5 Small Changes To Help The Environment

All we have to do is turn on the news to hear about the climate issues we’re experiencing. The world has a lot of big problems and often we feel like we can’t do much about them.  But there are lots of very small changes we can make to help do our bit towards making things better. The Earth only has a finite resources, we need to protect them for ourselves but also our children’s generation and beyond.

1. Unplug Unused Appliances

Just take a moment to think about all the items that are currently plugged in in your house. For most of us it will be T.V., fridge freezer, cooker, washing machine, kettle, toaster, chargers, lamps, the list goes on and on.

Many appliances use a tiny bit of electricity when they are plugged in, even if they aren’t doing anything.  But if we were to routinely unplug items when they’re not in use, not only would we save a little money but we’d also help cut back on the demand for fossil fuel created power resources.

2. Cut Back On Animal Products

It takes 2000 gallons of water to produce just one gallon of milk. To care and raise livestock is resource intensive. But cutting back on animal products doesn’t mean you need to become vegetarian or vegan (unless you want to of course), rather to be mindful of the products you consume.

Meatless Monday is a way of incorporating one meatless meal a day. By eating a more balanced diet you may find yourself generally healthier plus you can make a nutritious , filling meal without meat.

3. Think About Transport

The government are trying to encourage use of electric cars and cleaner fuel. But for many families an electric car is still not within their budget. We’re not saying to get rid of your but be more mindful of the journey’s you take. Do you really need to jump in the car to go to the corner shop?

Walking is a great form of exercise and so much better for the environment. Local governments seem to be investing in cycle lanes to make cycling much safer. Public transport is also a great option and it does away with having to find parking spots so can sometimes be more convenient.

4. Turn off the water while brushing teeth

Water waste is a big problem and one of the top causes of wasted water is when we brush our teeth.  So when you have used the water and are doing the brushing, turn off the tap.

5. Switch to LED light bulbs

Conventional light bulbs waste around 95% of the power that they use.  New LED light bulbs are more expensive to buy but also far more energy efficient.  They last much longer – some can last as many as 25 years depending on how much you use them.

These are just 5 examples of ways you can live a sustainable life and cut back on the resources that you use.  If everyone were to put two into action, the difference on the planet would be huge.  So which two could you start with?