20 Ways To Save Money and Help the Environment

Want to save money and help the environment? Who wouldn’t? Everyone is always looking for ways to save up. These tips will help you do just that while helping the planet. They might seem too small to make any real difference but remember that small acts add up in the long term. In addition, you can inspire your friends and family to join you on your eco-friendly journey by doing these easy things too.

1. Reduce your meat intake

Animal farming has become such a big industry and it has countless harmful effects on the planet. It’s also the reason your wallet feels lighter. A vegetarian or vegan diet is usually a much cheaper diet. Don’t worry you don’t have to go vegetarian or vegan completely but eating less meat has many benefits. For the environment, your bank account, and your health.

2. Bike or walk

If possible, walk or use a bike to get around in order to reduce your carbon footprint. It can also be quicker when there is a lot of traffic and it’s also more fun!

3. Leave it on the screen

In every home, school, and company, an endless amount of paper is used when printing out documents. Avoid printing whenever you can because it really adds up. This will save you buying loads of paper and ink. Did you know ink cartridges are still washing up on beaches after they were spilled into the ocean during a storm while being shipped in 2014? [According to the National Geographic]

4. Stop wasting good food

Another way to help the environment is to stop throwing away food unnecessarily. Many throw away the leftovers from the day before but why? It is just as good. So instead of cooking something every day, which is also more expensive, eat food from the day before or even from 2 days ago.

5. Repurpose

Instead of throwing something away straight away, think if you can reuse it in some way. You could use it for something that it wasn’t even designed for. Be creative. There are many things you could repurpose, from clothes to paper clips and ketchup bottles.

6. Unplug electronics

When something is done charging, unplug it. When you are done with the TV, switch it off. Why waste energy when it can be easily avoided. In addition, every time you leave electronics on, you are paying for that electricity.

7. Lower the thermostat

You could decrease the temperature of the thermostat to save energy. Even if it’s 0.5 or 1 degrees Celsius. Wearing an extra jumper or sweater will keep you just as warm. If you want to protect the planet, reducing your energy usage, in general, is a must.

8. Reuse and buy used

Stop buying new clothes, new phones, or anything every few weeks or months. This is a toxic mentality our society has. From now on, try to get as much use out of everything before buying new stuff. We do not have unlimited resources. It’s important to protect them. Why not start shopping at second-hand shops? Many good quality items can be found there and they are cheaper than new products.

9. Make your own products

This is a fun thing you could do in your spare time. You could try making household beauty and cleaning products. They are not hard and only a few in ingredients are needed to make each one. Brands just want you to buy their products to make money but in reality, the same job can be done by just a few ingredients found in your house.

10. Grow your own food

Become more sustainable by growing your own food. Unfortunately, this is not something that everyone can do as it depends on where you live. But if you live in a house with a garden, take advantage and grow your own fruit and vegetables. Although, you could grow herbs wherever you are. Even in an apartment. It’s a very easy thing to do.

11. Take fewer (and shorter) showers

Take shorter and less frequent showers and definitely no baths. This is one of the main ways water is wasted in households. People take too many long hot showers; wasting energy, water, and money without thinking of the effect on the environment. Especially if you take showers every day or twice a day. It is proven that it makes no difference to your hygiene and can even be harmful as you are constantly stripping your skin of natural oils.

12. Cold showers

Also maybe you could start taking some cold showers every now and again to save energy. Also, there are studies showing the benefits of cold showers. It will be tough in the beginning but it will get slightly easier every time.

13. Switch to a reusable water bottle

This is arguably the simplest change you could make to help the environment and to save money. By investing in a reusable bottle (which have now become very cheap), you are saving yourself from buying 300 or more bottles every year. I don’t think I need to explain why buying 300 one-use plastic bottles is bad for the planet.

14. Let clothes dry naturally

This is for those who use a tumble-dryer to dry their clothes. While it might be more convenient for you, it’s not more convenient for the planet. It uses a lot of electricity, and if your house is not powered by renewable energy, that’s a lot of emissions. So start letting your clothes dry naturally by hanging them up in your house or outside.

15. Sell unwanted things

If you are done with something and don’t want it anymore, instead of binning it which would just end up in a landfill try to sell it to someone who needs it. There are many places where you can sell your stuff online. If that doesn’t work, ask a friend if they want it and if not, donate it to a charity shop.

16. Go to the library

Think about how many books you read and never touch again. If that’s you, you could do with getting a library card. They have nearly any book you could imagine and if not, you can ask them to bring it in. It’s a much cheaper way to read and you are not spending money every time you want o read something new.

17. Minimalist lifestyle

Live a simpler life by becoming a minimalist. This is a different way of living that many people are choosing as it is a way to be happier but also to help the environment. The basis of this lifestyle is that you should only have things in your life that add value. This could mean material things but can also refer to people, to work, and every aspect of your life. Read more about minimalism here.

18. Stop buying takeout

First of all take-away food is expensive in most cases. But most importantly, think about how much packaging is thrown away. Additionally, these big fast-food chains are big contributors to climate change and pollution. It’s something to think about.

19. Only use the dishwasher when full

The same amount of water is used whether you want to wash one plate or 50. Therefore, it’s more water and energy-efficient to have a full load. It doesn’t make sense if you only want to wash a few things. Just wash them by hand in that case.

20. Stop buying magazines

There is no need to buy magazines or newspapers when you could read them online. It’s just a waste of paper and energy. So from now if you want to read about something, go to Google and search for anything you want. You can find any information on the internet.

A final note

Rethink the way you live your life. Stop thinking you are too small to make a difference. Every day you have an impact on the world and the environment. It’s your decision if you want to have a negative or positive impact. Choose wisely.

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