Ways to save on going green
- Simple steps that could save you money as well as cut your carbon footprint
- Cheap and easy ways to go green
- How to stop receiving junk mail, drive more efficiently and choose greener home appliances
Ways to save on going green
1. Cut your travel costs - and your carbon footprint
Using public transport is often cheaper than using your own vehicle – and it’s far better for the environment.
If you have to drive, there are several steps you can take to improve fuel efficiency.
These include inflating tyres correctly, removing unnecessary heavy loads from the back seat or boot of the car and not accelerating or braking sharply.
2. Say no to junk mail
Junk mail isn’t just the bane of your letter box – the environment suffers, too, as millions of unwanted leaflets and envelopes are delivered each year.
The free Mailing Preference Service allows you to have your name and home address removed from 95% of mailing lists, greatly reducing the amount of mail you will receive and helping the planet at the same time.
3. Buy energy saving light bulbs
Using energy-saving light bulbs in your home is another easy way to save money and help the environment.
Energy saving bulbs used to be much more expensive than standard ones, but the price difference has now decreased and they are an affordable option for most people.
What's more, green bulbs last longer and don't waste energy in the same way as traditional light bulbs – so you can cut your fuel costs as well as your carbon footprint by using them.
To find out more, read our guide to energy saving light bulbs and our review of the best energy-saving light bulbs on the market.
4. Don't flush money down the toilet
You can’t avoid flushing the loo, but there’s a simple way to reduce the amount of water – and cash – you pour down the drain each time.
Fitting a Hippo water saver (a pack of three costs £7.99) in the cistern can save as much as three litres per flush in older toilets.
5. Don't use your standby button
Properly switching off your television, DVD player or printer when you're finished using them makes sense, but even those with the best environmental intentions sometimes leave electrical devices on standby.
6. Buy re-usable bags
Each year, huge amounts of energy are consumed by making carrier bags – and all too often, these are simply thrown away rather than reused.
Many supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose now offer more robust, reusable bags so shoppers can cut down on waste.
Buying unwrapped fruit and vegetables will help, too – as will refusing carrier bags when you simply don't need them.
7. Don't over-boil your kettle
Next time you make a cuppa, only boil the amount of water you actually need. Boiling more simply wastes energy!
When it comes to buying a new kettle, you could also look for an energy efficient model.
Check out our Best Buy kettles to find out which are the greenest options.
8. Invest in energy-saving appliances
Next time you need to buy a new washing machine or fridge, choose an energy-efficient model.
9. Get on your bike
Cycling is not only good for your health and the environment – it’s good for your pocket, too.
It can take a while for you to recoup the cost of a new bike by cutting transport costs, but you could save money on buying one if your employer offers salary sacrifice scheme.