Here at Greener Living, we pride ourselves on being advocates for lowering our carbon footprint, fighting climate change and giving our planet the helping hand it needs to get back on its feet. Of course, installing an Air Source Heat Pump is one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint whilst lowering your energy bills, but there are steps we could all take to start our own journey of going green. So, without further ado, here are our own top 5 green tips.
Although It may be easy to forget, water requires a huge amount of energy to clean and recycle and although none of us like to admit it, we are all guilty of wasting water on a daily basis. One of the best things you can do is to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. By doing this you could save eight gallons of water a day! That adds up to over 200 gallons a month. Not only would you be saving money on your water rates, but you are also helping to save energy because that water will not have to be pumped to a treatment facility to be cleaned.
Reusing your kitchen waste by turning it into compost is a fantastic way to help lower CO2. All you need is a bin or garden area to form your compost heap and some patience and you’re off! By reducing the amount that you put in your bin, the less rubbish will need to be collected in big, unhealthy rubbish trucks which are powered by fossil fuels.
You could go a step further and grow fruit, veg, flowers or any form of plants out of your very own compost. As we all know, plants literality take the Carbon Dioxide out of the air and turn it into Oxygen. Not only does this help to reduce Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere but it is also a great way to save money, CO2 levels will also be further reduced by a lowered demand for food to be transported to shops.
Yes, it’s very tempting to jump in the car and drive to work in the morning, especially when it’s cold or raining. But let’s take a moment to look at all the benefits of cutting out our morning commute by car. By swapping your car for the old shoelace express you save putting nearly a kilogram of CO2 into the atmosphere on average every day. This estimate does not even factor in the amount of CO2 produced by extracting and refining the petrol/diesel.
If you are in a position to do so then switching to a green energy tariff can be one of the best things you could do to help eliminate your carbon emissions. Green energy tariffs are energy suppliers that promise to only supply your home with energy generated from clean, renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydroelectric. The more of us that join green energy tariffs, the more other suppliers will have to change away from fossil fuels to generate their power.
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