You give up vast chunks of your life to work for the money you receive at the end of the month. For that reason, you’re always on the lookout for opportunities to save. But what if someone told you that going green was the best way? It turns out that doing what’s good for the planet can also help you slash your bills. In this post, we’re going to take a look at why. Read on to find out more…
Carpool And Drive Less
We live in a culture where almost everyone feels they have to own a car. But the price of keeping a vehicle on the road is enormous. Depreciation alone costs most motorists thousands of pounds every year. Add to that service fees, taxes, fuel, and insurance, and you’re looking at a sizable chunk of the average annual income.
In this context, carpooling suddenly seems like an excellent idea. Here you share the job of driving to work with people in your local community who live and work in similar locations. Over the year, you can save thousands on fuel and maintenance costs.
Recycle Your Phone
You don’t get paid for regular recycling – that’s a shame. You do, however, get money when you sell Samsung Galaxy S8 – which was my old phone, for example – to a firm that refurbishes it. Companies are willing to pay high prices for recent handsets. You get a wad of cash and prevent your handset from going to the landfill at the same time. It’s a win-win.
Buy Stuff That Is Built To Last
Cheaper consumer goods seem like a good way of saving money in the here and now, but they’re not so beneficial to the environment. For instance, a quality pair of gardening gloves will last for a decade. A cheap pair might survive a season. Similarly, high-quality wallets and purses will typically survive for the better part of ten years. Low-quality equivalents will not.
Skip The Modern Conveniences
The modern home is rammed with conveniences that make life easier. These devices, however, can suck up a vast quantity of resources to carry out their work. They are a burden on the environment. Skipping some of your modern conveniences, however, is surprisingly comfortable. I am not saying that you need to whip out a washboard and change the way that you clean your clothes! Instead, you could make small changes; like hanging your clothes to dry in the summer, in order to skip using the tumble dryer sometimes for example.
Going green, therefore, can save you a considerable sum of money. You don’t necessarily have to make substantial lifestyle changes or invest in expensive equipment. Often the small changes are the most effective.
Take eating a plant-based diet. Eating grains and beans for supper is usually much less expensive than eating cuts of meat, even with all the subsidies that animal agriculture receives from the government.
Going green is about using fewer resources, so it stands to reason that it leads to a more affordable lifestyle.
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