To make a difference we don't need to reinvent the wheel: there are lots of things that we can all do easily as part of a daily routine, as it's often about breaking habits - like changing your choice of something as small and everyday as toilet roll. Follow these tips to learn how to live sustainably, it will save your pocket and the environment!
Turn off the lights
Always turn off the lights when you leave a room. You'll save energy on the bulb itself, but also on cooling costs, as lights heat a room.
Is it hot in here?
Adjust your thermostat one degree higher in the summer and one degree cooler in the winter. Each degree less will save 10% on your energy use!
Unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort, don't pre-heat the oven. Just turn it on when you put the dish in.
Water, water everywhere:
Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load.
Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water. You'll reduce water consumption, and the energy costs associated with heating the water.
Brush without running
You've heard this one before, but maybe you still do it. You'll conserve up to 19 litres a day.
Look out for Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited products such as Kleenex Cottonelle. These products (despite what we may think) actually do not cost more than non FSC products. You'll also be doing your bit to help preserve endangered animals and wildlife.
Instead of everyone on your street buying a power drill that they use once a year, pitch in to buy one and share it. It's less expensive, saves space and helps you stay connected to your neighbours.
Second hand doesn't mean second best
Consider buying items from a second-hand store like toys, bicycles, and roller blades. Second hand stores often sell these items in excellent condition since they are used for such a short period of time, and will generally buy them back!
Develop a green thumb:
Start a herb garden
Herbs are expensive, so create your own supply at home - you'll be saving money and reducing packaging waste!
Care for your lawn
If you water your lawn, do it early in the morning before any moisture is lost. Have a few weeds? Spot treat them with vinegar. Not sure if you should rake? Normal clippings act as a natural fertilizer, let them be.
Share the task of growing local veggies (great way to save money) with your neighbours by tending to a community garden patch.
Do you have any tips for living cheap and sustainably? We'd love to hear about them!