Lifestyle

Save the planet and your purse

Recent events may seem like these two goals are mutually exclusive! But believe it or not, it is possible to save the planet and save money too. Try our 10 family-friendly tips to make a positive impact on the environment and your wallet.

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1. Educational activities

Engage your family in educational activities related to water and energy conservation. Watch documentaries and read books together to deepen everyone’s understanding of the impact of their actions on the planet.

2. Mindful water usage

Think carefully about water when you use it. Turn off the tap while brushing teeth, fix any leaks promptly and consider installing low-flow taps and shower heads to reduce water wastage without compromising on comfort.

3. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances

When appliances need replacing, invest in more energy-efficient refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers. These use less energy and water, which translates to significant savings on your utility bills. Switch to LED bulbs too.

4. Unplug and switch off

Make it a habit to unplug chargers and devices when they're not in use. Also, encourage your family to switch off lights and electronics when leaving a room – a simple step that can lead to substantial energy conservation.

5. Hang dry your laundry

Harness the power of the sun by drying your laundry outdoors whenever possible. Not only will this save energy, but it will also give your clothes that fresh, sun-kissed scent.

6. Eco-friendly landscaping

Opt for native plants and drought-resistant landscaping in your garden. These plants require less water and maintenance, saving you time and resources while beautifying your outdoor space.

7. Cook smartly

Cooking efficiently can help you save energy and water. Use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking time and heat loss. Consider using a microwave or air fryer for smaller meals as they consume less energy compared with a full-size oven.

8. Regular heating maintenance

Keep your heating system well-maintained. Upgrade your home's insulation and consider investing in a programmable thermostat to optimise temperature settings.

9. Rainwater harvesting

Set up rain barrels to collect rainwater for gardening or washing the car. This free source of water can significantly reduce your reliance on water supplies.

10. Family energy challenge

Turn energy and water conservation into a fun family challenge. Set achievable goals and reward everyone with small treats when they meet them. This not only makes sustainability enjoyable but also reinforces positive habits.

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