Because keeping on top of your finances doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
Fancy saving yourself a whole load of cash this side of Christmas? Find out how now…
By Tom Harding
Replacing your normal light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs will use 75% less energy, saving you money on your electricity bills. On average, they last around 7 years too! Look out for higher lumens (not watts) for the brighter bulbs.
Turn it down
Turn down your thermostat in the winter, and keep warm by whacking on an extra pair of socks and a cosy jumper… not only are winter jumpers highly in fashion now, but you’ll be more huggable and you’ll save on your energy bills. We’ve got lots of tips in our Turn Up The Style Turn Down The Heat section.
Pulling the plug
When leaving the house, make sure to pull out all of your plugs from their sockets: it will only take an extra minute in the mornings, save money on your bills and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. (Oh and don’t forget to switch those lights off too!)
On yer’ bike!
Yes ladies and gentleman, cycling is officially cool again (although in our opinion it’s always been cool anyway). Instead of driving to work or the supermarket, why not combine getting in shape with saving money by using your pedal power each day!
Sharing is caring
For those of you who cant cycle to work, why not sign up to a car share with your company, ask colleagues about their commute and whether it would be feasible to share a commute each morning: This save you a massive amount of money on fuel costs. Or why not just Do It In Public and you’ll save heaps!
Thicker than water
Why not keep the bath as more of a luxury, and shower more? A shower instead of a bath will reduce your water and heating bills (especially with a water-reducing shower head), it’s also cleaner for you and will give you more time in the morning. And for those of you who are in a relationship, you can even save more by showering together (ooer!)
Hung out to dry
Invest in a drying rack for next to nothing and hang your clothes out overnight instead of using a tumble dryer or a radiator: This will reduce wear and tear on your clothes and save you money so you can buy more for your wardrobe.
Turn the tap
Another eco-friendly part of your routine to incorporate is to not leave the tap running when shaving or brushing your teeth. You may think this won’t make much difference, but think about how much water you could save on a yearly basis by doing this. We’ll tell you – a lot.
When buying furniture or appliances for your house, why not save yourself some money and do your bit for the environment by checking on eBay, Gumtree or Freecycle for second hand household goods: it’s fun to search for treasures and can save you some serious dosh! For food and groceries, look out for the items that use less packaging (such as Kenco pouches) and support your local community by buying local (and fresher) produce.
Grow your own!
You don’t need an allotment to grow your own vegetables – with just a little bit of sunlight and water on a daily basis, you could purchase something like a pepper or tomato plant and watch your beauties grow. Not only will this save you money, but you’ll be amazed by how easy this is and your vegetables will taste much nicer because you’ve made them yourself.
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways to live greener. Find out more here…
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