You often hear people talking about climate change. But are you one of those people who assumes that what they do doesn’t make a huge amount of difference? If you are, you’re certainly not alone. However, you’d be wrong in thinking that making minor changes won’t have an impact. If we were all a little greener, the effect would be significant. If you’re keen to do your bit for the planet, here are some little things you can do to make a big difference.
Reduce your energy consumption
Are you guilty of leaving lights on when you’re not even in the room? Do you leave the taps running when you’re cleaning your teeth or spend half an hour in the shower? If so, you could easily reduce the amount of energy you use. This won’t just have a positive impact on the environment. It will also save you money. Many of us don’t pay much attention to our energy usage, and one way of keeping tabs is to use an energy meter. This small device gives you a reading to show how much energy you’ve used, and how much you’re using at any given time. If the numbers are too high, you’ll be more likely to try and bring them down.
Embrace sustainable energy sources
The problem with traditional ways of heating our homes and powering our appliances is that stores are finite. There’s not enough coal around to power the world for thousands of years. The processes of making energy also pollute the atmosphere. If you’re hoping to adopt a greener lifestyle, one thing you can do is investigate renewable energy solutions. These sustainable sources are cleaner, and investing in them could also save you a lot of money. Examples include wind and solar energy.
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Next time you sort out the trash, look around you and see how many glass and plastic bottles, packets, and cartons you have. All of these materials, plus paper and cardboard, can be recycled. If you don’t have a recycling scheme in your community, keep a separate holder for recyclable goods, and take it to a recycling site. It’s also beneficial to buy recycled products, such as toilet paper and notepads.
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Do you drive to work or take the kids to schools every morning? Do you live close enough to walk or cycle or are there people are you who are driving to the same destination? If you’re lucky enough to live near your children’s school or your place of work, consider cycling or walking. If you’re too far away, ask other parents or colleagues about carpooling and sharing lifts. The more you drive, the higher your carbon footprint.
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If you’re thinking of going green, you don’t need to make wholesale changes to the way you live. Even little things can make a big difference. Keep an eye on your energy usage, and consider switching to renewable energy sources. Take time to recycle when you can, and try and walk, cycle or share lifts to work.