Going green when it comes to your household spending is almost certainly one of the best ways to save money. There are a number of great ways in which you can cut back on your household bills and make significant savings in the long run. With this in mind, here are my top green money-saving tips for your household in Nigeria.
Update your appliances
Old appliances use a lot more energy than newer ones. If your electrical appliances are older than 10-15 years, consider buying newer models, maybe even second-hand from a free-classified website, just make sure they’re not older than 5 years and that they’re in good condition. It might seem like a waste of money to some, but the truth is that new electrical appliances use up to 35% less energy.
Switch off your appliances when not in use
We tend to leave appliances such as computers, televisions, fans and lights on when they are not in use or when we leave the room. Make sure not to leave them in “standby mode” when you’re away from home or going to bed, because this is responsible for nearly 10% of our electricity bills.
Use energy saving light bulbs
By switching to energy saving light bulbs you will be initially spending more, but in the long run they last much longer and use much less electricity meaning that they make for a great investment.
Watch out for leaking faucets
It is very common, specially in antique houses, to have leaking faucets that waste enormous amounts of water every year. Even if it takes you a little bit extra cash, consider changing all defective faucets and instead saving water in the long run. Leaks are also very common around plumbing and wiring, windows and doors, etc. so check out your house and make sure it’s leak-free.
Use appropriate flat-bottomed pots and pans since they cook faster and thus use 50% less energy while cooking; make sure the pot size matches the stove plate! Also, while your food is being cooked, try covering the pot or pan with a lid so the heat is conserved within the utensil and your food will be ready in no time!
By taking these great green tips for your home in Nigeria into consideration, you will find yourselves well on your way to saving money.