The art of sustainability is slowly being mastered around the world, and as we grow closer to the day when it has been perfected, it’s important for you to take the right steps to helping out where you can. To find out what you can do to make an impact, even if it’s a small one, keep reading. We’ve got four tips we really think you’ll enjoy.
Switch It Off
A great way for you to save electricity and money-switching off everything you aren’t using is one of the fundamentals of sustainability. Truth be told, sustainability is simply about your approach to energy; deciding where and when it is necessary to have something on or off and then making the decision that benefits you and the planet too. Do your best to start with this simple rule to make a dent in your contribution.
Light the Way
A lot of lightbulbs consume too much energy – way too much! So, one of the best ways for you to make an impact is by switching your lightbulbs at home and work to energy-saving bulbs, which make sure you aren’t using too much electricity. To keep in mind why this is important, remember that the most common way of creating electricity is by burning fossil fuels. The more we use, the more they burn and the greater the demand is to keep the cycle going.
Share the Journey
Another strange human habit is using cars when the bus or a taxi is just as good. If not better! Why? Because they share the costs associated to travel and, in doing so, reduce the individual demand on both the planet and energy providers. By sharing the journey, you share the load, and shared responsibility to a good pathway to a healthier planet. If and when possible, you should also think about walking instead of driving or being driven. It’s a good decision that’s not just good for you, but for everyone.
Don't Let It Run
One of the most common and avoidable green mistakes people make is when they’re washing the dishes. You only need a little bit of water to wash and rinse the dishes, so instead of letting the water run while you clean, turn it off. A basin full of water will eventually get dirty and need to be replaced, but until it does it’s perfectly acceptable for you to clean in it. So, use it to the max! Letting the water run is never a good idea.
If, after doing the dishes you decide to put a load of washing in the washing machine, make sure you use the best laundry detergent to get rid of stains and leave your clothes looking as good as new.