A part of the Demonstration Project at Gobabeb of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (DeGREEE): The solar panels (Photo credit: Wikipedia).By Matthew C James
If you want to go green, then perhaps you are already doing as much as you can, and are encouraging others to do so to. If you don't know where to start, then here are some ideas as how easy it is to do your bit to save the planet.
As well as recycling paper, cardboard, glass and tins, you can also recycle plastic and even your old clothes that aren't fit to go to the charity shop. If there isn't a curbside collection, why not see if you can start one? If you can't then you'll be very welcome at your local recycling centre.
Buy less food
By planning your meals, and making careful use of what you've got, you'll be able to spend less on food, and will waste less too. Instead of relying on takeaways, prepare in advance, and write a shopping list, so that you buy enough to last you and your family a week or so and you'll be able to save money too.
Delay new purchases
Think about whether you really do need a new phone, or whether it's a good idea to change the car, or buy a new TV or computer. If there's nothing wrong with the one you've got, perhaps it would be better to keep it. You can't easily pass your old items on, or recycle them, then they could end up as landfill.
You can make compost out of much of your food waste, and so instead of putting it in the bin and sending it off for landfill, you can use it to help your plants and fruit and vegetables grow in your garden.
Buy shopping locally you can reduce your carbon footprint by not travelling to big shopping centres and buying more than you need. In addition, by supporting your local shopkeepers you may end up getting even better value for money, and the advice and help you need.
Buy seasonal produce
By only buying produce that is in season, you'll enjoy better food, and feel better knowing that your strawberries haven't travelled half way the round the world to get to your local supermarket.
Even in the UK, you can still make use of solar panels to provide you with electricity. Why not see how much you could save, and whether you could be paid for generating electricity using solar panels.
Wood pellet heating
If you change your oil, coal or LPG heating system to a wood pellet boiler or stove, then you can make enormous savings and have more heat for less fuel. With the benefit of the Renewable Heating Incentive too, you'll receive a payment for using wood pellet heating, as well as helping to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels.
Using public transport, cycling and walking short journeys will help to reduce the amount of fuel you use, and so will be better for the environment. Why not swap your car for a more fuel efficient one, or see if you can share the journey to work with colleagues. What other ways can you think of to reduce the amount of journeys you need to take?
Although you may not be able to have the latest gadgets, you can certainly benefit from benefit from technology and stay green too. Why not see if you can work from home sometimes, or introduce video conferencing in your workplace, so that you don't have to travel to meetings. How much better would it be to have your document online or in a digital format so that you don't need to print out brochures or emails?
Now you know some of the ways to go green today, what's stopping you?
Matthew C James is the Ecommerce Manager for Eco Energy Depot, suppliers of Wood Pellet Boilers and stoves, Solar Panels, as well as and accessories. If you're looking at renewable heating and alternative energy, why not visit ecoenergydepot.co.uk today?
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