These days many of us are preoccupied with being more eco-friendly. It seems a lot of people have come to realise the importance of looking after the environment. There are things you can do in day to day life to cut down on your carbon footprint. But if you want to get serious about it there are a lot of ways to do it.
Here are ten ways for you to consider using at home and work to make sure you’re more environmentally friendly:
- Solar Energy
Solar energy is a fantastic way to help make your lifestyle greener as well as saving you money. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to put solar panels on your work building, but you can do it at home. They may be a little expensive to install to begin with, but it’ll be worthwhile in the long run. The solar panels will store the solar power from the sun and use it to power your house. This means any time you use any electricity, like turning on a light switch, it will use the solar power. This cuts down on your energy bills quite a bit as you won’t cut into your energy bill until the solar energy’s used up.
These days it’s a good bet that you have embraced recycling just as so many other people have. It’s something that’s become much more common than in recent years. And there’s so much opportunity now for recycling with special recycle bins supplied by councils. Most towns also have bottle banks and outdoor recycle centres for people who don’t have a bin. Getting into the habit of recycling at home sets a good example for your kids for later in life. You can also set up a recycling program at work. It’s likely most businesses will go through a lot of paper each week so having a recycling option is a good way of being eco-friendly.
- Energy Efficient Lighting
One of the ways you can have a greener home and work life that may not have occurred to you before is energy efficient lighting. You should think about changing all the lights at home and work for something like Philips Led Bulbs. You’ll find these bulbs are up to ninety percent more energy efficient than regular bulbs. They’re also cheaper and will save you more money over a long period. You should also be able to find a style of bulb to fit any fitting you might have to change.
- Compost Heap
Make sure you get a compost heap in your back yard. If you have grass in your garden, you can put in a compost heap. This is a brilliant way to make sure you cut down on the amount of food waste you throw away. All you’ll need is some leaves and twigs to start the layer and then add vegetable and fruit scraps and any other degradable food waste. Not only does it make good use of your food waste, but it also adds valuable nutrients to the soil. You’ll find the soil beneath your compost heap is rich and perfect for planting. You can then always move the heap elsewhere and plant on the old site.
- Water Tank
One of the best ways to make your home a little greener is to install a water tank or butt in the back yard. The idea of this is to catch rainwater when it rains, so it doesn’t go to waste. The tank will link with the plumbing in your house so your water system will use the rainwater. This will give you access to free water until the tank runs dry. With the kind of weather we have the tank should fill up quite often. You’ll find you make a big saving on your water bills as a result of having one of these tanks.
- Turn Off Power Where Possible
A great way to be more eco-friendly is to make sure you turn the power off where possible. This is a step you can take both at work and at home. When you leave a room, make sure you turn off the light switch. Assuming there’s no one else in the room, of course. You should also make sure you turn off electronics such as computer monitors and TV’s. When you’re at home, you should turn the main power socket off when you go up to bed to conserve energy. By turning power off where you can you save energy and reduce the number of carbon monoxide emissions.
- Cut Down on Printing
In the workplace, it’s obvious you’re going to be printing documents. The amount of information and data you get each day means you’ll have to keep hold of some of it. But it’s important to try to ensure you cut down on the amount of printing you do. Think about whether you need to print the document. Is it something you’re going to keep or will you be throwing it away in a couple of hours time? If you can avoid printing by writing notes on paper you already have then you should do this.
- Take Alternative Means of Travel
One of the best ways to cut down on your carbon footprint is to not use your car. Or at least use your car less than you would. You could always lift share with a colleague, so you’re only using one vehicle per day between the two of you. You might consider alternative forms of travel such as public transport. If you live close enough, you might even decide you want to walk to work each day. Failing this you could always get a bicycle, these are a brilliant way to get around fast with no harmful emissions.
As part of the recycling process, you should try to use biodegradable packaging where you can. You should be able to do this both at work and at home though more so at work. There are a lot of companies who’ll sell envelopes and mailing bags that are environmentally friendly. You’ll also be able to recycle this packaging with ease if you need to. And you should make sure you recycle any packaging you receive in the post.
The reverse of recycling’s known as upcycling. This is the process of turning existing items into new products and thus cutting down on your carbon footprint. It’ll surprise you what you can do around the house with basic items you no longer have a use for. For instance, you might use old jars or glass bottles as candle holders and lanterns. Upcycling will see to it that you’ll never waste anything you don’t need to.
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