keeping an eye on how much you pay against how much you could be paying. Change your energy supplier regularly to keep up to date with the best prices. In addition, check that when you do make payment for a bill, you do so against an actual reading rather than an estimate (estimates are very likely to be a lot higher than readings you provide).
Save on heat
Depending on the age of your house, you might want to think about how your house is insulated, and get a quotation for changing. A one-off investment could mean long-term savings on heating costs. Other ways in which heating can be saved, include reducing the length of time you have the heating on at home. Could you cope with the thermostat being a degree lower? Would your financial position benefit from your heating being on for a shorter time, even if it means wearing extra layers of clothing?
The best way of changing to a greener lifestyle whilst saving money, is by changing your habits. Start making small changes to your living patterns by changing one thing at a time (prioritise, starting with the change that saves you the most money), before moving on to the next. In so doing, you can view the regular savings that you are making each month, whilst reflecting on how you are doing your best to help save the planet.