15 Top Easy Eco Tips That Also Save You Money
- Only put the dishwasher or washing machine on once they are full. Half empty washes just waste energy & money. Try not to go the other way though and overfill washes as this won’t clean your clothes properly.
Put your wash on at 30degrees or under. This can save up to 75% of the energy used on a typical wash! It will also save you money.
- If you don't use a dishwasher then even better! Filling up a sink with water costs less and saves energy.
- Use draught excluders and rubber seals on draughty windows to help keep the warmth in and the cold out.
- You can also put radiator reflectors behind your radiators to reflect the heat back into the room rather than into the wall.
- Check the insulation around your hot water tank is up to scratch and this can save you hundreds every year.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs, these typically use between 25-80% less energy than normal lightbulbs!
- Leaving appliances on standby accounts for up to 10% of residential power use. Turn off what you can!
- Don’t throw any cooking water if you can reuse. Reuse it to water the plants so you don’t need to run the tap again.
- On a warm day, water your plants first thing in the morning or last thing at night as the water will just evaporate in the heat
- Using tap water rather than bottled water will save you so much money. 90% of the cost of a bottle of water is the plastic itself! If you don’t like your tap water then invest in a water filter- it will taste so much better and it will save you so much money compared to buying bottled water.
- Use refillable ink cartridges. Reusing the same cartridges can help you save money as well as keep unnecessary plastic out of the landfills.
- Did you know that cancelling the paper copies of your mobile phone bills or your shopping catalogue not only saves paper but can actually save you money, as in most cases you will be charged for these on your bills.
- Turn your vegetable peelings and garden waste into compost and save money when it comes to growing your plants! See our blog on composting here.
- Fix it rather than throw it. Have a look to see if you have a Repair Café in your local area, they are normally run by volunteers looking to save things from ending up in landfills.