One of the best ways to be more sustainable is to reduce your household energy. I know my last two posts were also about sustainability and it might be getting boring but it is incredibly important. Also, because of lockdown there isn’t much else I can write about. Now, the energy your household uses is a strain on the environment and by reducing it you become more eco-friendly and also save money along the way.
Heating – I know every house gets cold sometimes especially if you live in Scotland like me but turning on the heating is bad for the environment and costs quite a bit of money. Now this sounds obvious but instead of putting on the heating, throw on a jumper or some thick socks. The same goes if you live in a country where air-con is a thing, turn it off and open some windows or wear shorts and vest tops.
Lighting – It is important to get into the habit of turning off your lights, its one of the biggest ways to waste electricity in your home. If you leave a room, turn it off because then you’re just lighting a space no-one is even using. Also, if its daylight outside, open your blinds and stop relying on your light.
Plug sockets – If you live in the UK, then turn off your plug sockets. If you are not using the plug or the item plugged in is not being used, then flick the switch and cut off its power. You are wasting electricity by powering a device you are not even using.
Appliances – Similarly to the plugs, turn off appliances you are not using. Things like your toaster, kettle, microwave, TV and everything else in your house are still using electricity when you aren’t using them so instead of putting them on standby or just leaving them, turn them off.
Clothing – When you wash your clothes, don’t put them in the dryer. Instead hang them out to dry. You can hang them on a line outside if the weather is nice or hand them inside on radiators, airers and the back of chairs.
Solar energy – I know having solar panels on your roof is not a practical solution for most people but you can also buy items that run on solar energy instead of your household electricity.
These are just a few ideas you can use to reduce your household energy and anything you change in favour of the environment is a change for the better.
‘What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another’ ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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