Tips on going green in the new year
We understand it can be challenging to balance real life and being a full-time eco-warrior so we have devised a few ways you can save energy, money and the planet. You don't have to go to extremes and abandon the family car to lessen your carbon footprint. Here’s a few simple tips on going green in the new year.
At home, begin your green changes by carrying out a short audit of your lights. If in 2018 you are still using old-style lightbulbs it is time to switch to CFL or LED bulbs. As much as 25% of your home electricity bill could be lighting, so this is a great place to start.
LED bulbs were expensive when they entered the market, over time however they have become more affordable. The will last longer than traditional bulbs and are more durable, meaning if they are used in a table or standing lamp they'll survive gentle knocks. Like any lighting make sure everyone at home is turning off lights when they leave a room.
There are multiple ways to save water around the home, and some tips are straightforward. When brushing your teeth follow the age-old advice of not leaving the water running the whole time. Also, use microfibre cloths at home, allowing you to clean using just a little bit of water, avoid drowning your worktops unnecessarily. Don't be afraid to use natural cleaners for example; vinegar is excellent for cleaning glass.
Your water heater could also be turned down a few degrees - do you need such high temperatures to wash or do dishes? Once it's a few degrees less, you won't miss the scorching heat of old. Remember to digitise your electricity bills, and it means you can access them more often and track your spend.
Make friends in 2018, and you may be surprised how many people want to car share but are afraid to ask. End the standoff by placing a notice on a school bulletin board or by emailing your colleagues. Car sharing can reduce congestion, carbon emissions and your fuel bill.
If you can go one step beyond car sharing, cycle or take public transport. A second-hand bike can be quite cheap, so if you consider how much you will save on daily bases it will soon pay for itself. Even if you only cycle during the summer months, you can still slash your transport bill while getting fit. Public transport improvements make it an excellent green option. You will often find discounts for buying monthly tickets, and it will also encourage you to stick to this eco option.
Have a quick peek inside your recycling bins at home. You should already have multiple small bins to begin separating compostable materials, recyclable and nonrecyclables. Waste management is changing for the better, and at ReGen cutting-edge technology is being used to sort waste to make sure as much as possible is recovered before anything is sent to landfill. You should check your local council's advice on waste to ensure you're recycling all that you can; there may be a few surprises.
Check back throughout the year to see how we can help you ‘Go Green’ in 2018.