Going green doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to combine green and frugal living. Even if you don’t have extra money in your wallet, you can still make some changes to make your lifestyle more environmentally-friendly and natural. Believe it or not, there are many green things you can do without any money at all. Let’s talk about Going Green on a Budget.
Make Your Own Eco-friendly Products
Instead of buying Eco-friendly cleaning products, which can be expensive, why not make your own at home? You can make homemade cleaning sprays using purely natural ingredients and avoid using products with nasty chemicals. Organic beauty products can also be expensive and handmade products are always more enjoyable. See below for links to some of our previous posts with DIY recipes for natural beauty and cleaning products.
Try these natural beauty recipes:
Try these natural cleaning recipes:
Buy Second Hand Instead of New
Another way to save money and go green is to buy second hand stuff. If you know how and where to look, there are lots of bargains to be found in charity shops and second-hand stores. Accept hand-me-downs and swap clothes with your friends. Also try to buy recycled products rather than new ones whenever possible.
Grow Your Own Fruits and Veggies
You may have to invest in some seeds, gardening equipment and maybe a greenhouse, but you will quickly return your investment. Grow your own fresh fruit and vegetables in your garden instead of always buying them from the supermarket. When you do have to pop out to buy food, make sure you buy local. Growing your own produce is a great way to eliminate toxic chemicals from your produce. They taste great too!
Only Use What You Need
You can save a huge amount of money and energy simply by making an effort to switch things off when you are not using them. Turn off all electrical devices and lights when not in use and only use as much water and heating as you need. This is a basic green living rule that can instantly improve your eco credentials.
Walk or Cycle Instead of Using a Car
Driving a car can be costly and have a negative impact on the environment. It may be difficult to go completely car free, but even using your vehicle less will have a positive impact on the environment and your waistline! Try walking and riding your bike more for nearby errands and short trips.
Insulate your home
There may be an initial cost in making sure your home is well insulated, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run. By insulating your home properly, covering up gaps that let the warm air escape and eliminating drafts, you will no doubt save money on heating bills.
Recycle and reuse
Recycling your household waste doesn’t cost a thing. All you have to do is get bins from your local authority and start sorting out trash into different types of recycling. Try to reuse things whenever possible instead of throwing things away without thinking. You will save money if you reuse things instead of having to replace them with something new.
The following is a guest post from Edward Woodward. A writer at Kedel blog.
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