We’re more aware than ever before about just how much damage we’ve done to the planet over the last twenty years. In some cities, pollution levels are so high that residents are being asked to use their cars on alternate days, climate change has shown the polar icecaps are melting at an alarming rate, and thousands of animals have lost their homes and lives thanks to mass deforestation happening in the Amazon rainforest! By becoming even a bit more eco-friendly we can live green and be happy.
However, there is still hope, and lots of us are turning towards sustainable living methods to reduce our carbon footprint, decrease landfill waste and lower our energy bills to live simpler, happier, greener lives. Even just making the switch to a low energy bulb, cycling instead of driving to work and stopping junk mail can make a huge impact on the environment.
Stop The Spam
Millions of spam letters, junk mailers, and unnecessary envelopes are produced each year which means that thousands of trees are cut down to create post that just goes in the bin. Putting your name on a ‘junk free’ list will mean you won’t get endless leaflets come through the door as well as saving you time opening pointless post. Don’t worry you’ll still get the stuff that’s important but speak to your mail company if you have any questions. If everyone went paperless and instead looked at their bank statements, electricity bills and phone bill online there would be a huge difference in paper reduction.
Press The Off Switch
We don’t need to leave computers, phones and coffee makers switched on, but we do it out of sheer convenience. You may not realize it but even when there’s no device charging electricity is still flowing through the cables so leaving your laptop cable connected all day is costing you far more than it needs to. Make sure you unplug everything before bed, or connect everything to an extension cord so you can turn all devices off at the flick of a switch. Why not reduce your energy bills even more? Semper Solaris are experts at fitting solar panels and work with the government to make sure you receive a substantial percentage for being smart and making the change to a renewable energy source.
You Can Re-Use That
For some reason, we’re obsessed with disposable products from taking out boxes, coffee cups, and even water bottles. Even with recycling the amount of plastic packaging that we, as a society, continue to throw away is becoming a real issue especially when sustainable goods are widely available. Buy a travel mug for your coffee instead of using a paper cup each time and refill your water bottle instead of buying a new one. Reuse grocery bags when shopping and make sure you eat everything in the trolley.
No one needs to take a half an hour shower! Even cutting yours by just five minutes will save over ten gallons of water. With global water shortages becoming worse by the day we all need to do as much as we can to avoid wasting any. Another weird tip is to brush your teeth while showering, the water’s perfectly safe and every little helps.