Here are a number of things that can be done to reduce the impact on the environment, here are a just few:
- Switch off appliances
By turning off lights you don’t need, unplugging your mobile phone charger and not leaving your TV, DVD player and computer on stand by, you could save around 520kg of carbon and £82 a year.
- Use energy-saving light bulbs
Energy-saving light bulbs might be a tiny bit more expensive but they last 12 times as long as standard light bulbs. If every household in the UK installed three energy-saving light bulbs, the energy saved would supply all street lighting in the UK.
- Insulate your house
In a typical home, 20% of all heat is lost through ventilation in draught. This is easily fixed by draught-proofing windows and doors and you can save even more heat (and money) by putting in cavity-wall and loft installation.
- Install new windows
If you have flat roofs at your home and are looking for a new feature, but still is energy efficient, then have rooflights installed! Skylights with laminated glass are known for having low U-Values meaning heat is kept inside the property. Click here for installation guides.
- Master your thermostat
Turning your central heating thermostat down by just 1oC can cut your heating bills by up to 10% and you won’t even feel the difference.
- Switch to renewable energy
If you fancy installing your own wind turbine or solar water heating, great, but if not you can change your electricity to a green tariff. There are plenty of companies which supply 100% renewable energy and all it takes is a phone call or the click of a button, check out the U Switch Website.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
Everybody has heard this so many times but it does really make a difference, every time you chuck out a bag of rubbish, that’s another 20kg of carbon used. And it’s really important to not just recycle but buy recycled too, there are a whole range of recycled products from paper to furniture available. For Eco-friendly waste and recycling services in London click here.
- Buy local food
It makes no sense to eat out of season fruit and vegetables flown in from the other side of the world; one basketful of imported food creates more carbon than an average family’s cooking for 6 months. Try your local farmers market instead and eat food that is in season, it’ll taste better and is much better for the environment.
- Leave your car at home
One year’s driving uses around 5,000kg of carbon, try car-sharing or using public transport instead and if you go for walking or cycling you’re getting some fresh air and improving your health at the same time.
- Reject the ridiculous
Why is everything wrapped up in loads of plastic? Is it really necessary to use so many plastic carrier bags? Make a stand when you go shopping and reject the ridiculous, buy things with minimal packaging and take a reusable ‘bag for life’ with you.