- Stop draughts during winter by blocking areas where air might escape
- Find cheaper alternatives to air-con during the summer to stay cool, and green
- Use appliances, such as washing machines and mobile, more efficiently
- Choose eco-friendly products
- Learn how to manage your money with a strict budget. Stick to it by making small changes to everyday activities: such as shortening your shower time!
You don’t need to spend a fortune improving your home, or install expensive equipment to become more eco-friendly. Just a few small changes around the house can make a big difference to both your monthly budget and the environment.
Read the following tips and we’ll show you how to save energy at home and how to manage your money better at the same time!
Sustainable Living is all about small, practical ways to save energy and live more cheaply. To start thinking green, consider the alternatives to your normal routine. Do you really need air-conditioning? Could you share a ride to work instead of taking the car?
Save energy by stopping draughts
Draughts can be a problem in the cooler months of the year, especially if you live at higher altitudes. You can buy draft excluders online, but a rolled-up blanket will work just as well. You could save even more pesos by making your own out of some fabric and stuffing with rice!
Find alternatives to air-con
We all like to turn up the AC when it gets above 30 °C, but the energy bills that follow can be sky-high! Thankfully, there are a few simple DIY tricks you can use around the home.
An easy way of how to save energy if you have fans is to place a bowl of ice-water underneath, so that the air blows cold. Similarly, you can soak a sheet in cold water and hang across your open window. When the breeze blows through, the water cools it down so that it feels fresher – perfect!
Wash clothes more efficiently
Families go through several loads of laundry a week, and around 90% of a washing machine’s energy goes towards heating the water. Reducing the temperature down to 30-40°C really can make a difference to both your pocket and the planet. There are now many laundry detergents that work just as effectively at lower temperatures, and you can also buy products like Comfort One Rinse, which can save bucket-loads of water if you’re washing by hand.
Budget better by using the bus
If you struggle with how to budget money when travelling to work, consider swapping your car or motorcycle journey for public transport, or start sharing rides with friends. Not only can this work out cheaper in terms of gas and saving on vehicle insurance costs, but it also cuts down on emissions, meaning you’re doing your bit for a greener planet.
This might be more of a drastic lifestyle change for some, but even introducing more vegetarian meals into your diet can save money and help the environment. The farming industry has to feed and transport animals to provide meat for our markets and stores, not to mention clearing natural forest habitats to use for farmland.
Animals like cows and pigs also produce methane, a greenhouse gas which contributes to air pollution. Switching from pork to tofu in your soups or stews is healthier, and using bulky vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots to create a meal is still delicious, but a lot cheaper!
Cut down your showers
Cutting your showers down will also cut your bills! Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower, and you’ll save energy (if you have a water heater), as well as wasting less precious water.
Save energy with your refrigerator
Refrigerators have to work harder and use more energy to maintain their temperature when there’s not much in them, so keep your fridge stocked up as much as you can – extra bottles of water will ensure you have plenty of cold drinks for the end of a hot day! Your fridge should ideally be at a temperature of between 3-5°C, so wait for hot food to cool completely before storing it in the fridge.
Switch off your appliances
Leaving appliances on standby or switched on at the socket will make your energy bill creep up. Switch off televisions, kettles and computers overnight or when not in use, and when you’re not charging your phone, remember to unplug your charger!
Sustainable living is something we can all contribute to, and thanks to initiatives like Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, many companies are now working towards a greener footprint.
Follow these simple tips to save money and energy and share them with your friends and neighbours, so everyone can enjoy the benefits!
Originally published October 12, 2018