Being more energy-conscious is very trendy right now, but there is a reason for that. As a species, we are overloading the planet with greenhouse gases and waste, and we need to work towards reducing this amount as much, and as quickly as we can. However, it isn’t always simple to understand quite how to do these things.
Energy-saving lightbulbs cost a little more than ordinary lightbulbs, but they can save you money in terms of your electricity bill, and at the same time you know you’re helping the environment. Be careful; they are not designed to work with a dimmer function of any sort. However, in normal light fixtures, energy-saving lightbulbs can help you make a saving whilst also allowing you to help the planet.
Driving is very popular, with most adults in possession of a car and a driving license. Unfortunately, cars account for a huge portion of greenhouse gases, and with oil crises looming at every turn they are not a very ecological choice. If you’re in the market for a new car, why not consider a hybrid or even a plain electrical car? Sainsbury’s offer charge points for these at no cost, and you will find that you save money on fuel whilst also avoiding making a contribution to the overloaded atmosphere.
Alternatively, you could consider different methods of transport. Buses, trains and trams are less than ideal in terms of transporting shopping or similar. However, a bicycle with a tow-along trolley can be just as easy to shop with as a car, and you will get fitter as you save the world. Bikes and bike accessories can be purchased in a variety of places, with Halfords leading the way. Don’t forget your safety gear! A helmet is essential, and a water bottle is an excellent idea in terms of keeping well hydrated.
Turning off your appliances at the socket instead of leaving them on standby can make a big difference too, as can turning off lights and heating when you don’t need them. Don’t forget to shut down your computer rather than leaving it powered on overnight!
With some small steps, you can be more ecologically conscious and cut down on your family’s energy usage, allowing you to save money and the world in one fell swoop. Don’t waste another penny on unnecessary pollutants; you will feel so much better knowing your bills will be lower and the planet will last us a little longer.