With the planet’s temperatures rising and more natural disasters than ever before, it seems that it’s never been more important to take a vested interest in becoming more eco-friendly.
Being eco-friendly simply means having a lifestyle that is less damaging for our planet. From conserving water to driving less and walking more and consuming less energy, there are many ways in which you can become environmentally-friendlier.
While you as an individual can’t save the planet from pollution or from having its natural resources wasted, each of us can make a huge difference by changing a few habits to be more friendly with our environment.
Moreover, the good news is that being eco-friendly isn’t only good for our Mother Earth. It can also be a great step to becoming healthier and spending less on your lifestyle. Hard to believe? Here’s why becoming eco-friendly can help you save more money:
Saving energy means saving money
Do you unplug your phone charger, TV or lamp before leaving home? If not, you’d better start doing if you want to save on energy and money at the same time.
The US Department of Energy explains that every household wastes a lot of money and energy by leaving things plugged in all the time, even when they are not in use. The term used by the US Department of Energy is “energy vampires” for those house appliances that suck electrical power even when you are not using them. And, make no mistake, the electrical power they suck can add up to 10% to your utility bill.
However, fear not, you won’t have to waste time every day to unplug and plug in appliances. You can simply start using power strips that have on and off buttons. So, saving the planet and saving on your energy bills will be just a button switch away.
Walking instead of driving will save you gas money
In today’s busy world, how often do you see people walking? Almost never, right? Today, everybody owns a car that they use to commute and travel. Unfortunately, the urban areas are filled with cars and high traffic which leads to high pollution.
And, its no point in mentioning the health benefits of walking instead of taking your car wherever you travel. Also, if you commute on a daily basis from your home to the office, bicycling is also a cost-effective and healthy option.
So, walking or bicycling instead of driving will not only help you reduce urban pollution but it will also help you save money on gas and keep you healthy.
If you have to travel long distances very often, a good option would be to switch to a hybrid car. It is true that hybrid cars might be a bit pricy investment. However, in the long run, they pay itself off and they are a much better option for protecting the environment.
The less food you buy, the more money you can save
One of the biggest global problems that all countries are facing these days is the huge amount of waste generated every year. According to the World Bank, there are 2.01 billion tones of solid waste generated annually every year. Moreover, experts expect for the annual waste generation to reach 3.4 billion tones by 2025.
Who is there to blame? Everybody! From businesses to each of us who generate household waste without even considering how much it is affecting our environment. But what is the solution? The solution needs to start with each of us by purchasing less or at least only the things that we truly need in order to generate less waste. Many countries around the world, like Australia for example, are working hard to find better waste management solutions. However, it all needs to start with each of us in reducing, reusing, and recycling waste.
Shopping smart is one of the best ways to reduce your waste. And, obviously, it is also a great solution to spend less and save more. How many times did you go to the supermarket to buy a certain thing but left with a bag filled with many other things you don’t even really need? Most likely, like many of us, this has happened many times. Well, if you want to become an eco-friendly person and save more money, it is time to learn how to do green shopping.
You can, for example, shop at the farmers market instead of the supermarket. Despite what people think, products from the farmers’ markets are actually at least 10% cheaper than the products you can find in supermarkets. Moreover, you would be contributing to what is called today “fair trading” by helping local farmers earn a profit for their hard work.
Moreover, you can also bring your own bags to the store to avoid purchasing new ones every time you go shopping. Not only that you have o pay extra money when purchasing new bags, but you are also contributing to pollution because we all know how damaging plastic bags are for our environment.
DIY projects cost a lot less
Repairing and reusing household items is another great way to become an eco-friendly person and save more money at the same time. When repurposing items, you simply don’t have to waste money on purchasing new items.
Luckily, there are a number of DIY projects online which you can use to repurpose household items. For example, you can use pallets for a number of projects, be it building outdoor or interior furniture. Also, if you have to purchase something, at least try to find second-hand items or look for items that contain recycled content.
Even small household items like glass jars or plastic bags can be reused in a number of ways from storing food to making DIY projects such as creating candles holders. Repurposing old items is a great way to save money and reduce the waste generated by your household.
Our planet is suffering right now due to trash and pollution that never seem to stop increasing. So, change must come from each of us by changing our lifestyles with more friendly habits for the environment. And, by doing so, we can all reduce our costs and save more money.