21 Easy Tips for an Enviromentally Friendly Life

We’ve all seen an eco-doomsday Hollywood blockbuster offering terrifying insights into where we are taking our planet. My fave is The Day After Tomorrow, the one where Jake Gyllenhaal is stuck in New York after a “superstorm” hits. Whilst we don’t know what the eventual outcome of climate change and global warming is, it’s widely agreed that we are not heading in a good direct. It’s not too late though and we’ve take a look at some simple ways to alter your life to reduce your toll on the environment.

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  1. Drive sensibly. Try to stay away from unnecessary and sudden braking, preempt obstructions and reduce your speed slowly. Avoiding sharp acceleration is helpful too, keeping at a steady pace will not only help conserve your petrol but also keep you safer on the roads!
  2. Stay up to date with your MOT and car servicing. A well maintained vehicle is more friendly to the environment than one that’s not. Small things can add to an improved fuel economy, so keep your tyres inflated, change or clean blocked air filters and change engine oil when it’s service time.
  3. Don’t sit still with your engine running. Waiting at school pickup? Turn off the engine, it’s simple. Most newer cars take this a step further. The latest Peugeot’s are adapted to city driving, with Stop & Start technology  turning of your engine for you when you stop moving, at the lights, or waiting to turn right. Remember, if you are going 0 mph and your engine is running, then your fuel economy is 0 miles per gallon.
  4. A simple tip, but if you plan out your errands better, you’ll be able to get more done in less trips. Rather than popping out to the post office and later to the shops, why not do it all in one trip. You’ll save on the petrol bills, reduce your emissions and save you lots of time too.
  5. Drive electric! When it’s time to buy the next family car, think green. There are lots of options on the market these days that can help you reduce your emissions. The technology is getting much better every year, so there are no excuses.
  6. Better yet, if you don’t need to drive, then don’t. There are ample green modes of transport. Your own two legs are a great place to start! Grab yourself a fitbit and start counting your steps, walk to the shops, don’t drive. A bicycle is also a great way to travel with no emission and to get your heart rate going. If you need to travel longer distances and don’t want to get sweaty, then consider public transport or a carpool whenever you can. All these do not help save you petrol but also retain your body in excellent form.
  7. Get the gadgets! You can grab some great bargains on Amazon and the like for power saving home devices. Your investments will be repaid once your reduced electricity bills start coming in.
  8. If you can, swap to renewable electricity for your home. If investing in home improvements and solar power is out of reach don’t fear. Consider switching to a greener energy company like Bulb. If this options interests you why not check out this Bulb energy review.
  9. Another great way to keep your energy consumption down is insulate your house well. A well insulated house needs less radiator time to heat up and retains heat for longer, meaning your gas bills will be reduced as will your fossil-fuel usage!
  10. Never run your washing machine on half load. Wait until you’ve filled it up and then turn it on.
  11. Try using warm rather than hot water. It helps you to save a whole lot over the gas bill and decrease fossil fuel intake.
  12. Reduce the average temperature of the home. Continue to keep your thermostat two degrees less through cold temperatures months and two degrees high through the summer. If you’re feeling nippy, grab a jumper! Obviously we don’t suggest you freeze in your own home, make a compromise but stay comfortable.
  13. Install a smart thermostat like Nest or Hive. They will help you keep on top of your energy usage. It can help you save on electric bill for a long span of time.
  14. Take your lunch to work in a reusable container. Using disposables and plastic food bags is a disaster for the environment, they either end up in landfill or clog out seas.
  15. Only use products that are reusable. Take your own shopping bags with you to the shops, get a thermal container to take your coffee or tea, use a reusable drinking water jar instead of buying bottled water.
  16. Separate your recyclables from your rubbish waste. Things like paper, plastics, and glass should be recycled, either reuse the product yourself or make sure they go in the right council bins for collection.
  17. Keep scrap paper in your house, you never know when it will come in handy. We all get post we want to throw away, but before you do, check if they letter has been printed on both sides. If not, keep it for the time you want to take down a telephone number or make a shopping list.
  18. Turn off  your devices when you’re not using them. Don’t leave them on standby, you’ll just be wasting energy.
  19. Freezers can get really annoying when they start building up frost and ice – and that’s bad for the environment too. Everytime you open the freezer door a bit of outside warm air fills the space. Warmer air has moisture in it, which freezers when you shut the door again. This causes your freezer to run less efficiently – so deal with it!
  20. Get busy in the garden. Plant a shrub, tree or a bust and you will be contributing to cleaner air. Trees and bushes effectively breather in CO2 and exhale O2 which is the reverse of the damage we do by burning fossil fuels.
  21. Share this listing with all the people you know and adopt as many of the improvements as you can. Every little helps.