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Going Green Without Going Broke

We all know that going ‘green’ is all the rage at the moment, but for all you out there poor and starving, a state-of-the-art solar system might seem a little out of your price-range.

That’s why you’ve got to work with what you have and try out a touch of DIY. Now, before you get all huffy and say “I’m not a scientist, I don’t know how to make anything!” here are a few tips to get you in touch with your inner hippy without going completely broke.

EAT GREEN

If growing your own fills you full of dread, try visiting local farmer’s markets or buying locally grown fruit and veg. In the long run it will save you money because youreducewaste andyou’llonlybuy whatyoucaneat.

LET IN THE SUNSHINE

On sunny days, forget sitting in front of the TV with the curtains drawn. Open the curtains, windows or blinds and let in the light. The sun is great for you and it saves thousands of kilowatts of energy from being burned on a daily basis. So, you can make the environment a little bit better just by letting the sun in and you didn’t spend a penny!

SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS

When grocery shopping, make sure you bring your own reusable bags. Plastic bags take forever to biodegrade, so fabric is better. You could even have a go at makingyourown– it’scheapasanything andreallyeasytodo.

NO MORE DRYERS

Save energy and hang out your clothes to dry instead of using a tumble dryer. On a nice day your clothes will smell like they’ve been kissed with a little piece of sunshine andyoucanfeelgood fordoingyourpartin aneco-friendlyway.

BE KIND TO YOUR THERMO- STAT

It’s human nature for us to turn the heating up when we get too cold and down when we get too hot. Change your thinking just a little and keep the thermostat at a neutral setting during the summer and winter months and stick to it. If you get too hot shed some clothes – although don’t get too carried away if you live with other people. If you get too cold, keep throw blankets to hand or add layers.

Keep these ideas in mind and you are well on your way to going green on a budget.

Written by Mia Habens

 

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