Four Steps to Becoming Environmentally Friendly
The impact of climate change is clear to see across the world, and media headlines are increasingly highlighting the consequences of our actions. So, it’s no wonder that many of us are looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
While it can be quite daunting to see the scale of the problem and wonder how we as individuals can make any difference to the situation, there are some small steps you can take that will contribute to a greener planet.
Reducing energy use
Not only will reducing your energy consumption in the home help the environment, but it will also bring down your costs, which is no bad thing considering the record-high prices.
You can decrease your usage by turning off the heating (which should be fairly easy in the summer months) or turning down the temperature on the thermostat. You can also be mindful of using appliances and reduce your time spent in the shower.
Switch to an electric vehicle
Although this will cost you in the short-term, driving an electric car is much healthier for the environment and is less expensive in the long-term due to decreased running costs.
There are finance options available on electric vehicles including taking out a private loan or financing through the dealer. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that these will involve paying interest and you’ll likely need a good credit score to take advantage of better deals.
Change to renewables
UK energy suppliers offer green tariffs that include a combination of using renewable energy, offsetting carbon emissions and funding renewable projects, so you could ask your current supplier to switch you across.
Another option is to produce some or all of your own household energy via solar panels or by using a heat pump.
Make simple diet changes
Reducing your meat consumption and buying locally can help limit the damage to the environment. Pick one or two days per week to eat a plant-based diet and source products from nearby shops, farms and suppliers.
Another major issue is the amount of food waste that’s produced. Plan your meals carefully with a focus on limiting waste and ensure any leftovers are put to good use. Get the whole family involved in coming up with some creative dinner ideas and you might even save money at the same time!
Committing to basic changes on an individual level can help contribute to a greener overall lifestyle and a healthier planet.