Going green isn’t just a lifestyle change – it’s a way of life. If you’re prepared to do your bit for the planet, then you must be prepared to add a little bit of green into everything you do, from polluting less when you’re out and about, to saving energy – and money – in the home.

Sustainable living means adapting your lifestyle to reduce the amount of natural resources you use. Large scale businesses operating all over the world spend millions each year researching sustainability and other ways to cut costs such as transportation.

As green energy is becoming more usable in our day-to-day living, there are various way in which you can introduce money-saving techniques into the home that will benefit your sustainable living. Technology is widely available that will create green energy for you, and also limit the waste of energy you already produce.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways we can benefit the environment while also sustaining a healthy bank balance…

Free Electricity from Solar Panels

Depending on what type of solar panels you buy, you’ll be able to generate your own energy in order to power your home, including your water too.  Photo voltaic solar panels, for example, will give you a percentage of the electricity you use every day, and they also allow you to store the energy you don’t use. Provided there’s a market for it, you could actually sell any excess energy you make, providing an extra cash windfall and an alternative source of income.

Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

By replacing all your household light bulbs with energy-saving ones, your energy bills will benefit as well as the environment. The old style, inefficient light bulb wasted too much energy and are very hard to come by. To prevent extra waste, why not wait until these light bulbs run out and then replace them with efficient, green bulbs.

Recharge, Recharge, Recharge!

Wherever possible, use rechargeable items. As electronic gadgets start to break from wear and tear, buy rechargeable replacements. From batteries and radios to watches and even televisions, rechargeable products waste a lot less energy than standard battery items.

If You’re Not Using It, Switch It Off

By unplugging all items that you aren’t using, or taking them off stand-by, you’ll be able to save a month’s worth of electricity over the course of the year. Furthermore, the energy that flows into an appliance that isn’t being used is immediately wasted. If you’re looking to start going green, switching off stand-by and unplugging are the golden rules of sustainability!

Make Your Home Energy Efficient

If you’re looking to buy a new fridge, freezer, television or oven, make sure they’re the most energy efficient possible. On the surface, they’ll save you a wad of cash over the course of their lifetime. In terms of the environment, they’ll be easily repairable, won’t use as much energy as old models, and certainly won’t waste as much energy either.

This article was written by financial blogger Francesca on behalf of Brookson (visit website) who provide accountancy solutions for contractors.


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