Would you like to live sustainably and save money? In this article, you will read my 5 sustainable tips that reduce the impact on the earth and immediately help to save money.
Save money by living more sustainably
When thinking of this article, I thought it would be nice to show which sustainable tips I apply to myself. And how these tips help me save a lot of money. You do not always know how much money you save by implementing the sustainable tips below, but with some tips, I have tried to give a rough estimate.
With the sustainable tips below you will certainly save a lot of money.
1. Do not throw away food
More than 40 kilos of food – we throw this amount into the bin per person unnoticed every year. That is 680 million kilos of food for the whole of the US. You can hardly imagine that so much food is wasted every year.
At home, we try our best not to throw food away. Of course, we occasionally find a bag of stale spinach at the back of the refrigerator. For me it is a sport not to have to throw away food:
- I usually process leftovers in the fridge in a soup or a curry.
- I regularly check the products with a longer shelf life (such as flour, sauces, and preserves) for expiry dates. Are there any products that are soon past their date? Then find out if you can make something tasty with it in the short term.
- Do you usually cook too much? Then freeze extra portions of food for another time. This will save you another meal – and thus time and money.
2. Eat more vegetable proteins
Eat less or no more meat and replace animal proteins with vegetable proteins. Vegetable proteins are usually a lot cheaper than animal proteins. Take a can of black beans as an example. Black beans contain as much protein as chicken fillet, but chicken fillet is a lot more expensive (fortunately).
- Black beans cost you about 0.28 cents per 100 grams,
- The cheapest chicken fillet in the supermarket costs you about $1 per 100 grams – or almost 4 times as much
So you can save a lot of money by not eating meat anymore. Also, you are of course a lot more animal-friendly and sustainable. Of course, you don’t have to serve those black beans as a mess with your evening meal. For example, make this black bean burger – super delicious!
Invest in solar panels
You generate your energy, save money on electricity costs and it is very sustainable. In my opinion, these are the three main reasons that we had 6 solar panels installed on our roof 5 years ago.
The downside: While solar panel costs are getting lower and lower, it’s still quite pricey. However, the payback time of solar panels is getting shorter. This is an important reason for many people to opt for solar panels now. It differs a bit which website or service you want to believe – the average payback time of solar panels is now about 6-7 years.
We also use sustainable Vandebron for our energy and gas consumption. An overview of our energy consumption over the past 6 months:
- The solar panels have delivered more than 650 kWh
- We have consumed 612 kWh in electricity costs
- The solar panels delivered more than 38 kWh net during this period
So it is definitely worth asking for a quote or doing a free roof check. This way you will find out how much energy you can generate with solar panels on your roof.
4. Think carefully about your car use
Do you sometimes think about whether it is better to take the bicycle or train instead of the car? Now I still have a car, but I usually only use the car once a week. I almost always move on foot (I live close to the city center), the bicycle (my workplace is only half an hour by bike) and I regularly take the train (I live close to the station, the train is fast and the car is parked in the city is very expensive).
A while ago I was very unsure whether I could put the car away because it was not used much. However, for now, I still like to have a car – in this article, I calculated that having a car is very expensive.
5. Avoid impulse purchases
You know how it goes. You walk past a store, see an advertisement, someone shows his or her beautiful purchases. And suddenly you want to have this yourself.
These purchases are also known as impulse purchases. You think in an impulse that you MUST have this product. If you want to pay more attention to the little ones, it is good to avoid these kinds of impulse purchases.
How can you do this? Be the first to ask yourself why you want this product so badly. Then remember that these impulse purchases are not going to make your life better. Often they just make things complicated and expensive because if you tend to make impulse purchases often this will cost you a lot of money and make life and home unnecessarily full.A waste of all the money.