When we each make an effort to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, we each make a small difference that can indeed have a butterfly effect on the world we live in. If we choose to do nothing, the impact could be devastating. We hear stories on the news all of the time about global warming and the effect of pollution, yet we assume that nothing we can do will make a big enough impact. Think again. If we all make a few simple changes to our lifestyle, our decisions and our habits, it will have a huge impact on the environment, help protect it and ensure it flourishes for many years to come. With that being said, read on to discover many different changes that you can make to go green in your home.
Start turning items off
Let's begin small. This may seem obvious, but how many of you turn the lights off whenever you leave the room or switch your computer off at the plug when you go to bed? This may seem like a small change, but energy conservation is actually one of the most pivotal things you can do in order to lower your carbon footprint. Energy is wasted by leaving electricals on standby. Instead, turn them physically off at their source and you will see some improvements when it comes to savings on your utility bills and energy usage.
Use eco-friendly products
The vast majority of cleaning products on the market today contain a wealth of harmful chemicals. This is why it is a good idea to make the switch to green cleaning products. There are two ways you can go about this. The first option is to simply purchase green cleaning products. More of these items are becoming available on the market, as companies recognise the importance of providing more natural solutions. Another option is to make your own cleaning products. You will find plenty of tutorials that can help you to do this online, and they are really straightforward, using standard household items.
Switch to LED light bulbs
This is another change that is really easy yet highly effective. If you currently use incandescent light bulbs in your property, making the switch to LED light bulbs is a must. These light bulbs are highly efficient and they last longer than traditional light bulbs. This means you will benefit from the same output in terms of brightness while using a lower amount of energy. You will also save money too because you won’t need to buy light bulbs as frequently.
Fix it, don’t throw it
Decide to operate a policy of fix it, don’t throw it. Whenever you are thinking about throwing something away, consider whether you can repair it or fix it. Even if you don’t want the item anymore, there is bound to be someone else who does. Another man's trash is another man's treasure after all and you'll be surprised how creative people can be with upcycling and recycling other's unwanted items - no matter how odd! New garden art anyone?
Get rid of waste in the correct manner
When doing a spring clean, renovation, or new build look for professional bin hire services with a green disposal policy. Items such as building materials, white goods, computers and actual green or garden waste products need to be disposed of in the correct manner, otherwise, you are simply contributing to the massive landfill and pollution problem we have around the world. This is especially worrying when it comes to electrical household goods. The electronic waste issue is a mammoth one, with over 20 million tons of e-waste produced per annum. Waste electronics are harming ecosystems and polluting drinking water around the world. Not only this, but e-waste is harmful to human health through the likes of oxidative stress and inflammation. Individuals living near to these landfill masses can suffer fatal consequences, which is why thoughtful waste management is of huge importance.
Whenever possible, walk or cycle avoid driving. Especially when travelling lightly and travelling alone, if you can make the journey by public transport, bike, or foot, do so. If you do have to drive, make sure your car is well maintained - the engine is running smoothly, your tyres are properly inflated, and avoid unnecessary boost speeds and braking. If looking to upgrade you vehicle, consider electric or hybrid models.
Switch to renewables
Another effective way to live an eco-friendly life is to switch to renewable sources of energy for your power - or as much as your power - as you can. There are many different ways that you can do this, with installing solar panels as the most well-known option (easier to do and less expensive than you may think). However, an even easier way to go about this is to simply switch your energy supplier to a company that uses 100 per cent renewable energy instead. The more we as consumers ask for and utilise these types of renewal resources, the more money will be put into making new and more efficient sources for the future.
Invest in eco-friendly technology
Last but not least, another way that you can ensure that you go green in your home (and at work) is to invest in technology that is environmentally friendly. Whenever you buy a new product, be it a kitchen appliance or something for your home office or entertainment, be sure to consider the energy output rating when making your purchasing decision. We all essentially vote for a better world with where and with whom we choose to spend our money. Of course, not every decision in everyone's life can be made as the most eco-friendly and ethical, but we can certainly make a positive push for better, safer, cleaner and greener standards in this non-violent and effective way when we each are at least conscious of our decisions.
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