How to be Greener on a Budget

There is a lot of pressure these days to be more caring towards the environment and you may really want to try your best as well. There are a lot of things we can do that seem really expensive though such as changing our car to an electric one or to replace our boiler with one that does not run on gas. This can make it seem like it will be impossible to make a significant change without spending a fortune. However, making small changes can make a difference and they can all add up. There might also be some things that you can do which will even save you money.


The first main thing we can try is to reuse things more. We often throw things away without thinking about whether tis is the best thing to do with them. It is good to think about whether they can be reused. Everything from wrapping paper and envelopes to clothing and newspapers could be reused. Of course, they might be recycled and so you may think this will be enough, but if we can reuse them before recycling we can save money and the environment. Carefully remove the tape from wrapping paper and you might be able to use it again. Use paper as scrap instead of using notebooks, so the backs and insides of envelopes, back of wrongly printed paper etc. It can be written on and then recycled. Newspapers can be used to wrap things in when posting or to stuff in boxes around items to protect them and some people even use the pages instead of wrapping paper. Clothing may be able to be darned, repurposed or given to charity shops to be resold.


It is important to make sure that we are recycling properly. Make sure that you are aware of exactly what items are collected kerbside and then whether there are other local facilities for recycling other things. It is worth knowing that even things like empty pens can be recycled you just have to find out where. There are websites where you will be able to find out details of where you can recycle things like this locally.

Buy second hand

If you buy things second hand then you are not buying something that has been made new. This means that you are prolonging the life of an item which is good. Often it will be cheaper than buying a new item as well. You may have to search harder for it, but if you buy online then you might be able to search more easily by entering the details of what you want and it will search for you. In a charity or second hand shop you will have to search yourself through the items to find one that is suitable.

Never waste things

These days we do tend to waste a lot of things. Whether it is food that has gone off before we ate it, the last few pages of a notebook so we can start the next one or a shower gel that we just do not like the smell of. If we can get out of the habit of wasting things like this we will save money and we will be being greener. Food is probably one of the biggest things we waste so get into the habit of checking dates and using things up or putting them in the freezer so that they can be used up when you are ready to.

Cut down on electric, gas and water use

We could probably all cut down on these a bit. Turning our heating down or having it on less often could be a good start. Having showers instead of baths and turning off appliances when we are not using them will also help. Even using a more economical setting on our washing machine or using an clothes airer instead of a drier will make a big difference. Thinking about where we are using these things and how we can make a difference could be really useful.

Use the car less

We often rely on using the car a lot even if we are just going short distances. It is wise to think about whether we can walk or cycle instead as that will save us money and help the environment as well as having the bonus of helping us to get fitter. Using public transport can be more expensive but there are ways to save money by buyer tickets in advance, travel cards or multiple journey tickets and so it can be worth looking into these and seeing if you can save enough money that way to make it worthwhile.

Eat less meat, fish and dairy

Cutting down on our meat, fish and dairy is something that has been flagged up as a way to be greener. Although this might seem like a campaign from vegans to get everyone to change, it is often said that you just need to consider cutting down a bit and you do not need to go completely vegan. Often, we do eat more meat and dairy than is healthy for us anyway and so cutting down our portion sizes could help us to be healthier and lose some weight. We will also find that it is cheaper to have a smaller portion as well.