Easy ways to go green and help save the planet
1. Let your computer have a well-earned rest! If you are going to be away from your machine for over 20 minutes, make sure you leave it in sleep mode. It uses less electricity and is better for the computer.
2. Recycle, recycle, recycle! The government has been encouraging us for a few years now to make sure we put our cans and bottles into the household crates provided so they can be recycled. However, as it is not law many of us still throw them away with the rest of the rubbish. Come on guys, is it really that difficult to separate items into different containers? Why not make that extra effort today and try to remember that bottles and cans are not rubbish.
3. Try not to waste paper. Or, if you are a paper scruncher, make sure you at least recycle when finished with it. Every ton of recycled paper saves on average 17 trees and with the rainforests disappearing rapidly we all need to do our bit to save them. Don’t forget, this isn’t where it ends, when you buy paper continue being green and make sure you buy recycled!
4. Replace your bulbs with energy saving light bulbs and you are looking at saving around £55 over the course of the bulbs lifespan. It is a very cheap and easy way of saving money as lighting makes up around 8% of our household energy bills. It’s also a great way to help the planet!
5. Support local farmers or grow your own veg. Typically vegetables which end up in a supermarket have had a journey of hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles, before ending up on the shelves. All this traveling emits carbon emissions and leaves you with not so fresh produce!
6. Make sure you do full loads when using a dishwasher or washing machine. It can be very tempting when the dishes start to pile up, or you’re desperate to wash that favorite dress, to simply bung them in and get them clean. However, this results in doing far more loads in the long run and using more water. Hang fire until you can fill the appliances to capacity. It saves electricity too!
7. Another water saving tip, which has been drummed into us right from the beginning, is to ditch the baths and take short showers. They use up far less water and some will argue that they are far more hygienic.
8. What do you do when you receive the seemingly mountains of junk mail through the door? I bet you glance at each letter and then throw them away. Well, next time, take a few minutes out of your day, call the company and put a stop on your address. If we all did this the amount of paper saved would be quite dramatic.
9. Standby mode is not our friend! How many of us don’t turn off our electrical items completely when finished using them? Unfortunately most of us fall into this category and waste electricity left, right and center. By altering our habits we can make a real difference to our bills and carbon emissions.
10. One of the easiest ways to cut down on pollution is to reduce the amount of use our vehicles get. Many of the day to day journeys we make are actually only down the road and easily walkable. However, after years of jumping into our cars we have become so reliant on our gas-guzzlers we hardly go anywhere on foot these days. By walking the kids to school or cycling to the shops we can all help the planet and also increase the amount or exercise we are taking.
As this list shows, little changes to our day to day lives could make a massive difference to our future. Try to do one new ‘green’ thing every day and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
This is a guest post on behalf of Vroom Vroom Vroom.
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