17 Eco Home Hacks To Save Money And The Planet

Kira Simpson

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1. Turn off the water while you soap yourself in the shower

Australia is the highest user of water per person in the world. We use approximately 25,000 gigalitres of water every year – which is equivalent to 50 Sydney Harbours.

2. Cut your dishwashing tablets in half

Tried and tested, a half tablet is sufficient to wash a standard load of dishes. This works well for powered based tablets. It’s probably best not to try this with liquid based tablets!

3. Save your vegetable peels and scraps

Vegetable peels can be used to make stock and stew or soup bases. Just simmer the peelings in salted water for 1-2 hours and store in the fridge or freezer. So easy!

4. Ditch the paper towels

Disposable paper towels are expensive and wasteful. Instead use tea towels or or small kitchen towels which can be washed and reused time and time again.

5. Grow your own herbs

Fresh herbs can be expensive and if you don’t use them within a week, they go to waste. Even if you’re not a gardener, herbs are super easy to grow and small enough to live on the kitchen counter.

6. Install a water saving device

I know these can be painful when you have to wash your hair (I’ve been there!) But, a standard showerhead uses about 15 to 25 litres of water per minute whereas a three star rated water efficient showerhead uses as little as 6 or 7 litres per minute. With water rates rising every quarter, this is a great investment.

7. Reuse your waste water

Leave a bucket in the bottom of your shower and use it to water your garden or house plants and save on your water bill.

8. Eat less meat

Meat is expensive, especially if your buying ethical, pasture raised meat. We don’t need to be eating meat at every meal and one of the easiest ways to reduce your weekly food bill and your environmental footprint is to reduce the amount meat you eat.

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9. Use the sun to dry your clothes

Nothing beats clean laundry dried with fresh air and sunlight. Dryers have their place when it rains for long periods but on sunny days, use your clothes line.

10. Do a little DIY

Natural beauty and cleaning products can be expensive, but if you have the time, making your own is a fantastic way to save money. Most of what you need to make things like body scrubs, lip balms and face masks you can find in your pantry and fridge. 1 Million Women have some great DIYs which are super easy to make.

11. Switch to energy efficient light globes

Lighting consumes between 8% – 15% of the average household electricity budget. By switching to LEDs and CFLs you can save hundreds off your electricity bill every year. Check out the light bulb saver app to see what globes are best for your home.

12. Wash clothes in cold water

No hot water means less power used and your clothes will last longer.

13. Buy food locally

By buying closer to home, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and supporting and encouraging growth within the local economy. Plus, farmer’s markets are so cheap!!

14. Reduce food waste

Throwing unwanted food in the bin, to be sent to landfill, is terrible for your wallet and the planet. You can help reduce your food waste by planning your weekly meals. Write them down, make a shopping list and try to stick with it. By planning ahead you’re more likely to have less food left over at the end of each week. There’s also a great app to help you use the leftovers on your cupboard here. 

15. Install solar

This solution is not available to everyone but if you own your home and in the financial position do so, installing solar panels and storage solution’s will save you money in the longrun. It’s also great for the planet!

16. If it breaks, fix it

Unfortunately we have become the ‘throwaway generation’. If somethings broke, just chuck it. There are a lot of things that break in our homes which could quite easily be repaired with a little know how and elbow grease. Jump on YouTube to see if there are tutorials to teach you how, enlist the help of someone with the skills you need or just take it to a repair shop.

17. Sell your unwanted stuff

Jump on board the minimalist train and de-clutter your home. Selling you unwanted stuff on Gumtree and Ebay creates a clean, calm space and you make some extra cash in the process!

Do you have any to add to the list? Share them in the comments below!

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Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability educator. She started The Green Hub in 2015 and has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education platforms dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable life, talking about the big environmental issues like climate change, plastic pollution, and fast fashion – showing people how they can have an impact through their own small daily actions and how to be part of the bigger environmental movement.