Green is the new black, but when money is tight being eco-friendly is not always a priority.  But here are ten simple ways to combine these two objectives – saving the planet and saving your budget!


  1. When buying new appliances such as fridges, dryers, and washing machines, focus on the energy rating. Look at both the star and number rating to see how efficient that appliance will be day to day.  The more stars an item has, the more energy, gas or water efficient the appliance is.
  2. Cut down laundry costs by changing to washing in cold water and using the line to dry instead of the dryer.
  3. Invest in rechargeable batteries for remote controls, toys and gadgets around the house.  Not only will you never run out, you will stop forking out for more batteries too!
  4. Become a member of your local library.  As well as borrowing books and toys for the kids, libraries are a great source of DVDs and CDs.  If you are a reader, start borrowing books for yourself rather than buying.
  5. Install water efficient showerheads.  Look for showerheads with a three-star WELS rating, these will use less than nine litres of water per minute; whereas old-style showerheads use nearly double – 15-20 litres per minute.
  6. Insulate your ceiling to make your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.  This will save on heating and cooling costs.
  7. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.  A simple action that saves.
  8. Have a shower instead of taking a bath.  Baths use about 20% more water than showering. Commit to rubbish free lunches for the whole family, with each family member taking a pre-made lunch with a drink bottle packed waste-free.
  9. Cutting out excessive waste, saves on cling wrap, snap lock bags and more, and taking your entire lunch means no added expenditure.
  10.  Save yourself up to 15% of running costs by investing in a gas hot-water system with a 5-star rating or a gas booster.