Most of us will get on with our days without thinking too much about our habitual actions. From when we wake up and switch on the shower to when we travel back from work in our cars, our daily tasks are drastically impacting our surrounding environment. Simply buying a bag for life instead of plastic carrier bags is just not enough. If you want to become more eco-friendly, try following these 6 step.
- Think About How You Travel
If you use your car every day to get to and from work, try considering alternative methods of transport. If you work close to home, then perhaps try walking or even cycling – not only would you be helping the environment, but you would also be helping your health too!
If you’re travelling a bit further out, perhaps try exploring catching the bus (or even a train). Whatever you decide to do, assure you are cutting down on the amount of time you spend in your car.
- Waste Disposal
Correcting of waste appropriately isn’t just about recycling plastic bottles, it’s also about avoiding landfill sites by assuring any unwanted items are handled correctly. Perhaps you are re-furnishing the house, or maybe you simply want to get rid of an old appliance – next time you’re ready to throw something out, try exploring the idea of hiring an eco-friendly rubbish removal service to do it for you. For a small price, they will ensure your waste is re-used, re-cycled or disposed of correctly.
- Support Your Locals
Next time you do a food shop, try and look out for the locally grown products instead of your usual purchases. Industrial agriculture can be extremely harmful for the environment as it adds to air pollution and a large quantity of resources are consumed in the process. Support your local farms instead and encourage others to do the same. You could also try growing some of your own produce in your garden.
- Conserve Water
Water is one of the most important resources we all need to survive, so wasting it just seems illogical. A high amount of energy is used up to provide water to our homes, so when we leave taps running that energy is only being wasted.
Be more conscious of how much water you are using (for example when showering, cleaning your teeth and washing up) and you will become much more sustainable. Not only this, but you will save yourself a significant amount of money on your next water bill.
- Be Smart With Electricals
I’m sure about 80% of people reading this can think of at least one appliance which has been left on standby in their home when nobody is there to use it. Assuring you switch things off at the wall, or even unplugging them when they’re not in use will help to save a considerable amount of energy and money on your bills.
Try and think of smarter ways to use electrical products too. For example, if you need to charge your phone, why not do it in the car on the way to work? If you switch it off or put it on airplane mode whilst it’s charging, it will do it much faster!
- Watch the Temperature
When winter approaches, it can be all too tempting to just turn the heating up as high as possible and leave it like that until summer approaches. But, unfortunately that’s not a viable option for any of us. Ensure your house is insulated effectively and purchase blankets and thicker duvets to help keep you warm throughout the night, if you don’t need the heating on full blast – don’t put it on full blast.
Becoming more eco-friendly really is a lot easier to do than most people think, yet we somehow we still end up neglecting it. Make the effort to be more sustainable and you’ll not only be saving the world we live in, but you’ll be saving yourself money and resources too.