Change Daily Routines to Help Out
Global warming is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Consequently, a number of seemingly insignificant things can be done at home, school, in the office or even on the way in between that can help reduce your impact on the environment.
In a quick guide to global warming, we aim to show you a few simple tips that can make your life easier and more eco-friendly.
Every Little Bit Can Help
Many people are sceptical about one person being able to make a change not realising that a little thing changed can help immensely. Even something as easy as explaining to others why do you something differently can be of some help.
Many people do not understand the urgency of the matter. Hence, education is key. Many simple tricks that can be implemented at home will save both energy and you some money. Heating takes up half the electricity used in a house and an average of 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide can be saved per year by simply adjusting your thermostat.
Taking an example, a thermostat programmed to lower heat or air conditioning at night can save quite an amount on the energy bill. Alternatively putting that thermostat down a couple of degrees in winter and up a couple in summer. In addition, a well-maintained heating or cooling system will make it more energy efficient and switching off any appliances when not in use rather than on standby mode will also save a huge amount.
Making sure the house is well insulated to prevent heat loss is also essential. The same principle goes for old fridges or freezers with bad seals, as more energy is lost in trying to preserve the cold. Make this part of a routine check to make sure the general maintenance of the house is up to scratch.
Be Energy Efficient
These days there are an increasing number of products built with energy efficiency in mind. When shopping it can be an excellent opportunity to discover these types of appliances. The savings made on a purchase such as this can be much larger than you think! Then, of course, there is the obvious light bulb.
Energy efficient light bulbs have been around for a while and it is up to us to use them. A lower watt bulb uses less electricity. Moreover, another addition to the light bulb saga is switching off the light when the room is empty. Make this a habit and you will be surprised at how much energy is saved. Water savings also have a huge impact. Try to lessen the daily amount of water used through shorter showers, water efficient washing machines, and perhaps flushing the toilet less. This last one is a very popular option for some African countries where water is a particular problem. Toilets use an inordinate amount of water per flush.
These few changes to your daily life make it perfectly possible to ease your global carbon footprint while benefiting yourself.