7 eco-friendly tips for the home that also save money

If you take shorter showers and do without bathing, you save a lot of water.

If you want to live environmentally friendly and save money at the same time, you can make a big difference with just a few effective changes in the household. Here are seven tips for a cheaper and greener lifestyle.

Use less water


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If you take shorter showers and do without bathing, you save a lot of water.

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Water is not quite as rare a commodity in this country as it is in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, the reprocessing of the elixir of life costs a lot of energy, which you pay for with your water bill. There are many ways to save water and thus money in the home. A few tips: Reduce the shower time to a few minutes, avoid frequent full baths, collect rainwater for flushing the toilet or gardening and only turn on the washing machine or dishwasher when it is fully loaded.

Switch to LED lighting

LED lamps literally overshadow conventional light bulbs.
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LED lamps literally overshadow conventional light bulbs.

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are in the acquisition LED bulbs are a bit more expensive than conventional light bulbs. On the other hand, they pay for themselves fairly quickly and are also more environmentally friendly: They consume much less electricity, last much longer, don’t get as hot and do without toxins such as mercury and lead, which are often used in energy-saving lamps. Switching to LED bulbs is therefore one of the most effective ways to save money in the home and live more environmentally friendly at the same time.


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heat less

A good alternative to overheating: warm clothes.  It's also more comfortable.
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A good alternative to overheating: warm clothes. It’s also more comfortable.

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When it gets colder outside, you might want to turn the heating up all the way. However, it is more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and cheaper to first put on a warm sweater, wrap yourself up in a blanket or take a hot-water bottle to bed with you. Of course, you should still make sure that your apartment does not cool down completely. But you don’t have to turn the heating up all the way to do this. With You can also save money with smart thermostats – but you have to invest first.


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Prefer natural light

If you have large windows, you save money on lighting during the day.
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If you have large windows, you save money on lighting during the day.

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Some rooms get so much natural sunlight all by themselves that you can save money just by not having to turn on a lamp during the day. Shady rooms can sometimes be brightened up with a few cleverly placed mirrors or metal surfaces. And speaking of light: In general, you save a lot of money in the household if you always switch off lights as soon as you leave the room.

drink tap water

Tap water is just as refreshing as bottled water.
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Tap water is just as refreshing as bottled water.

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Plastic bottles are an avoidable environmental sin. Above all, you can get drinking water in this country in good quality and much cheaper from the tap. This not only saves you money when shopping and produces less waste, but also means you don’t have to carry as much weight home. If you prefer sparkling water, invest in one drinking water bubbler. A water filter helps in areas with very hard water.


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Eat seasonally and regionally

Especially in winter, seasonal food can easily become a challenge.  A tip: carrots and other roots will then grow on your doorstep.
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Especially in winter, seasonal food can easily become a challenge. A tip: carrots and other root vegetables then grow on your doorstep.

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Anyone who buys tomatoes and strawberries in winter pays dearly for fruit that has been grown in a greenhouse, has traveled many kilometers and hardly tastes like anything. If you want to live environmentally friendly and save money at the same time, pay attention to seasonal fruit and vegetables from the neighborhood: they are cheap, have only short transport routes behind them and also taste even more aromatic. If you haven’t been able to do too much with cabbage, beetroot and co., now is the time to look around for a few tasty recipes! If you really mean it, plant it yourself.

Switch off electrical devices completely

Two are better than one: With a switchable socket strip, your electrical devices are really switched off.
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Two are better than one: With a switchable socket strip, your electrical devices are really switched off.

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Many electrical devices, such as stereos, televisions, and computer monitors, continue to use electricity even after they are turned off. The stand-by mode may not eat up large amounts of electricity at first, but over time things start to pile up! It is therefore best to always unplug the devices completely or buy them yourself Socket strips with a power switch so that you can disconnect them from the mains with the push of a button.


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