Being ‘green’ and helping to look after the planet has never been more important. With strange weather patterns and ice caps in the poles melting it is time to make changes to the way we live to ensure it is more sustainable. There are small and large ways that you can make changes, some which cost at the time but will save you money in the long run and others you can start easily today, any change will mean you are doing your bit for Earth.
Most of us are aware of some of the small changes we should do such as turning off taps when they don’t need to be on turning out the lights when not in use, however many of us forget or simply think they won’t be on that long. Turning these off will certainly add up, especially when they are things you do on a daily basis.
Waste Less, Recycle More
Living in a house obviously creates waste, mainly from empty food packages. According to plasticnews.com in 2012 around 25 percent of plastic was recycled, which is a relatively low number and can definitely be improved upon. Many people do not consider what material they are throwing away in the bin, but it only takes two seconds to think and place it in a different container to make sure it gets recycled.
Install Solar Panels
This final idea is one of the more costly options and will only work in certain areas but is still worth considering. You could purchase a digital thermometer from Digital Meters which will measure and record the temperature so you can find out how strong the suns rays are and how often the weather is this way. If you have a considerable amount of sun then you could have panels installed on top of your roof. The panels generate electricity from the sun, enabling you to run your water and electricity in a cheaper and more sustainable way in the long run.
These are just a few things, there are many more ways such as checking you have the right amount of insulation installed, making a concentrated shopping list so you do not throw out uneaten food and much more. There is lots of information on how you can do your bit to save the planet when you research. Knowledge is power and in this case, it can save you money!
Sources: Images: 1: TEA2 Architects 2: Paul Anater. 3: Dear Lillie Blog. 4: Osborne Architects. 5: TEA2 Architects.
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