25 Easy Savers
1. Reuse worn-out clothing items
Turn them into cleaning rags.
2. Unplug your chargers
Even if they are not connected to your device, they are still draining electricity. Most likely your total savings by unplugging your chargers will not be more than a dollar a year. But why would you even waste a small amount of electricity if you don't have to.
3. Switch off the standby modus of your electronics
Between 9-16% of the electricity consumed in homes is used to power appliances when they are in standby mode.
4. Dim the light of your screen
Adjust it to the amount of light around you. This will save your eyes as well.
5. Shutdown your computer overnight
Try to make a habit of it.
6. Boil water in an electric kettle
Need boiled water? Boil it in an electric kettle instead of heating it up on your stove. Besides money and gas this also saves you precious time.
7. Boil the amount of water you really need
Why fill up the the whole kettle? Use the exact amount of water you need. Most kettles have a liter indicator on the side to help you with finding the right amount of water you need. Remember that the more water you put in, the more time it takes before it's done. Therefore, using the right amount of water can save you time as well.
8. Put a cover on your pan when boiling water
The water will boil faster.
9. Cut vegetables into small pieces
This reduces the cooking time.
10. Use your cruise control
It adjusts the speed of your car by controlling the throttle position. It’s the consistent provision of fuel what improves your fuel economy. Your vehicle could get up to 15% better mileage.
11. Turn off the engine when standing still
When standing in front of a roadblock or a traffic light you can switch off the engine. Especially automatic cars are easy with this.
12. Say bye to coffee stirrer
Use a spoon to stir your coffee, then simply wash and reuse it. Every year, around 138 billion straws and stirrers are thrown away in the USA.
13. Use tap water
Did you know bottled water can be up to 10,000 times more expensive per gallon than tap water? Do the math. Think about the production and transportation that comes with a plastic bottle as well.
14. Make a digital list
Besides reducing waste, a digital list is more user-friendly. Find an app where you can make check off lists. Evernote is a good example.
15. Dim the lights when you are not in the room
Almost 20% of our worldwide energy use is for lighting. Try to do something about it. Don’t use lighting when you don’t need it.
16. Close the doors
Closed doors keep rooms warmer.
17. Fill the sink when shaving
You don’t need a running tap when shaving. Try to make it a habit.
18. Go for a shower
Baths use approximately double the amount of water a shower uses. This is why switching your bath for a shower can make a huge difference.
19. Close the tap while brushing your teeth
You don’t need a running tap when brushing your teeth. Try to make it a habit.
20. Use e-tickets
They are also easier to use and harder to lose.
21. Fill up your washing machine
In this way your machine works more efficiently. It’s also nice to load and unload the machine less frequently.
22. Turn your washing machine to 30 degrees
Normal dirty laundry will get out the same as washed at 40 degrees. Try it!
23. Try the eco-mode of your washing machine
Your machine will then use less water and power to do the same job.
24. Bank online
From paying your bills till asking questions about your financial situation. Almost anything your bank can do for you can be done online. Say bye to traffic jams, inconvenient opening hours and waiting lines at your local bank branch and say hi to a digital banking account.
25. Cancel your paper bank statements
When you switch from paper to digital statements, you can take advantage of convenient, secure and time-saving access to your statements and transactions, allowing you to keep track of your spending and balances any time you need to. If we all switch to digital statements we will save millions of trees and huge amounts of transportation emissions.
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