Be green and save money!
I penned a few words on how reducing food waste could save you money for the Tesco Greener Living website recently. Go and take a peek and let me know what you think.
While I was there, I started playing with Tesco’s Save Money House. Just when you think you know all there is about being a true Mrs green, something new comes along to surprise you.
Tesco’s tell me I can save over £3500 by being greener, so who was I to say No!? I know about the energy saving lightbulbs and we’ve gone one step further by running LEDs from a small solar panel. Last year we had full cavity wall instalation and double glazing put in to make our home more energy efficient. I only boil the amount of water I need and we don’t use a tumble dryer.
However, I hadn’t heard of a stand-by-saver – do you know what that is? Apparently a stand-by-saver turns off a charger after a set amount of time. This is one area where I’m particularly bad; I tend to put my mobile on charge overnight, so it stays on for around 8 hours.
I was glad to see that they have recycling tips built into the Save Money House, such as keeping reusable bags handy for unexpected shopping trips, using up leftovers in the kitchen and making your own compost.
Another thing I still do out of habit, is laundry at 40 degress. Apparently I could be saving £10 a year by washing at 30 degrees. Well, you know what they say – Every little helps
What about you? What small steps could you take to save money and increase your green credentials?