How you can save the planet (and your cash)

Whoever you are and wherever you live, we all share the same planet.

And as Mother Earth is the only planet we’ve got, it’s vital we do what we can to protect it from environmental damage and pollution.

On June 5, nations around the world take part in World Environment Day, raising awareness of issues such as global warming, marine pollution and wildlife protection.

Political leaders are still striving to find solutions to these problems – but each and every one of us can play a part in protecting the planet right now.

The Good2GoNow program is an innovative way in which people on low incomes can help the environment and save themselves money.

The program is co-ordinated by Good Shepherd Microfinance and The Good Guys and operates a No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) to provide individuals and families access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

Successful applicants can borrow up to $1,200 and pay it off in instalments over 12-18 months.

The initial cost of replacing old and inefficient appliances, which use a lot of electricity, can soon be recouped through lower power bills.

The Good2GoNow program offers access to the entire range from The Good Guys at competitive prices including fridges, freezers, washers, TVs and laptops available for purchase through the NILS program.

All whitegoods (fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers) now have a six-star energy rating indicator to tell you how energy efficient each appliance is.

Energy efficient appliances use less electricity – and that means power stations pump less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and customers receive lower bills.

It’s a great win-win for the planet and your pocket.

Remember, even if an appliance doesn’t have six stars, it doesn’t mean it isn’t energy efficient.

An efficient dishwasher has an energy rating of 3.5 or more and will typically use 30 per cent less electricity than older models.

An energy efficient washing machine has at least a 3.5 star energy rating and will be around 25 per cent cheaper to run.

An energy efficient dryer has at least 2 stars and will use 15 per cent less electricity than older appliances.

Exactly how much new appliances can save you depends on how often you use them and your current electricity plan – but smart purchases can knock hundreds of dollars off your annual energy bills.

So do your bank balance and the environment a favour and think about replacing your ageing appliances with new, energy-efficient whitegoods.

You don’t need to be rich or powerful to protect the planet – everyone can help make a difference.

Find out more about NILS at and ask your local provider about Good2GoNow.


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