Easy lifestyle changes you can make to help save the earth
When you hear ‘save the earth’, do you think of a mammoth, impossible task or even capes? If so, that’s a perfectly normal reaction, but what if there were simple things you could do to make a difference?
As little as changing a lightbulb will make a difference, so if you can do that, the following tips could transform you to a green superhero.
Wastage presents itself in many forms and is damaging to both your pocket and the earth, and yet despite this it is easy to limit. Newer technology helps reduce waste in some of its forms - a great example is electrical appliances. Smarter appliances use less electric, and the same can be said of modern bulbs, tools and laptops.
If you haven’t already made the switch to LED lightbulbs, it is a great place to start. Lighting accounts for 16% of the average home’s electricity spend so it’s by no means an insignificant change. While a traditional light bulb could use up to 100W, the equivalent LED light runs on just 12W. Even halogen bulb use is in decline, as they use 5 times more energy than LEDs.
As tech gets smarter, there’s an assumption that wastage will naturally decrease. Unfortunately even modern TVs, computers and consoles have standby features which are infamously wasteful. On standby some devices can cost the home up to £45 a year, if not more. The solution is to go to source and switch off all these wasters around the home at the wall. When you turn your lights out at night remember that those little red lights you see are all costing you money.
Shutting down some devices is actually better in the long-term in terms of energy use. A laptop constantly charging and going on standby can expect a shorter lifespan. So, if there are a myriad of cables and chargers in each of your sockets make sure to unplug them when they aren’t in use. A phone’s battery is another example of something that is often overcharged, and again this damages the battery over time.
The kitchen is a hotbed of electrical waste, but your little actions can have a great effect on the earth. Dishwashers may have a place in a busy family home when the dishes are piling up, but everyday usage is too much. Dishwashers are very expensive to run and they use much more water than you might. Instead hand-wash small groups of dishes and leave them to air-dry instead of adding more and more washing.
Water wastage is not difficult to combat, from fixing leaking taps and changing clothes washing habits. Planning washes, washing with less water and using less aggressive detergents can all have a positive environmental impact. Check when your water heater is on, as changes in the home and in routines may mean you are heating your home unnecessarily. Did you know reducing your thermostat temperature by 1 degree could cut your heating bill by as much as 10%?
For more tips throughout the year on how you can improve wastage and green habits check back on the ReGen News page where we’ll keep you updated.