What kind of things are on your personal goals lists this year? If ‘being greener’ and ‘save more money’ are at the top of your list, then why not combine the two? It’s obvious that being more sustainable and saving money go hand in hand – less waste means spending less.
Want to make some positive changes for the environment, and your finances? Take a look at some things you can do to be greener while saving some money too.
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Be smarter with your energy
Want to make some big savings at home? It starts with reducing your energy costs. It’s easy to be quite wasteful with energy. Anytime you leave the TV on standby or leave a light on, you’re wasting money unnecessarily. Learn how to reduce your energy bill by making small changes to how you run your home. If you can make your home a smart home with different devices, you stand to make even more savings by having greater control on your energy.
Invest in solar power
Solar power is a wonderful source of energy that will help the environment, but it could save you money too. While there is an initial investment, initiatives like choosesolar.com can help you recoup some of your costs to make installing solar power more affordable. If you have the space to do it, it’s a step worth taking to bring down your energy costs and make your home, and others, much greener. Ask friends and neighbors if they have solar panels and what their experience has been – it could just help cement your decision.
Be less wasteful with food
Do you find that you throw away a lot of food each week? It’s time to rethink your food habits so that you waste less – saving you a lot of money each week. There are some great tips for saving money on food while still eating well, and one of them is to get more organized.
Meal planning and being smarter with your grocery shop will go a long way towards saving you money. See what a weekly meal plan looks like to help you get some ideas.
Ditch your car
Do you always rely on your car to get around? Try going without it! By walking more and cycling, you could get fitter while also saving money on your vehicle costs. More and more people are making the decision to buy an electric car, so that’s something you could consider as well to help you cut your costs, while also being kinder to the environment.
Making small changes to your lifestyle will have an impact on your monthly expenses, but it will have a longer-term impact on the environment. It’s not something that will always be easy, but forming new habits will soon become second nature, helping you do what’s right for both yourself and the environment too.