Beginners Guide to Green Living

There are plenty of things we can do if we want to help the environment, because there are so many environmentally friendly products and services available now. There are a surprising number of things we can do in our homes to help improve our own impacts on the environment. This can start in your own home, but almost every action you make in your day to day life can have an impact.

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One of the biggest things is of course the installation of solar panels. This can be a slightly more costly investment but does make a big difference and on average the solar panels pay themselves off in saved bills in two to three years, depending on how much power you use and how many solar panels you install and so on. Installation doesn’t tend to take long, and you tend to notice a difference relatively quickly. Of course if you have enough property to work with you could also enquire about having wind turbines places on your land, for which you can be paid a steady amount of money and benefit from the power they generate, while making a considerable difference to the environment.

Do you have a garden or bit of land big enough for a selection of plants? Growing plants, in particular trees, can do a lot for the environment, and make an excellent addition to your property. For example; growing an orchard, if you have the space for it, you are not only providing the local wildlife with a place to feel safe and at home, but over time you could benefit from the fruits of your labour, rather literally. Of course if you don’t have time for this you may consider growing a herb garden, planting some smaller berry plants, such as blackberry bushes or even strawberries and gooseberries. These can be a lovely addition to your property, provide you with fresh, delicious food, and of course plants of any sort can be a help to the environment, particularly if you live in a built-up area such as a large town or city where there aren’t as many.

Insulation and energy efficiency in the home is key. Wasted energy is not only costing you, but costing the environment too. Now there are of course the typical suggestions of ensuring that everything is turned off and so on and so forth, but there is a lot more that you can do than just this. Ensuring your property has the proper wall, ceiling, loft and floor insulation helps to prevent lost heat, in some cases you can cut your heating bill in half just by insulating the property appropriately. Eco bulbs that use less energy, lower brightness settings on televisions and monitors and so on are small but helpful steps that can do a little to reduce your energy costs. You can also call out an electrical contractor; in some cases newer wiring to provide a more efficient solution can be helpful, and the installation of dimmer switches and such can help you to reduce energy waste a little at a time.

Ditch the car and walk. It’s an obvious but very helpful step, and of course public transport can be just as helpful if you have access to it. Driving everywhere uses up a considerable amount of fuel, which we all know by now is bad for the environment. You can help to reduce the amount of harm your vehicle does by leaving it at home as often as possible. You may also want to look into the advances in eco-friendly vehicles, which include a broad selection of electric vehicles, which are fantastic for daily, short distance commuting but are generally not yet considered reliable enough to use all the time.

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