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More and more of us are starting to see the benefits of leading a ‘greener’ lifestyle, including doing our part for the environment, becoming healthier, and saving money on the annual energy bill. If you’re interested in learning how to be green, here are some great ‘going green’ tips:
Rethink Your Washing
You may think that washing at 40 degrees for two hours is the best way to get your clothes clean and fresh, but by opting for laundry detergents that are specifically designed to provide great results at 30 degrees, you could be making a huge difference. Washing at 30 saves energy, and if everyone in Europe swapped from a 2 hour cycle to a 30 minute cycle, 40 billion hours of washing machine use could be prevented.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Throwing out packaging has huge environmental consequences – not only does rubbish contribute towards landfill, but it also wastes the energy that went into making the product. If packaging can be recycled, then it should be. This way, it can be used time and time again, minimising the impact. Plastics, glass, papers, and tin cans can all be recycled in the UK. If your local collection doesn’t include recycling, you can find recycling bins at many supermarkets.
Where possible, it's also a good idea to buy refillable products to cut down on packaging, and to look for products that come in eco-friendly sizes, yet still offer just as much product as you would get in a normal size packet.
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a healthy and sustainable way to ensure you and your family are getting the nutrients you need to stay happy and healthy. Growing your own is one of the best ways to go green, reducing the amount of non-recyclable packaging your buy from the supermarket each week. You don’t even need to have a garden, as foods like tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries can easily be grown on a sunny windowsill during the summer.
‘On Yer Bike’
For busy parents, going completely car-free isn’t always possible, but it is possible to reduce the amount of time spent behind the wheel. For shorter journeys, grab a comfortable pair of shoes and get the family out and about using their legs, and for longer journeys, dig out the old bicycles and get cycling. Not only can this significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which are contributing to climate change, but it’ll also help you improve your fitness level and boost health.
Turn it Off
You might think that turning the TV to ‘standby’ is a good way to save energy when it’s not being used, but even on standby electronics continue to draw power. In fact, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that homeowners are wasting up to £80 per year by defaulting to standby mode! A good habit to get the kids into is turning off appliances when they’ve finished with them – it’ll help you to ‘go green’, and your bank balance will thank you.
With these great ‘go green’ ideas, families all across the country can find themselves well on the way towards leading a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Coupled with your own suggestions for green living, you may also find that you reduce your annual bills, save money, and even increase the value of your home! So get thinking, and get the kids involved, too – it’s never been more important for the younger generation to understand how they can help the planet.
How do you maintain a ‘green’ lifestyle? Share with us your tips and ideas for going green!