Many of us are guilty of going about our daily business, without thinking about the environmental impact of our modern ways of living. We drive big cars, we travel around the world, and we are constantly using energy to power technology. If you’re keen to do your bit to save the planet, there are ways of reducing your carbon footprint. Here are some suggestions to help you become a little greener.
Do you regularly drive short distances? Do you drive to work every day? Do you have a large, gas-guzzling car? Have you answered yes to any of these questions? If so, making simple changes to your daily routine could have a significant impact on your individual carbon footprint. Swap driving for walking, or get on your bike. This will not only save on emissions. It will also save you money on gas, and provide you with health benefits. Walk to the shops or do the school run on foot. Use stairs instead of lifts or escalators. Consider using buses or trains for longer journeys.
If you do have to drive, pay attention to the speed limits and try and carpool when possible. Try to avoid braking suddenly and check your tyre pressure on a regular basis.
If you have a car, which constantly requires filling up, consider your options. Investing in a fuel-efficient car could save you money on fuel and tax.
If you fly a lot, consider whether your journeys are essential. Yes, it’s nice to go on holiday from time to time, but if you can limit your air travel, this will help the environment.
Energy bills are a constant source of contentious debate. If you have high energy bills, there are things you can do to reduce your usage and lower your bills. Around the house, switching lights off and using an energy meter can help to save energy. You can also use energy-efficient lightbulbs and appliances. Use motion sensors to avoid wasting energy.
Switching to another source of energy could also help to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar and wind energy are much more environmentally friendly than traditional forms of power. Once you’ve paid for installation, your running costs will also be a fraction of your usual monthly bills. Research local companies that install solar panels to get some quotes.
If you spend a lot of money on heating, look into insulation. Some authorities offer grants for insulation, and this will help to save you money in the winter months. Avoid leaving windows and doors open if the heating is on.
If you’re eager to do your bit for the planet, there are plenty of things you can do to adopt a greener lifestyle. Think about how you get around each day and make some simple changes. Using your own manpower will save you money, and you’ll also enjoy health benefits. Try to share lifts when possible and think about how you could be more efficient at home. Don’t leave lights on or appliances on standby. Use a meter to keep track of energy usage and consider renewable energy sources. Investing in wind or solar power could cut your bills, and your carbon footprint.