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Reflecting Ireland: Tips to save money and help the planet

14 November 2023

Our latest issue of Reflecting Ireland focuses on our attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable living. We find that although most of us are very concerned about the effects of climate change, on a day to day level our minds are preoccupied by the cost of living. This can get in the way of us making changes to live more sustainably.

The good news is that sustainable living can deliver savings. By making small changes to our lifestyles we can save money, waste less and live better while at the same time doing our bit for the planet.  

    1. Stop food waste

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average Irish household is binning between €400-€1,000 of food each year. That’s how much you could save by cutting back on food waste. Visit for hints and tips on how to make the most of the food you buy, cut down on food waste and ultimately save yourself money. There are tips on meal planning, how to store food so it lasts longer and how to use up leftovers. Plus there are some great recipes to try out.

    2. Walk, cycle or use public transport

Where possible, walk or cycle – enjoy the health benefits of fresh air and exercise while saving money. Choose public transport over private whenever you can. Each time you choose these options over driving you save money on transport and parking fees.  

    3. Choose pre-loved

Go for pre-loved items for excellent value and great choice. From books to clothes, furniture, household items and much more, it’s easier than ever to buy pre-loved. Check out where you can buy from the best Irish charity shops, saving yourself money and supporting great causes at the same time.

    4. Swap places

For a great value holiday, consider swapping homes. Register your home on, browse homes available to swap with and enjoy a break with the peace of mind that you’re saving money, and your home is being looked after while you’re away.

    5. Get savvy on energy grants

According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), approximately 60% of the energy we use in our homes goes towards heating. At a time when energy bills are high, it makes financial sense to make your home as heat efficient as possible. The best way to do this is to get a home energy upgrade, and there are grants available to reduce the cost. Our research shows that 1 in 4 are unaware of the availability of retrofitting and energy grants. Check out to find out what grant support you may be eligible for.

    6. Go electric

Both and provide information on supports available for anyone buying an electric vehicle. Grants are available for purchasing an electric vehicle and installing a home charging point. Once you own an electric vehicle you will save on the cost of fuel, tolls and motor tax on an ongoing basis.

Read the full Reflecting Ireland report here

The content of this blog does not constitute advice and is for general information purposes only. Readers should always seek professional advice before relying on anything stated in the blog. Some of the links above bring you to external websites. Your use of an external website is subject to the terms of that site.

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