Obviously the environment means the world to all of us but it can be hard to show it, especially when the average schedule is so hectic that it barely has a window for brushing your teeth in the morning, let alone going along to the local save the earth meeting! But this doesn’t mean the earth is doomed because there are actually some pretty simple lifestyle changes that you can make that could make a big difference to the environment.
You may not realise it but just some small adjustments to the way that you live could really go a long way in helping the environment. With just a few small steps, you can help cut your own individual CO2 emissions. This is vital because CO2 emissions are the most significant cause of climate change.
One of the simplest ways to help the environment is to try to cut down your water consumption. Water wastage is a massive problem but it’s easy to reduce how much water you use. If you’re boiling the kettle, be sure to only use the amount of water that you need, not only will this save water, it will reduce the power needed to heat the water.
You should also make sure that when you’re not using the water, it is turned off. This applies to things like turning the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth. You should also think about switching from baths to showers. A normal sized bath, when filled up near to the top, holds about 45 gallons of water, whereas a 15 minute shower uses only about 15 gallons.
Turn off electricals
When you’re tired and your thumb is hovering tantalisingly over the standby button, it can all seem too much to have to go and turn the TV off properly, but that little bit of extra effort is definitely worth it. Not only can you help to save the environment, you can help to save yourself some money too. If all UK households turned their electrical appliances off rather than having them on standby, a collective £740 million a year could be saved.
Another great way to help the environment is to increase the amount of recycling you do. There are lots of types of packaging that can be recycled and the government has made it even easier to recycle by providing us all with specific bins. You can also recycle by giving unwanted goods to charity instead of taking them straight to the dump.
The extra green mile
Of course, there are also options you can take if you want to make bigger changes to your life and make a bit more of a difference to the environment. You may want to think about renewable or green energy. These are things like solar electric systems and water heaters, as well as wind energy and geothermal energy. These types of energy systems are becoming more popular and there are a growing number of qualified renewable energy companies offering to install the systems, the government has even introduced certain tax incentives for individuals using them.