How to cut your living expenses by half (and still eat well!)

In February this year Justin Bonello set out to halve his cost of living in the space of just three months. Now his challenge has ended and he shared the outcomes of his challenge with Cape Talk's Pippa Hudson.

Motivated by reducing his impact on the world, Bonello's departure point related to what he works with most - food. The fact that a startling 40 percent of food from an average family ends up in the bin saw him set his first task - planting his own vegetable garden.

In the 20 minute interview he shared some of the critical secrets to his success, including:

  • Growing his own vegetables
  • Cutting his electricity bill from R2000 to R500
  • Doubling his water bill (but re-used it in his garden)
  • Building a greenhouse
  • Harvesting rainwater
  • Doing an eco-audit of his house

How Justin Bonello shared his journey on his Facebook page

Top energy-saving tips

  • Replace light bulbs with more efficient ones (energy savers)
  • Switch lights off
  • Don’t use lampshades
  • Cleaning light bulbs
  • Insert a skylight
  • Turning off computers
  • Don’t overload or underload your fridge
  • Boil water for coffee on a gas stove
  • Use right size pots
  • Wonderbag
  • A dishwasher cuts electricity usage in half and uses nine times less water than a hand wash!
  • Frontloading washing machines are more efficient than top loaders
  • Trickle Saver to reduce standby consumption by TV accessories
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Better insulation – seal cracks, door brush
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Grey water system
  • Water-saving device on toilet
  • Drip=water system for veggie garden
  • Reject bottled water – it takes 16l of water to manufacture a 2l bottle
  • Earthsap organic products – Spar and Pick N Pay

Listen to Justin's full chat with Pippa, then be sure to visit his Facebook page for more!

How Justin Bonello shared his journey on his Facebook page


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