We all want to do more for the planet and reduce our own individual environmental impact, but sometimes it can be inconvenient. Most of us lead pretty busy lives and as much as we want to, making the effort to reduce our carbon footprint can be too much hassle.
It would be great if we all did our best for the environment without having to go out of our way too much. One of the main ways we can help the environment is by reducing our use of energy such as electricity, fossil fuels and water.
With that in mind, here’s a few tips to reduce your energy consumption that you can do everyday!
Turn It Off
This seems obvious, but a vast amount of energy is consumed by appliances that don’t need to be on. Turn off any lights when you leave the room and they’re not needed. Switch off standby appliances at the mains such as TVs, games consoles and kitchen appliances.
Don’t Wash The Dishes
Well, do. But let your dirty dishes pile up first and then load them into the dishwasher. Having a full dishwasher is more efficient than a half full dishwasher, and uses a lot less energy and water than doing the dishes by hand – even if you have a washing up bowl.
Share A Ride
Making frequent solo trips in your car? You could save energy by using a ride sharing platform like BlaBlaCar and finding someone going in the same direction as you. This will reduce air pollution and you’ll even get driven around, just like having your own chauffeur!
Take The Bus
Or the train. Or the tram. Public transport is a much more energy efficient way to get around town to commute to work. Plus not having to drive yourself means you have more time to prepare for that meeting (or finish watching that episode of Bridgerton that you fell asleep to during the night before).
Or as Nigella calls it, the “mee-cro-wa-vay”. Got some food to heat up or cooking some basic things? Using your microwave is a much more energy efficient way to whip up a meal and you’d be surprised at how versatile they can be. With a little research, you can find recipes for cooking eggs, vegetables and even cakes in your microwave – they’ll also be done much quicker, saving you time as well as energy!
On Your Bike
What better way to save transport power by using your very own engine: your legs! If you’ve got short trips, get on your bike and reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll even save money and get some exercise in the process!
Switching to low energy lightbulbs is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint over time. The upfront cost might be more than your current light bulbs, but once you’ve made the change, you’ll save money on electricity bills as well as the bulbs themselves, with new LED light bulbs having a much longer lifespan.
Install a smart thermostat in your home to make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using. They learn how long it takes to heat your home, so they can have it at the right temperature at exactly the right time. This will also help you monitor your energy usage so you can track what’s going on. They can even be controlled by your phone so you don’t have to come home to a cold house.
Let It Grow
No I’m not talking about that “windswept and interesting” hairstyle you’ve secretly been wanting to go for. I’m talking about your lawn. Don’t mow your whole lawn, let some of it grow naturally. This will reduce the amount of power you use to mow and also allow a safe habitat for insects and bees to thrive, helping the ecosystem in the process!
Have a shower
Opting for a shower over a bath is an easy way to reduce the amount of energy and water you use. In fact, having a shower instead of a bath everyday could save over 700 kilograms of CO2 every year!
There’s a few ways you can upgrade your home to make it even more energy efficient. Installing double glazing will help keep the heat in, meaning less energy used to warm up a room. You can also opt to buy energy efficient appliances such as a new boiler. Draft proofing your house and insulating your roof will also help bring your energy use down and save you a load on your bills too.
Switch Your Power Provider
Another one-time change that can make a small difference every day is switching your energy provider to a more environmentally friendly option. You can switch to an electricity provider such as Ecotricity which supplies green renewable energy for your home or business.
Put a timer on your phone, tablet, laptop and any other screen device to switch off or go to sleep after a brief period of inactivity. Dimming your brightness settings on your screens and keyboard backlights will reduce the amount of energy these devices use as well as giving you a longer battery life.
Plan Your Meals
Make a weekly meal plan and organise your shopping list. Doing one big weekly shop will mean less trips to the supermarket in your car. Better yet, use the delivery service from your local supermarkets to drop your groceries straight to your door. It’s a much more efficient way to transport food to customers and reduces the carbon footprint of your groceries.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden, why not grow your own fruits and vegetables? It’s a great way to make a green impact with your space and provides you with delicious, natural food with almost zero food miles.
Being more environmentally friendly doesn’t necessarily require big changes and lots of effort. There’s a load of small steps you can take to reduce your overall carbon footprint that are easy and in most cases, save you money!
Hopefully there’s some tips in here you can try out to help reduce your energy consumption and help save the world! Maybe you’re already doing these things and more, we’d love to know your thoughts on how you try to be more environmentally friendly in your everyday life.