By The Pocket Your Pounds Team | Published May 11, 2021
It should be no surprise that many of our current systems are not designed with the Earth’s health in mind. But there’s good news: The future of sustainability is here! More and more businesses are moving toward more eco-friendly opportunities for consumers.
It’s tough to feel like you as an individual can make a difference, which is why we compiled a list of game-changing ways that you can make an impact. Looking at services like Look After My Bills for instance, where customers save an average of £262/year just by switching utility providers. Small acts add up to make a big difference and are relatively effortless to implement.
1. Go Tiny
This one has been gaining loads of attention in recent years. Many are re-evaluating the cost of living large and the impacts – not just on their wallets, but on the environment. During the pandemic, remote work opportunities skyrocketed and people began moving out of the big city in search of greener pastures.
Current real estate prices, both urban and rural, are out of reach for younger generations and therefore new living solutions are in high demand. Downsizing your living space will save you both time and money in countless ways.
Less utilities to power a 500 sq. foot home
Less surface space = less cleaning supplies
Less furniture (because you won’t have space for it)
Less home maintenance = more time on your hands
More money for vacations, entertainment, and savings
2. Switch to a Green Energy Provider
Utility providers are spending millions on pivoting, with a sharp focus on sustainable opportunities for consumers. 7/10 people have switched to renewable energy companies, and members save an average of £262 a year. Companies like Look After My Bills (L.A.M.B.), offer a free service that makes it effortless to switch over utilities to green energy suppliers. Signing up for their service takes mere moments, and they auto-switch you to providers with reputations for outstanding customer service. Just sit back and watch as the L.A.M.B. algorithm sets you up with the best company and the best deal. Enjoy cheap green energy for life!
3. Invest in Permaculture
Permaculture is a combination of two words – permanent + agriculture. “It is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally-productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.” - Bill Mollison Empower yourself with the ability to grow your own food, while reducing waste and eliminating the cost of groceries. It will cut the amount of fuel required to import/export food. Is it really necessary to get avocados from Mexico or oranges from Florida? Probably not. Do some research to find out what types of food you can grow in your own backyard.
To level up your sustainability game, collect rainwater and use it to create a self-maintaining ecosystem. Gardening builds a strong sense of community, with people growing their own food and sharing the fruits of their labour with their peers.
4. Go Paperless
One of the best ways to offset carbon pollution and deforestation is by going paperless.
Office spaces are some of the worst offenders in paper waste. We have the “Wernham Hogg Paper Company” to thank for this (The Office U.K). According to a study by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, up to 45% of paper used in an office is discarded within a day. The sad reality is that many offices are unwilling to change their old ways out of pure stubbornness, but the fact is – they’re throwing money down the drain. The average office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of paper per year, which equates to roughly £480 each. If you have 100 employees, you’re spending upwards of £50,000/year on paper for the office.
Technology has made paper redundant in the office space. You can now do virtually everything online, and if you can’t, you better believe that in a garage somewhere, someone is building an app for it. During the pandemic, bidet sales shot through the roof among fears of toilet paper going extinct. Suppliers suggest that there is no long-lasting shortage, but the irrational stockpiling of toilet paper in the beginning of the pandemic made some people wonder.
Some other ways to go paperless:
Use a cellphone for notes
Use cloth napkins instead of paper
Switch to a Kindle or a similar E-Reader
5. Go Thrifting
Even with thrift stores closed around the world, there are still ample opportunities to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle online. Websites like Craigslist, Gumtree, and Facebook Marketplace feature listings from buyers and sellers across the UK. With the click of a button, you can easily find furniture, books, vehicles, clothes, and more.
With trends constantly changing and people wanting to stay up to date, fast fashion and the over-consumption of goods is rampant. By shopping used you’ll be supporting your local economy and saving 50-80% on second-hand items. Happy thrifting!
6. DIY Household Supplies
We are all guilty of convenience shopping. But how much are we really spending on home cleaning products? Stats show that the average household spends £600 annually on home cleaning supplies. Not only are most of them filled with harmful chemicals, but they are also expensive.
There is a new movement of health- and finance-conscious individuals moving towards creating their own natural products. Buying a bottle of vinegar, a box of baking soda, and a couple lemons will run you under £10 pounds and it will cover almost all of your household cleaning needs.
Our Best Suggestion
At the end of the day, it’s all about finding simple ways to put money back into your pocket while respecting the planet. Small acts can go a long way and there are plenty of green companies now looking out for your best interest.
Look After My Bills is one of such companies that puts the customer back in control and does the heavy lifting for them. Its mission is to reach out to everyone getting ripped off on their energy bills and help to stop them from needlessly paying steep supplier loyalty taxes.
How Look After My Bills works to save you money:
It takes two minutes to sign up, then you’ll never have to worry about your energy bills ever again.
They put advanced algorithms to work and find you a great money-saving deal. You do nothing.
They’ll let you know that they’ve found a deal and switch you, taking care of everything: All of the suppliers that they work with have been meticulously reviewed and are continually monitored for customer satisfaction levels.
When that deal ends they’ll switch you again to the least expensive rate, you still don’t need to do anything.