We all want to help save the environment, and the great news is that it doesn’t take a super human effort to do your bit. Here are some simple ways you can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by making some simple, small changes.
- Darling (don’t) leave the light on for me
You can easily reduce your carbon footprint by cutting unnecessary electricity consumption. And the best bit? It will help you save on your electricity bill.
The simple rule is: if you’re not using it, switch it off! Turn off all the lights in unoccupied rooms, switch off unused electronics and appliances at the wall (obviously not your fridge, though, or the situation will quickly go sour!) and check the energy efficiency of white goods when you buy them – sometimes a little bit extra at the time of purchase can save you, and the environment, in the long term.
- Dress to impress (your inner eco-friendly self)
If you find yourself wearing shorts in winter, and jumpers in summer, chances are your split system is getting overworked! Rug up in winter with some warm, comfy clothes and make use of those snuggly blankets, and keep it cool in summer by wearing light, airy clothes. Dial back the aircon by a few degrees and you wallet (and the planet) will thank-you for it!
- Your laundry like to be cool, too
Cut back on your hot water use by adopting a strictly cold-water only policy when you do your laundry. There are plenty of detergents that are cold-water specialists that can make sure you still get that pristine finish.
- Clean, green eating machine
It’s not just good for your health, it’s great for the environment. Fast fact: did you know the agriculture sector is responsible for 30 per cent of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions? And half of that is thanks to livestock. There’s nothing wrong with satisfying that omnivorous craving for meat, but by cutting back on the beef and loading up on the lettuce (or whichever vegetables take your fancy), you can do your bit to help the world move towards a more sustainable food supply.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
Cutting back on household waste is one big, easy way to help the environment. By being a bit smarter about what we buy when we’re out and about, we can reduce the amount of waste we have in the first place. To avoid food waste, try doing smaller, more frequent shops and plan ahead what meals you’re going to make.
Reuse materials where you can or pass them on to someone else who might be able to put them to good use. Not everything has to go straight in the bin!
And, as always, make sure your paper, cardboard and plastics avoid a trip to the tip and put them in the recycling bin.