Small Changes To Be More Eco-Friendly
Are you looking at ways you can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle without giving up too much? In a world where climate change is discussed daily and the world is looking to make changes to how they live, becoming as sustainable as possible needn’t be as expensive as you would imagine.
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In fact, in the long run, you could find this actually ends up saving you money as you become more aware of the products you’re using and the amount of time you use them for. Sure, things may be easy and convenient but does that mean they are good for us and the environment? Possibly not, at least not all the time anyway.
So where do you start when it comes to making changes to live a more green and sustainable lifestyle.
Asses How Eco-friendly You Currently Are
This is a pretty easy place to start. Switching off the light when you leave a room, use dimmer lights or timers to help keep on top of this and use as little energy as possible.
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature all year round will mean that you are, overall, using less energy consistently over the year. Turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees and stock up on blankets you can use around the home on those chillier days. Plus blankets are a great way of accessorising your home as well as being practical!
Insulating your home makes all the difference when you are looking at reducing bills, energy usage and generally being more sustainable.
You can eco-friendly insulation that is not only practical but also good for the environment too. Look at insulating as much as possible, such as loft spaces, windows, doors, walls and your basement if you have one. Fill any drafts you can find to stop energy escaping via cracks to see if you can feel the difference and lower your heating costs.
Go Green when Driving
And we don’t just mean buy a green car. Although there is nothing stopping you doing this. But look if you are looking at buying a new car or upgrading your current one. Then opting to go for a fully green or hybrid model is much better for you and for more eco-friendly. Not only will this help you save money in the long run, but you will also be cutting down on your carbon footprint whilst you drive.
There are so many reasons to buy a green car these days, and with technology improving all the time, the old problems of not being reliable for longer journeys simply do not exist anymore.
Go Plastic Free
Using plastic is a major topic right now. Of course, we don’t want to think of our planet and its wildlife being harmed due to our reliance on plastic, but when it comes down to it, we use a lot of plastic, and cutting down or finding alternatives can be tricky or more expensive.
The best way to cut down on plastic use is to stop using single-use products as far as possible. Investing in a refillable bottle will save you money in the long term as it will mean you stop purchasing drinks on the go, such as one-use plastic drinks and coffee cups if you are partial to one on your way to work.
Look at all the ways you use plastic around the home and see what changes you can make to be more environmentally conscious and look to reduce your usage overall.
Recycle or Reuse
It goes without saying that all of us should be recycling as much as possible when we can. But how far do we need to take this? Overall, the less you buy, the less you need to recycle but that isn’t always possible.
Things such as collecting rainwater for use around the home will help you reduce your water consumption and bills. You can use this water for things such as washing your car or watering your lawn or plants/vegetables. Speaking of vegetables, why not try growing your own herbs and vegetables? You can grow herbs on a window ledge inside your home and to begin with, a vegetable plot can be as big as you want it to be. Start small and see how you go before you branch out and try your hand a wider range.