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 is 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.
15. Install solar
This solution is not available to everyone, but if you own your home and are in the financial position to do so, installing solar panels and storage solutions will save you money in the long run. It’s also great for the planet!
16. If it breaks, fix it
Unfortunately, we have become the ‘throwaway generation’. If something breaks, just chuck it. There are a lot of things that break in our homes that 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 to 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 your unwanted stuff on Gumtree and eBay creates a clean, calm space, and you make some extra cash in the process!
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