4 Awesome, Everyday Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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When you look at the task ahead to reduce the world’s carbon footprint, it’s a daunting sight. There are whole countries, and even entire continents, whose energy use is off the scale. But, as with any big problem, it is best to break it up into smaller chunks. And one of those tiny chunks can be yours to own.

Doing your bit for the environment and embracing a more eco-friendly attitude in your home may not seem like a lot. But the truth is, if you do it, you can guarantee that thousands of others are doing it too. With this in mind, here are five things you can do every day that will reduce your carbon footprint.

Turn Things Off

It goes without saying that you should turn everything that uses energy in your home off when you aren’t using them. But does everybody do it? By leaving TVs on standby or having the water on all day long, you are not just using up valuable resources, but also spending money. Don’t forget about your computers, either. While it might save you a few minutes of boot-up time in the morning, is it worth it?

Recycle

Waste is a huge and growing problem, wherever you live. The growing landfill sites are causing huge issues, and the seas are filling with all kinds of rubbish that is affecting water quality and endangering many species. It has to stop, and the onus is on people like you to make it happen. The best thing to do is recycle everything you can and stop contributing to waste problems. Use your local recycling services, use food scraps to turn into compost, and donate old clothes and fabrics to charities. You can recycle almost anything, so make sure you are doing your bit.

Eat Seasonally

A good way of reducing your carbon footprint in an instant is to eat seasonally. Most fruit and vegetables only grow once or twice a year, and the greenest way to consume them is to eat them when they are in season. There are two ways to do this. The first is to buy your groceries from local businesses, and the second is to grow your own. You will need to research the best seasons for each foodstuff. Apples and pears are best taken from their trees at the end of the summer and beginning of autumn, for example. Alternatively, you could plant some asparagus crowns in March, and, hopefully, they will be ready by the height of summer.

Walk Everywhere

It’s all too easy to jump in a car these days. But it causes a great strain on the environment. Not only will walking instead reduce your carbon footprint, but it will also keep you fitter and more active. If you have to go a long distance, think about using public transport. If both of these options are impossible for you, then a car share could be a great idea. While you will still be driving, your carbon footprint will be shared.

We hope these tips can act as an inspiration for you to be a greener household. The smaller your carbon footprint, the less impact you will have on the world. Check out some more tips for a greener household here, and elsewhere on our blog.

4 Easy Ways To Save Money On Energy Usage

Are you worried about the cost of your energy bills? Is the cost of high gas or electricity prices getting you down? Yes – then you are in the right place.

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With the price of energy rising, it can be difficult to keep on top of your energy bills. If money is tight and the high prices of your energy are causing you to struggle financially, then you might be wondering if there is anything you can do to cut the cost of your energy.

To help you save money on the cost of your energy bill, we have put together a guide to four easy ways you can cut your energy usage cost. To find out more, keep reading below:

  1. Switch energy supplier

If you haven’t changed energy supplier for over two years, then there is a high chance that you could save money by switching to a new energy provider.

To find out if your could save money on the cost of your energy by switching to a new company, get in touch with First Utility customer services to get a quote. Or, go online and visit an energy comparison site to see which company would give you the best energy savings.

If you have recently switched energy supplier but are still paying high bills, contact them and ask what tariff you’re on. Find out what the cheapest tariff is and is possible, ask to switch to it.

  1. Reduce the temperature of your thermostat

Did you know that by reducing the temperature of your home by just one degree, you can cut your annual energy bills significantly? If the weather is cold, instead of turning up the heat, pop a jumper on or grab a blanket and save yourself money.

Another fantastic way to save is turning off the radiators in rooms that are rarely used. There is no point leaving the radiator on in your guest bedroom as no one is in there, and this is a waste of electricity.

  1. Swap your light bulbs

It’s amazing how much money you can save on energy usage by simply swapping to energy saving light bulbs.

While you might be put off buying energy saving bulbs due to the fact they are more expensive than regular ones, energy saving bulbs last longer. When you factor the length, an energy saving bulb will last, as well as the savings you will make, these bulbs are definitely worth the cost.

  1. Invest in energy efficient appliances

While this may not be doable right away, the next time your cooker breaks down, or you need a new fridge, consider investing in an energy efficient appliance.

Although energy efficient appliances tend to be more expensive, the amount of energy they will save, in the long run, make them worth the investment.

By making a few simple changes to the appliances in your home. As well as changing the energy supplier you use, you can significantly cut the cost of your energy bills.

Options for people in debt in the UK

While the UK’s economy may be going from strength-to-strength there are still lots of people struggling with their debts and who need advice and help to resolve them.

The best advice is to contact their creditors, that is the people that a debtor owes money to, and make an arrangement to pay off the debt.

Depending on the amount of money the debtor has, such as savings, will dictate what options are available. For those who are in serious debt, the lack of cash and assets will be a problem.

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