5 “green” habits that will help you save energy

green habitsGreen, or environmentally friendly, habits protect the planet and your bank balance. Here are 5 easy habits that can save you money brought by our friends at – an eco friendly gift retailer. Buy a gift for your beloved woman or man with the money you save and the planet, your finances and your relationship will be in better shape!

1. Reuse and Recycle

If you are looking to replace a high-priced item in your home, consider a second-hand purchase. Reconditioned kitchen appliances, computers and other technology are considerably cheaper than new and reduce environment impact. Reuse and recycle what you already have. Save money on storage containers by reusing glass and food containers When wrapping the gift you will be buying for your sweetheart with all the money you’ve saved by going green, use your child’s artwork or pages from a colourful magazine instead of expensive gift-wrap or gift-bags. Consider buying used clothing. A lot of resources go into making a pair of jeans and can be expensive. A charity shop will sell a pair of jeans at a bargain price. Savings add up over time, especially if you have a large family.

2. Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Commercial cleaners are expensive and rarely environmentally friendly. Make your own household cleaning products using baking soda, lemon soda and white vinegar mixed with essential oils. These inexpensive environmentally friendly cleaners are safe for you, your family, your pets and the planet.

3. Love Food, Hate Waste

It is estimated that 30 percent of all bought household food is thrown away. Food may have become spoiled, passed the expiry date or we may just have bought too much. Remember to use up leftover food. Try to plan menus in advance so you know what to buy and go to the grocery store just once a week.

4. Reduce your electricity bills

Turn off the lights when you are not using them. Computers, Televisions, phones and other electronics that are constantly plugged in use ‘standby power’ when not in use, so unplug when not in use to reduce your bill by up to 4 percent. Turn your thermostat down one degree in the winter and up one degree in the summer. The 1°C difference can save up to 10 percent on your energy bill. Allow laundry to dry on a clothesline rather than using a dryer.

5. Drive Less

Drive less, walk or cycle more. Your more active lifestyle will keep you healthier and will save a lot of money on car repairs and petrol. It also reduces natural resource depletion which is good for the environment. With the savings you make by going green, take your beloved to to choose a gift of her dreams.
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