If you do a number of things slightly differently or take a (especially greener) approach, you can save bucks. I’m talking about the little things that are routine for you, but which you don’t realize that with a few simple tweaks, you can save both money and the environment. There are plenty of ways to save money by going green and it’s not as hard as you think.
1 – Mobile phone
Let’s start with the object that accompanies us every day, uses every day and supports us every day. It sometimes seems to be the most important object of our life; mobile phone. I understand that something this big can cost a bit more, but what if you can save on that?
By no longer buying a new device every two years and opting for an affordable subscription, you earn many euros each month. Especially if you use one sim only offer. You can take out a subscription for 3 euros 50 per month. This is much less than the 30, 40 or sometimes even 50 euros per month that you pay with the device.
Apart from being cheaper, it is also flexible as you can adjust your plan every month including your monthly fee. It can even be terminated monthly.
2 – Receive your invoices online
There are many advantages to this. Paperless invoices help save the environment. No unnecessary trees should be felled. Do all your banking online and set recurring payments to be paid automatically each month. It not only saves you time, but also money if you are running late.
Not only that, but it also gives you peace of mind that your banking is in order and all bills are paid on time.
3 – Don’t buy pre-packaged foods
These pre-packaged foods seem useful, but they place a huge burden on the environment. Definitely the packaging, the contents of which are also packaged separately.
Buy everything in bulk if possible, which is usually in a paper box, and buy storage boxes yourself, in which you will keep the food cool. Not only does this reduce waste, but it’s also a cheaper option than buying single-use packaged products. After all, you can use the storage boxes sustainably.
4 – Use lunch boxes
Everyone in our family takes a box lunch to work or school. My husband and I are seeing more and more young colleagues bringing in prepackaged lunches; plastic salad, plastic cake, plastic fruit.
By preparing it at home and taking it with you in a lunch box, you keep everything fresh, you don’t waste food and you don’t waste plastic. Plus, a box lunch makes prepackaged goods, plastic wrap, and zipper bags superfluous and dramatically improves the taste of a homemade lunch.
5 – Use the clothesline
The dryer is very useful for drying clothes, but it will increase your energy bill enormously. The best thing to do is to create a laundry routine that will help you get through your mountain of laundry without having to use the dryer.
If you really must use the dryer, spin your washing machine for an extra spin, so the dryer can get into the dryer and your drying time is shorter.
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6 – Stay home more often
Discuss with your employer if it is possible to work from home for a day or a few days. In Corona times, this was also possible with most employers. If you have a place to yourself where you can work undisturbed, you will also be much more productive.
Plus, it naturally saves you fuel because you don’t have to drive to work.
7 – Make your own coffee
Fill a travel mug with coffee from home instead of buying something before work each day. If you find this too drastic, try it twice a week and work your way up to huge savings.
8 – Keep your freezer full
Not only does the freezer run more efficiently when full, but you also always have food on hand. This means you don’t have to buy expensive takeaways.
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9 – Turn off the light
If you’re not somewhere, don’t leave the lights on. It’s not too complicated when you leave a room to turn off the light. Either way, it reduces your energy bill.
10 – Borrow from the library
Borrow books from the library instead of buying them. At most libraries, you can reserve books online and you’ll receive an email when they’re ready to be picked up.
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11 – Reuse
Give new life to old things. It will save you a lot of money if you don’t have to buy something new all the time. Be creative in reusing and recycling.
12 – Carpooling with children
Are there more parents on your street who go to the same school? Then agree if you can carpool with the kids, with each parent driving part of the week. This means you burn less fuel and have a few extra minutes in the morning.
13 – Add an extra layer
If you are cold, consider adding a sweater, socks or a blanket before turning on the heating. I’ve been known to wear slippers all day during the winter period.
14 – Make your own cleaning products
It may seem complicated or you don’t dare, but it really isn’t! Making your own cleaning products is very simple, but above all very economical. You will soon notice that you are saving dollars and no longer have unnecessary chemicals in your home.
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15 – Make lists
As you may know, I love lists, but how can lists save money? Very easy. Making a list of the groceries you need saves you money. Unnecessary things are then no longer purchased.
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Also, if you put together a weekly menu before you go shopping and make a shopping list of it, you won’t forget anything and you won’t waste fuel unnecessarily.
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16 – Stop advertising
Leaflets and online advertising are of course made to entice you to buy. If you are really sensitive to it, stop it.
Put this sticker on your mailbox indicating that you no longer wish to receive advertising. It also saves a lot of felled trees, but also a lot in your wallet, because you no longer have the temptation to buy something (that you don’t need at all). Also, unsubscribe from those advertising emails that enter your inbox daily and challenge you.
17 – Use Both Sides
Adjust your printer settings so that the paper prints on both sides. Better for your wallet and better for our environment. Less paper means fewer trees cut down.
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18 – Turn off the monitor
Interestingly, screensavers do not save power. They were originally designed to protect your screen from “phosphor burn” which can occur when an image remains static on a screen for too long. When a screen saver is active, the monitor always uses full power.
It is best to turn off the monitor when you are away from the computer. Better yet, turn off your computer when not in use.
19 – Water bottle
Invest in a refillable bottle and refill it every time you leave home and work so you always have water on hand and don’t have to buy water.
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20 – Use the dishwasher wisely
The dishwasher is of course a brilliant invention, but you have to use it wisely to get the most out of it.
Did you know that most of the energy used by your dishwasher is used to heat the water? Here are some tips for using your dishwasher efficiently:
- Only use a full charge, it saves energy and water.
- Use the economy program which washes the dishes at a lower temperature and can use much less water.
- Scrape excess food into the trash can – your dishwasher is not a trash can.
- Regularly clean the dishwasher by running an empty machine on a hot cycle with 25 grams of citric acid instead of dish soap to keep it in top condition.
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