Most of us are becoming keen to help when it comes to climate change and other environmental issues. We’ve read reports and watched tv shows explaining how the world is changing, and how damaging climate change could become. Here are 17 things that you could do today.
1. Install Solar Panels
There are many reasons why adding solar panels to your home is a great idea. They’ll save you money and increase the value of your home. But, primarily, they’ll make your home more environmentally friendly and reduce your use of non-renewable energy.
If everything is going into your waste bin, stop. Recycle cardboard, tins, plastic, and glass. Check out guidelines for your local area to make sure you are recycling as much as possible, and think before putting anything into the bin.
Reusing is even better. Take bags with you to the supermarket, refill your water bottle, use gift bags, and wrapping paper again.
If you can’t reuse something as it is, can you give it a new life as something else? Upcycling is a great way to give an old product a new life.
5. Buy Second Hand
Try to buy second hand when you can, reducing waste and saving money at the same time. Look in charity shops and online.
6. Repair Things
In our world of convenience, we throw things away when they are damaged. Start sewing up those holes in your socks instead.
7. Switch Things Off
Switching your TV off instead of on to stand by once won’t make too much difference. But switching all of your appliances off instead of on to stand by every day for the rest of your life could save an awful lot of power.
8. Eat Less Meat
Eating less meat means less methane and other gasses. Try to stick to meat-free Mondays.
9. Buy Local Produce
Eating more vegetables and less meat is excellent. Unless all of those vegetables are being flown from the other side of the world on a gas-guzzling jet plane. Try to buy local produce whenever you can to reduce emissions.
10. Turn Off the Tap
We waste so much water every single day. We take it for granted, but there is no endless supply of drinking water. Turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth and take shorter showers to save water.
11. Switch to Renewable Energy
Make sure your energy providers supply energy from a renewable source, and if they don’t, switch to one that does.
12. Walk More
Driving is one of the worst things that we do for the planet. Walk short distances and only drive when you have to.
13. Avoid Food Waste
It’s thought that around a third of the food that we buy is wasted. Write shopping lists and meal plans, and freeze leftovers to try to cut food waste at home.
14. Cut Plastic Usage
Buy reusable bottles and bags, use tins and glass, and switch to soap and shampoo bars in your bathroom. Every time you go to buy plastic, ask yourself if there’s an alternative.
15. Use Eco-Friendly Products
Cleaning products can be bad for the planet and filled with chemicals. Check labels and buy eco-friendly as much as possible.
16. Grow Your Own Food
Could you grow food in your garden? Or even herbs in a window box? Grow what you can.
17. Stop Printing
Now that everything’s online, there’s little need to print. Do it double sized and use recycled paper when you need it.