Unplug Your Devices
Electronic devices drain so much energy when they’re plugged in, even if they’re not actually being used! Anytime a cord is plugged into a socket, it’s drawing energy, so leave your electronics unplugged at all times unless you’re actually using them! Simple measures can make a big difference!
Lovely Day? Why Not Dry Your Clothes On The Line!
Although ideal weather is harder to come by as we edge into Winter, it’s important to know that our tumble dryers use a staggering amount of energy. One dryer load uses five times more electricity than washing alone AND running a dryer is the equivalent to turning on 225 light bulbs for an hour. Moral of the story – keep an eye out for that dry weather and get those clothes on the line!
Drive less – Get on your bike!
You can make a healthy change to your carbon footprint by leaving your motor at home and walking instead, cycle, or take the bus or train. Original cars produce a mass amount of the world’s pollution, and the nasty toxins released by vehicles are also very dangerous for our health!
By leaving your car, you are single handedly helping the environment and its good for your health!
Eat seasonally, Support locally, and Increase Your Plant Diet.
Make an active effort to purchase your food locally and make the majority of your meals plant-based. Animal produce makes a far greater impact because they require more water and resources all to go on your table.
Greenhouse gases from agribusiness are an even larger problem with fossil fuels and red meat in particular. Red meat alone uses 11 times more water and producing five times more emissions than poultry.
Supporting your local independent business is not only really cool, but its also great for the environment. When you support local producers, you don’t have to worry about how far your food has spent travelling to get to your door!
Get Thrifty – Charity Shopping.
Unless you’ve been aware of fast fashion for a while and its negative impact, the items in your wardrobe have most likely crossed 1,000s of miles before ending up in your possession.
The resources that go into making a single item of clothing also tot up. So next time you need a new outfit, head to a second-hand shop, which is better for the environment and for your pocket!
If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Turn It DOWN!
Heating your home in the winter is pricey, and it can also be a major contributor to your carbon footprint. Why don’t you do the planet and your wallet a favour by turning down the temperature by even a simple degree or two when you’re in the house.
At night you should turn the heat down even lower, and when you’re away why not turn it off altogether. Investing in a smart thermostat that senses when you’re in the house and adjusts itself is another way to reduce your carbon emissions. There’s a reason why they’re called smart!
Change Your Lightbulbs To Energy Saving Bulbs
Halogen bulbs use 50% less energy than incandescent lights, and although they’re more expensive, they last much longer and will ultimately end up saving you money on your energy bills.
Take Shorter Showers
You know what they say : “Save water : Shower…for less time!” Heating hot water for your shower is extremely energy intensive, and the longer you run the hot water, the higher your bills will be!
Re-Use Items Wherever You Can!
Everything you put in the bin adds to your carbon footprint, so whilst you might not be able to bring your waste production down to nothing, you can reduce it by investing in non-disposable goods that can withstand a bit of wear and tear.
Reusable shopping bags, food storage containers, coffee cups, and straws can replace many of the items that are often thrown away every day.
Wash Your Clothes In Cold Water
By doing your laundry on the cold-water setting, you can reduce your washing machine’s carbon emissions by a whopping 75%! And for lightly soiled clothing, cold water sanitises just as well as a warm wash.
So what are you waiting for? Start making these changes today for a better tomorrow!