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If you’re looking for ways you can help the environment, then the first place to start is at home. While big businesses and industries are responsible for a lot of our energy consumption, you could be surprised at how your personal actions can affect the environment.
Get serious about going green and save money at the same time with the following tips.
Make upgrades that will benefit your home
Many of the items and appliances you have in your home are energy guzzlers that could leave you paying high bills for your gas, water and electricity. By upgrading to newer appliances that have more eco-friendly properties, you’ll not only be doing the environment a favor, but your budget too.
Getting a replacement for your hot water cylinder is one simple way of making your home more environmentally-friendly. When machines are faulty or nearing the end of their lives, they have to work harder, which can lead to more energy use than necessary. Survey all of your appliances and work out if any need replacing, switching to a more eco-friendly machine were possible.
Cut down on your plastic use
Single-use plastic use is a key concern for many today. We’re surrounded by stories of plastic in the oceans which is heartbreaking to see. It’s getting easier to reduce your plastic use, and for many people it can be cheaper to use reusable products. From water bottles to your food packaging, try to limit your use of single-use plastics to help the environment, while saving you some pennies too.
Make an effort to use less energy
It can be easy to use less energy at home. From unplugging your electronics when not in use to using your heating more economically, these actions can all help the environment. Using less energy will also help you to save money, bringing down your bills and freeing up money that can be better used for other things. Take a look at some golden rules for energy efficiency that will help you to make smarter decisions about your energy use for both your benefit and the environment’s.
Leave the car at home
Do you rely on your car to get everywhere? Perhaps it’s time to cut back. Using alternative modes of transport such as walking, cycling or using public transport can be a good way of supporting the environment and reducing your contribution to carbon emissions. Using your car less will reduce your fuel costs, leaving you with more money left over for your savings or for treats.
Doing what you can to go green is important for everyone. People across the world are changing their attitudes and behaviors to help make the planet a better place for future generations, Making some simple changes at home will benefit the environment more than you realize, and it will also help you to save money by reducing your waste. Want to challenge yourself to go greener? Start today by getting smarter around your home.