02 Feb

Written by Shem on February 2, 2011

After going along to an environmental march a couple of years ago I decided to become a little more eco conscious. Don’t get me wrong as I haven’t turned into Captain Planet and there is still a long way to go to try and make sense of the state of our environment. However we all can take a few steps in the right direction to try and save energy… and just like charity… saving begins in the home!

1. Adjust your Thermostat
Having your heating blasting on full is the lazy option when winter creeps up on us. You can rock a few jumpers and really save on your heating bills or simply turn the thermostat down in the winter and slightly up in the summer. This can reduce costs on heating and cooling.

2. Energy Saving Bulbs
Granted this invention of light can take a while to fully illuminate a room which can be annoying however this annoyance has its reasons… and the reason being… it saves energy! The clue is in the name!

3. Unplug Appliances
Again this issue boils down to laziness and the ‘effort’ which goes into unplugging our TVs when we leave the room. However if we just unplug our electrical equipment then this again can save energy and lower your electricity costs.

4. Use Drying Racks
Sometimes it’s only natural to have a tumble dryer alongside your washing machine, but the energy cost for this can be extremely high. Instead of using a tumble dryer use clothes racks and washing lines to dry clothes with nature!

5. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
The temperature of the water you wash your garments in can heavily effect your heating costs i.e the higher the temperature, the higher the costs. Where possible try and wash clothes in cold water.

6. Take Shorter Showers
Having a long hot shower at the end of the day may sound delicious, but this also racks up the high energy bills. Take shorter showers and quit hogging the bathroom!

7. Drought Tolerant Plants
If you have green fingers and enjoy a potter around the garden, have a look at buying drought tolerant plants which can be sustained without watering them all the time. Check out Plant Advice for further info on these magical plants!

8. Food in Bulk
When you go to the shops with your canvas bags in tow, try to stock up on food which maybe in multipacks or bulk. It may seem silly why you have bought enough to feed the 5000, but this can save money as well as cutting down on the amount of packaging you use.

9. Recycle Tech
There are so many TV ads at the moment banging on about recycling your mobile phone, and although very annoying, they not only help the environment but they can also generate some cash for you! Check out companies like EnviroFone. It’s a win win situation!

10. Buy Local Foods
Supporting your community by buying organic produce is a superb way to keep money flowing in the local economy. You may have to spend a few extra pennies, but you get to sample fine food in often healthier and a more ethical way.


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