Frugal Family

Saving Money (and the planet) Starts At Home

Killing two birds with one stone might sound a little barbaric in real life. But as far as working your way towards a cleaner and greener lifestyle, this is certainly the way to go. After all, those upgrades essentially boil down to being more efficient. Frankly, the only place you should start those transformations is at home.

Enhancing your home for a greener and cheaper way of living doesn’t need to be overly complex. Forget the solar roof panels, at least for now, and focus your attentions on these simple adjustments. You’ll begin to see those benefits in a matter of weeks.

Cut Energy Usage

There’s nothing worse than causing more damage and spending money on essential items that could be altered with minimal fuss. Choosing LED Bulbs, LED Fittings can cut 90% off of energy usage compared to incandescent bulbs. That can only be great news for your pocket as well as the environment.

In truth, though, your habits are the biggest influence. Opting for more showers and fewer baths will save water. Similarly, hanging clothes on the line rather than using the tumble dryer can have a noticeable impact too.

Reduce Energy Waste

Making smarter choices regarding appliances and habits provides a solid foundation. However, it’s equally important to ensure that you aren’t wasting it. First and foremost, you need to know that items are working in the correct manner. Faulty products can end up running in a more costly fashion, and that extra energy doesn’t do much for your green aspirations either.

The biggest waste is through heat loss, though. Ensuring that roof insulation is at a suitable standard is crucial while thicker windows helps too. Finally, you must make sure that heating appliances are not obstructed by furniture. Good circulation will reduce your need for more heat massively.

Embrace The Garden

If you are blessed with a garden, it is undoubtedly the gateway to a greener and better life. As you may already know, we’re going for a mini farm. However, you don’t necessarily need to go as far as we have to see huge improvements.

Growing fruit and veg will instantly cut your grocery bills and carbon footprint. Moreover, it will encourage you to employ a better diet. Couple this with building a garden composter from old wooden pallets, and you’re well on your way to achieving your goal of a greener existence.

Swiss Chard; Bright Lights can be found in our garden atm.
Swiss Chard; Bright Lights can be found in our garden atm.

Repurpose Unwanted Goods

Most people are guilty of throwing things away unnecessarily. While I wouldn’t advocate hoarding items, repurposing those unwanted items can be hugely beneficial. Upcyling has become increasingly popular, and it’s a great way to add character to the home without spending money.

Moreover, keeping those items reduces your waste. Even if you end up selling those items following the upgrade process, that little bit of TLC is hugely influential. Besides, those projects can become great fun. In some cases, you an even complete those jobs as a family. Now if that isn’t an incentive to start living a greener and cheaper lifestyle, I don’t know what is.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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