Tackling the climate emergency and delivering on our Green Plan is important to us and part of that is working with staff on what they can do to help. Our sustainability team have shared these tips with staff on how they can help save money and the environment but they are relevant to anyone who wants to do their bit.
Saving money and protecting the environment are two goals that often go hand in hand. With the right actions, you can make positive changes in your own life that not only reduces your bills but also help to create a more sustainable future. Here are some tips for how you can take action in their own lives to save money and help the environment.
- Reduce energy use: This is a hot topic at the moment but one of the most effective ways to save money and help the environment is by reducing energy consumption. Turning off lights and appliances when not in use, using energy-efficient light bulbs, and adjusting the thermostat to conserve energy are all simple actions that can add up to significant savings over time.
- Use reusable items: Instead of using disposable items, such as paper towels, plastic bags, and water bottles, opt for reusable alternatives. This not only reduces waste but also saves money in the long run.
- Grow your own food: Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money on groceries and reduce your carbon footprint. Not only does it eliminate the need for packaging and transportation, but it also promotes a healthier lifestyle. You might think you need an allotment or a huge garden but actually you can grow potatoes in containers and it might just set you off on the path to the good life.
- Buy second hand items: Buying second hand items, such as clothing, furniture, and electronics, is a great way to save money and reduce waste. Charity shops, and things like Facebook marketplace are all great resources for finding quality items at a fraction of the cost. And Facebook Marketplace (other platforms are available) could be a good place to sell things you don’t need anymore
- Reduce water usage: Most people don’t have a water meter (but that doesn’t mean we can waste water) but for some people it might save you money to get one and you can find out more about who can save on the Money Helper website Splash the cash: can a water meter save you money? (moneyhelper.org.uk) which is a government backed website so you can trust the information on there
Our Green Plan says we will work with staff to raise the awareness of the climate emergency and will be producing more guides like this in the future. You can find out more about our Green Plan on our website here Our Green Plan – NTW Solutions