Our planet is taking a battering at the moment. Finite resources are becoming scarcer and scarcer and pollution, trash and destruction are on the increase. Fortunately, it’s not too late – we can all do more to live a little greener and cut our carbon emissions. If you are daunted the prospect of making your life greener, don’t worry because it’s actually fairly simple to improve your eco-credentials and you can even save money by doing so. Here are some ideas to get you started on saving the environment and saving money:
Install a Water Aerator in Your Sink
Sink water aerators cost very little, can be installed in minutes and work to reduce the flow of water going out of your sink dramatically, which means that you will save water and spend less on your water bill when you have them in place.
Install Solar Panels
Solar electric panel installation will set you back around $3000, but if you can afford them, they will revolutionise your home life and leave more money in your wallet every month by taking your energy from the sun rather than the electric company. If you use them correctly, it will only be a matter of time before they pay for themselves and then some, too.
Install Low-Flow Heads in the Shower
Low-flow shower heads will cut the amount of water coming out when you shower without cutting its power so that you can have the same great shower you always enjoy and pay less for the privilege.
Put Your Laundry on the Line
Electric dryers are energy suckers. They use more energy than washers, cooker and fridges and aren’t even Energy Star rated because they are so bad for the environment and your bottom line. So, why not ditch them? Dry your clothes on the line or laundry rack instead to prevent pollution, cut your carbon footprint and keep more of your hard-earned money in your wallet.
Whether you are washing your laundry or cleaning your dishes in the dishwasher, wait until you have a full load. The less you run your appliances, the smaller your impact on the planet and your pocket will be.
Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating your pipes and hot water heater with blankets will take the pressure off and enable them to work more efficiently, so you’ll save electricity and dollars every month.
Clean Your Fridge
If the back and underside of your fridge are allowed to get dirty, the appliance will have to work much harder to keep your food cool, which means that it will use more energy. By simply cleaning your fridge each week, you could save money and cut your fridges environmental impact by a few percentage points.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
The cleaning products you buy at the store almost invariably contain a myriad of toxins and harsh chemicals that will pollute your environment and blight the earth, but you don’t really need them. You can make your own eco-friendly cleaning products with little more than white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Essential oils can be added for freshening rooms and removing unpleasant odors too.