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Make Your Home Green and Save!

Going green is not only good for the planet, but it can be good for your wallet, too! Here are five ways it can help you save money, and create a home you love.

Switch it offHow about this for a little game: challenge yourself to lower this month’s electricity bill. Take note of last month’s bill and write it down somewhere obvious. Every day, think about your goal and make a habit of turning off the lights when no one’s in the room. You’ll be looking forward to the next bill, to see if you made it.

Go multipurpose – How many cleaning products do you have at home? All of these products are not only costly, but also fill your home with toxins! Take the smart approach: use a natural dish soap (www.ecover.com.sg) to clean your windows, tiles, bathroom, toilets and even to lift stains from rugs and upholstery. Just add a drop into a bucket of warm water and you’ll have a great multipurpose cleaner.

Cultivate a green thumb – Save on your grocery bills by growing herbs at home. Spend a fun afternoon at a workshop such as Growell (www.facebook.com/TheGrowellPopup) to learn more about indoor gardening. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can grow fresh herbs, and how much money you can save! Bonus: the fresh greens will add a beautiful touch to your home.

Embrace the minimal life – “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be beautiful,” according to English artist William Morris.

Buy less and buy better! – Carefully curate your home. Step away from mass consumerism and strive for a richer life of engagement with your surroundings – look for pieces that carry a story you can connect to.

Get hands-onDraw decor inspiration from interior design magazines and think about how you can recreate the looks in your home for less. For example, a new coat of paint can transform an old piece of furniture. Check out Hock Siong & Co (www.facebook.com/HockSiongCo) for some great, inexpensive second-hand finds. With a little imagination, you can create beautiful decor pieces for a fraction of the cost.

Did you know? Your home may be lurking with energy vampires! Cable boxes, DVD players, chargers, game stations and gadgets – these electronics continue to sap energy even when they are turned off. Together, they can account for almost 10% of your electric bill! Unplug them when they are not in use.


By Little Green Dot, Home & Décor, April 2015

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