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 off – How 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-on – Draw 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