Tips to save money and protect the environment

There are many things that help us save money and respect the environment.

With this post, I wanted to share some lifestyle tricks (or hacks) that benefit our wallets and at the same time help us to have more sustainable habits.

As you will see, most of these tricks try to save energy and not to waste, two essential steps to save money.

  • Try to receive as little spam as possible. Try to organize to receive all your bills and statements by email or directly in online services.
  • Turn off the lights, appliances, etc, when they are not being used.
  • Hang your clothes out to dry. A typical electric dryer uses approximately 4000W of power
  • Turn off the TV. Use your time and money for more valuable activities.
  • Open windows to cool the house instead of turning on the air conditioning.
  • If it is warmer outside than inside, open the windows to heat the house. If not, try to keep warm with a sweater or blanket or with physical activity, and set the thermostat lower.
  • Use a thermostat with a timer to turn the furnace off or down when everyone is sleeping under blankets or outside.
  • Open the curtains! Use natural light when it is available instead of turning on the lights. (It’s nicer anyway.)
  • Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs or energy-saving LED bulbs.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the water while soaping (shower, hands) and while brushing your teeth
  • Water only as much as necessary. Maintain native plants and drought-resistant landscaping.
  • Prepare food instead of going out or ordering food to go. You will save a trip and probably a polystyrene container.
  • Avoid buying things because they are trendy or status symbols.
  • Consider using less makeup. It is individually packaged, blatantly expensive, and often loaded with chemicals that are of questionable value to personal and environmental health.
  • Buy things that contain less packaging. Reuse containers or avoid them if given the choice.
  • Buy less stuff
  • Borrow, rent, and share things you don’t use very often. Make extensive use of your local library.
  • Buy second-hand items. If you do, you will have great monetary savings but also enormous savings for the environment, since something is saved from the landfill and no resources are consumed to make something new to take its place.
  • Look for hobbies that save money and don’t require large expenditures. Bicycling, cooking at home, reading, writing, DIY/handicraft repairs and gardening are all good options.
  • Stop eating or eat less meat.
  • Eat less processed foods, and buy simple, individual ingredients. It costs less to buy a bag of dried beans than to buy canned.
  • Reduce the number of cars you use at home. Rent one from time to time if you need it.
  • Keep any car you own in good condition, with properly inflated tires…you’ll use less gas.
  • Occupy the as small home as reasonably possible. You will have less space to heat or cool, less space to carpet and paint, decorate and clean, etc.

There are many ideas and as always, it is impossible to apply all of them and you probably don’t agree with all of them either (I understand that not eating meat is one).

But if you see that there are a couple of tricks here that you think you can put into practice I assure you that you will save money and you will be contributing your granite of sand to protect the environment.