There are times when doing the right thing needn’t be much of a sacrifice. In fact, it can even save you money.
Let’s look at climate change as an example.
It has become a moral imperative to change out ways to reduce our energy consumption to help fight climate change.
A very nice side benefit from taking this on as a social responsibility is that we also end up saving money by taking steps to reduce our consumption!
In this article I will go over the ways that doing our duty and saving money can intersect making it easy to do the right thing.
Use less, spend less
The very first thing we should be focused on is using less electricity in general. By cutting back on telly time and other little changes, we can end up making a difference. And out wallet will also feel the effects.
Instead of using your oven to reheat yesterday’s pizza, why not use a smaller toaster oven? It will take less time, too. Yet another benefit to doing the right thing!
Unplugging all of your phone chargers is another simply way to consume less as they can sap electricity even when they are not actively charging.
You should definitely be looking into upgrading your appliances to newer, more efficient models. It may not seem like saving money when you have to spend, but many times the efficiency will have the appliances pay for themselves over time.
An example would be to replace your inefficient water heater with an electric tankless water heater. These pay for themselves over time as they only use electricity when you turn your hot water on instead of heating water all day when you aren’t home.
Keep your home cool in the summer
With heat waves becoming more frequent in the UK, you may be tempted to get an air conditioner. Resist the urge and instead take some passive acts to cool your home naturally.
Small things like keeping the drapes closed when the sun is low in the sky, using windows for cross ventilation and even wearing lighter clothes in the home will all help keep you cool and lower your consumption.
Switch to solar or wind
By using solar or wind generated power you can not only save on your monthly bill which will have your panels or turbine pay for itself, but you may end up being a net energy provider and be paid for your excess energy.
If you are cutting back on your consumption then the chance of getting paid for your electricity is increased.
Once you have implemented all of these things, then you should also look into switching your electricity provider for even more savings. Go to https://www.simplyswitch.com/ and with no effort you can see savings of hundreds of pounds per year.
With all of these small efforts you can make a big difference. And ask your friends to do the same!