In order to preserve our planet for future generations, we must take action to protect it from growing environmental problems that are affecting Earth. It is a collaborative effort that we must all strive to become part of; otherwise, our grandchildren and their grandchildren will be burdened by our actions.
One way to become more environmentally responsible is by reducing our energy usage. A few little changes can condense the amount of energy we use within the home, whilst helping shave off a significant amount on energy bills.
- Unplug appliances when not in use
- Use a drying rack or clothesline over a dryer
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Lower a thermostat by a few degrees in the winter
Cut Back on Fuel
There are so many ways we can cut back on fuel consumption, which will improve our carbon footprint. All you have to do is:
- Walk or ride a bike to work over driving. You’ll improve health, save money on petrol and help protect planet Earth.
- Take a bus if you live a little further. Whilst it uses fuel, you’ll be reducing the amount of gas in the air – and that’s bound to help!
- If you have to drive to work, why not car share with one employee or more. You can even see if people are travelling in the same direction as you in your local area. You’ll therefore cut back on fuel costs and reduce cO2 emissions.
Reduce Water Usage
Reducing our water bills is so easy, yet many of us fail to make simple changes that cannot only boost our bank balance, but can improve our planet’s environment. To reduce water usage simply:
- Take a shorter shower
- Install a low flow shower head
- Wash clothing in bulk loads
- Buy a spring-loaded hose nozzle
So many of us throw our furniture out once they’ve become a little tired or worn – when they could be given to a new home. Instead of throwing furniture out to sit on a landfill, try to identify whether the items can go to a new owner. One person’s junk is another’s treasure – and you could even make a handy sum from the sale to go towards new furniture, a holiday or to pay off debts.
Switch to Real Nappies
According to the Women’s Environmental Network, parents can save a whopping £1,000 over a child’s 2 and a half years by simply switching from disposable nappies to real ones! So you’ll be eliminating the amount of rubbish heading out to landfills, and can use the money saved to treat yourself or your little bundle of joy.
Responsibly Dispose Electronics
Electronic devices play a significant part in the modern world, and it is therefore essential we ethically dispose of these items to create a more sustainable planet, as they include mercury and other toxins that are adding to the growing environmental problems. Instead of throwing old mobile phones, laptops or other devices in the bin, simply donate or recycle them. You can even sell your old, used or faulty devices for their parts!