Best ways to start being more environmentally friendly
With the fight against climate change firmly upon us, and after countless global COP26 meetings, it’s become clear that saving our planet is now more paramount than ever.
With all of this planted firmly at the forefront of our minds, many of us are looking are making a conscious effort to do our bit by being more environmentally friendly within our homes.
If you want to do more for the planet, but you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few easy ways to get started.
Invest in a smart meter
Investing in a smart meter is a great way to help you cap how much energy you use around your home. A smart meter is a visible device that shows you exactly what your usage is each day. This helps us to become more aware of what we’re wasting, what we’re spending, and where we can make potential cutbacks in our homes. One way is to wave goodbye to our heating now that the warmer weather is on the way.
Avoid using your dryer
It’s so tempting after putting on a wash to simply toss our clothes into the dryer – but this is notoriously one of the most energy-expensive items within any typical UK household! With spring well underway, why not switch to hanging your clothes out to dry naturally in the garden sunshine? Alternatively, if you live in a flat, or don’t have access to any garden space, invest in a clothing horse to dry your items inside. Not only will this help the environment, but it’ll also help you to save a significant amount on electricity bills.
Recycling your rubbish waste is another easy way that we can help the planet, as this prevents materials from ending up in landfill piles across the globe. To help you remember, having separate recycling boxes is an easy way to separate each category. The typical categories to recycle are plastic, cardboard, glass, and metal tins.
Consider switching to an electric car
According to reports from EDF Energy, switching to an electric car can prevent a whopping 1.5 million grams of CO2 from being released into the air each year! Electric hybrid cars don’t produce any CO2 emissions, making them a much more environmentally friendly option. To encourage more drivers to make the switch to electric, the government are currently offering a Low Emissions Vehicle Grant of up to £1,500. This is automatically available to anyone who meets the relevant criteria when purchasing an electric motor.