I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought much about eco-friendly my lifestyle is. That is, not until recently when I started getting concerned about how high my energy bills were! There is also the rising cost of fuel to consider too. Without petrol, I can’t drive my car.
Money is often the driving force behind people’s decisions to adjust their spending. If their costs rise, but their income doesn’t, they have to make some judgement calls in their lives. The good news is that you can lead a greener lifestyle without giving up on the things you love.
Intrigued? Keep reading to learn about some bite-size tips for leading an eco-friendly life. Here is what you need to know:
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Replace your appliances and electronics
I know this might sound a bit odd, but you should think about buying new appliances and electronics! Why? Today’s modern gadgets use far less energy than the ones sitting in your home today.
When you use energy-efficient appliances and electronics, your utility bills won’t be so high. And that means you will use less energy, leading to a greener lifestyle!
Upgrade to LED lighting
Is your home full of “old-fashioned” incandescent and halogen bulbs? If so, it’s time you removed them and fitted LED lamps in their place! The thing about LEDs is that they don’t need to heat up anything to generate light.
They are electronic “diodes” that emit little heat. And, most important of all, they use a small fraction of the energy conventional bulbs need! Some of you might be thinking that LED lighting is expensive.
That might have been the case years ago. But, today, they are just as affordable as the alternatives. And they are available in a broad range of fittings, lumens and styles. One thing I love about LED lights is they come on instantly. No waiting around like you have to with CFL bulbs!
Be more eco-friendly when you do your washing
The hotter the temperature, the more energy washing machines need. Today’s detergents are capable of removing even stubborn stains at just 30 degrees Celsius! And, when your washing machine has finished, hang your clothes to dry!
Tumble dryers use an awful lot of energy. If you live in a cold and damp climate, you might not have much choice but to use a tumble dryer. But for those of you living in sunnier climes, let your clothes dry naturally.
Recycle your waste
One of the biggest bugbears that environmentalists have is the fact we send a lot of our waste to landfill sites. As you can imagine, at some point in the future we will run out of places to dump our rubbish!
Most councils in the UK run free recycling schemes for householders. You can usually recycle cardboard, paper, plastic and metal without having to leave your home! And, for bulky items, you can always take your waste products to your local recycling centre.
Remember: the more things you can recycle, the less waste you send to landfill sites!