5 ways to save money by being eco-friendly

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Going green is not only good for the planet, it can be good for your wallet too! Here are five ways it can help you save money, and create a home you love. 

Get hands-on

Draw inspiration from interior design magazines and think about how you can recreate the looks in your home for less. For example, a new coat of paint can transform an old piece of furniture. Check out Hock Siong & Co for some great, inexpensive second-hand finds. With a little imagination, you can create beautiful decor pieces for a fraction of the cost.

Switch it off

Challenge yourself to lower your electricity bill. Take note of last month's bill and write it down somewhere obvious. Every day, think about your goal and make a habit of turning off the lights when no one's in the room. You'll be looking forward to next month's bill.

Go multipurpose

How  many cleaning products do you have at home? All of these products are not only costly, but also fill your home with toxins! Take the smart approach: use a natural dish soap to clean windows, tiles, bathrooms, toilets, and even to lift stains from rugs and upholstery. Just add a drop into a bucket of warm water and you'll have a great multipurpose cleaner. You can also try the baking soda and vinegar technique.

Cultivate a green thumb

Save on your grocery bills by growing herbs at home. Spend a fun afternoon at a workshop to learn more about indoor gardening. You'll be surprised at how easily you can grow fresh herbs, and how much money you can save. Plus, the greens add a beautiful touch to your home. Tips here!

Embrace the minimal life

Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be beautiful - English artist, William Morris. Buy less and buy better! Carefully curate your home. Step away from mass consumerism and strive for a richer life of engagement with your surroundings - look for pieces that carry a story you can connect to.