The world has become more expensive, and the concerns around climate change continue to rise. It can be overwhelming when you sit back and look at the situation, and you might wonder how you can make a difference – and if there is even any point. But every little change you make has a ripple effect that inspires others to take action. The more changes people make, the more significant the impact. In the words of Tao Te Ching, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Here are some ways you can live in a more environmentally friendly way, reduce your carbon footprint, support green energy and reduce the cost of your household bills.
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Turn everything off
This is an easy way to cut down on your bills. Leaving appliances like the television or computer on standby slowly drains your energy. In multi-technology households, this can start to add up quickly.
Despite what some people think, nearly all electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug, and their programming experiences no damage. It might be worth getting a smart plug, allowing you to turn off all the household appliances in one click, or even with a voice command if you link it up to a home assistant device like Alexa.
Switch to renewable energy
Choosing renewable is one of the best ways you can help combat climate change. There are many types of renewable energy, including solar, wind, and tidal. Installing solar panels onto your roof, for example, will help decrease your carbon footprint. It’s worth noting that making these types of modifications to your home can affect your home insurance, so talking to brokers like KBD insurance can give you insights into the larger impacts of these positive changes, helping you make an informed decision and even finding you the right cover if you need to switch providers.
Invest in eco-technology
If you’re searching for a new kettle or other daily appliances, check their energy-efficiency rating to make sure they’re efficient and not wasting your money (or energy!).
For example, you could switch to LED lightbulbs, which are much more efficient than conventional bulbs. The benefits of this are that you’ll use less power, save money, and have to change your light bulbs less. Modern dishwashers and washing machines now use much less water and energy to clean and can even automatically dose detergent so that you don’t put too much in.
Consider vacations closer to home
We can now go on vacations and travel by air after years of disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, flying on private jets or general air travel damages the environment and increases your carbon footprint.
If you want to live more environmentally friendly, consider taking fewer vacations but for a more extended amount of time, you can even opt for a staycation closer to your home.
Consider switching to a green energy supplier
It’s never been easier to switch to renewable energy, and a lot of companies offer 100% green energy and great fixed rates. The benefits are enormous; you will reduce your carbon footprint, support the renewable energy economy and make savings on your energy bills.