The environment – a hot topic for the past few years. With global warming, extreme weather conditions and concerns about the future, you can see why. We are often encouraged to take a more eco-friendly approach to the way we live. Cycle instead of drive, use Hydro Solar energy instead of fossil fuels and stop using so much chuffing plastic!
But I’m sure we are all aware the nothing in life is free. Though the majority of people want to do the right thing, is it finally possible for your average joe? Let’s take a look.
Products like Ecover and Method offer an alternative to your standard household brands. Most cleaning products contain chemicals that can pollute our environment by evaporating, entering water supplies causing them to be eaten by sea life which is then eaten by us. Doom.
Although CFCs aerosol products are now banned, most aerosols still contain chemicals that are damaging to the environment. Microbeads found in some abrasive cleaning products are basically tiny bits of plastic that end up in the seas and let’s not get started on one-use wipes.
I love Mrs Hinch, I really do, she’s funny and a sweetie but I hope one day she stops using anti-bacterial wipes, stops spraying air freshener so much before going to bed and starts promoting more eco-friendly products!
The product is with these eco-friendly alternatives is that they’re expensive. Let’s take a look.
This tends to be the trend I see across supermarkets. The eco-friendly versions are usually expensive, whereas the ones with chemicals in are usually cheap or on half-price offers!
Energy efficient appliances
Energy efficient appliances are usually more expensive to buy initially but save you money on your bills in the long run. Now all white goods have to have a minimum energy rating of A+, which makes it tough to decide which one to buy. You need to look at the kWh on the labels to figure out which is the most energy efficient.
You don’t pay tax on electric cars and they cost about 3.7p per mile to run vs the 14.2p per mile of an electric car. The issue is that electric cars are more expensive to buy, insure and lose value quicker. This means that in the long run, they do end up costing more.
Fuel is a big issue, though, and we do need to find a way to cut back. Companies mobilizz.com like help businesses reduce their fuel costs. In fact, most companies, such as filtervac.com, have mission statements that focus on reducing energy consumption and helping the environment.
Solar panels cost between £1500 and £8000 to install depending on their size. £1500 would be the smallest size suitable for one person’s use. The more people under the roof, the higher the cost is! You can save up to 50% on your energy bills, so it is a good long-term investment, but you’ll have to take a big hit to start with!
It’s can actually work out cheaper to buy your vegetables lose. Taking your own bags to the supermarket that you can reuse to pack it in. Prepared veg is more expensive, as well as having more packaging than needed.
Reusing water bottles is also cheaper than buying new water each time. I do buy plastic water bottles, but I essentially re-use it again and again until I leave it somewhere at work. It’s cheaper than spending £1 on a new one each day and the same bottle can last me a month!
Overall, whether being eco-friendly is cheaper depends on what you are thinking of investing in. Some things are more expensive, such as cleaning products, some things are a long-term investment, such as solar panels and other things are cheaper – like reducing plastic or re-using things.
We all need to make smarter choices, but I do think that companies that offer energy alternatives need to think about the costs. I’m sure if there was a choice of two products that cost the same, 90% of people would pick the most energy efficient version.
What are your thoughts?