Many of us are concerned about the environment, and end up feeling overwhelmed by all the issues going on and end up thinking there is no way that an individual can make a difference. However, one person can make an awful lot of difference, and can achieve this without having to make too many drastic lifestyle changes.
Below is a short list of easy methods you can begin to apply immediately in your home to help reduce your energy usage and help the environment.
One of the easiest and most practical things you can start doing immediately is to begin to use more human power in your daily life. Instead of taking your car to the local shops when you only need one or two items, try walking instead. If you only swap the car for your legs a couple of times a week over the year this adds up substantially. Not only are you saving fuel, you are also going to become more healthy and will lose weight.
If you have a lawnmower that runs on gas, swap it for a manual mower. If this is not practical due to the size of your lawn, for the environment’s sake you should use an electric lawnmower instead.
Switch to LED bulbs
LED light bulbs are very common these days and are becoming cheaper and easier to find. The electric lights in your home can make up around a quarter of your annual electricity consumption, so switching to these low consumption bulbs can make a huge difference on your energy usage and also the money you pay on electricity bills.
The lifespan of an LED bulb is 100,000 hours compared to the 5000 hours you can expect from an incandescent bulb. This equates to 11 years of continuous light, or 22 years if you only have the light on 50 percent of the time. Imagine, if you place an LED bulb in a light socket that is rarely used, it will likely last the rest of your life!
Plug energy leaks
Heating and air conditioning typically make up around 50% of the energy bill each month of a residential home. Plug up energy leaks where heat may be leaving the building. Examples of how you can do this are sealing heat ducts and air vents in the winter time. Not only will this keep your house warmer, it will also save you money and reduce your energy consumption. If you have a small apartment, don’t leave the heating on when you go out. Small spaces heat up quickly, so it should not be necessary.
Instead of sending organic waste to the local council dump within your household rubbish start a compost pile in the garden. The average family household garbage contains around 15% of waste that could be used on a compost heap. If you recycle your organic waste you lower the amount of energy that is being used sending this waste unnecessarily to the council tip. Things such as banana peels, potato skins and grass clippings are ideal to build a compost heap. The compost can then be used to make your plants healthy and strong, which will reduce your need for chemical pesticides or fertilizer.
Rubbish removal services
If you live in a large city, instead of throwing your rubbish in street bins use a rubbish removal service a couple of times a month. Rubbish removal firms will not only take away household rubbish for recycling, they will also take many other items that may be blocking up your property and put it to good use to make more materials, such as old beds and sofas. A rubbish removal company can take away all sorts of items, including construction rubble, garden rubbish, glass, old timber; all can be recycled and put to good use while at the same time making your property a more pleasurable space to live.
Turn off Appliances
When not in use, you should turn off all appliances and lights. This includes the computer! many homes have a desktop computer running 24/7 although it is not in use for much of this time. TVs should also be turned off when you leave the room.
As you can see, these are simple ways that you can begin right now to help save the environment. In addition, you will also be saving yourself money.