How to turn green

How to turn green

There are many reasons for going green in today’s world, and surely with the modern focus on green technology, carbon footprints and global warming you won’t need a reminder. But how exactly can you “turn green”? What changes do you need to make to be classed as an eco-friendly household? In this article we will take a look at some simple – and some not so simple – ways you can help the environment and maybe even save money by becoming more fuel efficient.

Lowering your Carbon Footprint

The more energy we use from traditional sources, the higher our carbon footprint. Making a few simple changes in the household can go a long way to saving you money on your energy bills, and helping the environment at the same time!
One of the first and most simple things you can do is to change to energy-saver light bulbs in your home. These bulbs use far less energy than traditional filament bulbs and also last a lot longer, reducing both your energy consumption and your waste. Using the shower in preference to the bath can save energy as you will use less water, and turning off the lights and appliances when they aren’t being used can make a big difference to your energy bills. Another thing you can do is switch to appliances with the best energy-efficiency rating, as older fridge-freezers and washers or lower rated ones actually cost you more in the long run due to their demand for power.

Recycle as much as you can

Many people don’t realize just how much waste can actually be recycled. Recycling cuts down on the amount of waste that ends up in landfill dump sites, which releases harmful gases into the air as it degrades, and this has a direct impact on the environment. Bottles (both plastic and glass), cardboard and paper are the obvious things, but even electrical goods and more can be recycled in a different way. Try using websites to sell or even give away your old appliances and electrical goods to someone who needs them so they don’t end up at the tip. Try to use your imagination when considering throwing something away and see if you can find an alternative use for it, old CDs can become drink placemats for example, or even be turned into a craft project to make something out of them and things like this can be done with so much of our waste.

Generate your own energy

This will not be for everyone as the initial investment is high, but you may be able to get help with the cost depending on where you live and overall the long-term savings from generating your own power will recoup the initial investment and more. Many people generate so much energy they can sell some back to the National Grid, actually making a profit. There is no better way to reduce your carbon footprint than to cut your dependency on fossil-fuel power completely!
There are many ways to do this, including wind, water and solar power and each method has different merits and dependencies. Try looking into the options and see if you can become even partially self-sufficient.

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