Published on June 6th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor5
Economical Living Can Help Save Money and the Planet
Two of the most important challenges facing households today are how to live more economically and how to be more environmentally friendly.
Baines and Ernst have published a new Infographic called ‘Live more economically and save the planet‘ which primarily offers advice on the first of these issues. However, much of the advice given can also be seen to be good for the environment and can indeed contribute to saving the planet.
Households use 68% of their energy consumption to heat their homes, so this should be one of the areas considered if you are seeking ways to reduce your utility costs. Draught-proofing suitable parts of the home and adding loft insulation can save the average household over £150 per year. And double-glazing your home can save an average of £140. Adding wall insulation can save typically £160 per year. Whilst these measures can be initially costly to implement, there are several charity and government schemes which can help with the costs. The potential savings to be made by making sure that your home is better insulated will repay the cost in just a few years.
There are other great tips for reducing the cost of utility bills, all of which will lead to a greener lifestyle and hence slow down global warming. Ideas such as turning your fridge’s temperature setting down slightly, washing clothes at a lower temperature and ensuring appliances are not left on standby will hardly impact on your everyday life but will have a noticeable impact on your yearly outgoings.
Another method to reduce utility bills is to use a utility comparison service such as that offered by Baines and Ernst called Solve and Save. After you provide details of your utility bills, the comparison service will search to see whether you are on the best possible tariff. And if you are not, this service can even arrange the switch to a new supplier.
Water is a precious resource which we all take for granted to a certain degree. Clean drinking water, hot showers and flushing toilets are luxuries that we would not want to be without. Helping to save water secures the long-term future of this resource for our planet. And in addition, if your household has a water meter it can help to save you money. Baths use, on average, four times as much water as a shower. A single dripping tap could waste up to 120 litres of fresh clean water each month. Installing a water butt is a simple, cost-effective way of trapping rainwater which can then be used to water your plants and lawn.
In the United Kingdom, households typically waste £480 worth of food that gets thrown away. Follow some simple tips such as never going shopping when you are hungry (you will always buy more food!), setting a proper weekly menu plan each week and ensuring you stick to it and always making a list before your grocery shop. You will find that not only do you cut down on monthly supermarket bills, but you will also waste much less food, which of course is good for the planet!
These tips are a starting point towards adopting more economical and environmentally friendly policies for your household. Just one household implementing these changes would seem to make only a very small difference to the problem of global warming. But if we were all to make these changes it would have a great impact on our planet.
This post was generously sponsored by Baines & Ernst