How to Save the Planet and Some Money in 2020

Everyone knows that we have to try and live greener lifestyles these days. Years of pollution have taken their toll on the planet which we call home. And we all are aware that we have to take better care of it.

It’s scary seeing all these freak weather conditions that are being attributed to global warming. It does make you wonder what sort of world we are leaving behind for our children and their children, too. But how ecologically friendly are you? Does your lifestyle give you ultimate green brownie points, or is your carbon footprint way outsized?

If you want to help the environment, then you might wish to look at ways you can change the way you live by taking simple measures to change.  Lessening one person’s impact on the harm being done to the planet may seem like an insignificant step, but we all have to start somewhere. Every little effort really does help.

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Are you an avid recycler? It’s shocking how much rubbish ends up in the landfill when it could have been recycled. Sorting your recycling is no big deal, if you do it as you go and keep it separate from non-recyclables or food waste, it’s a cinch! Many local authorities have established recycling services in place. They are always keen to lessen their areas impact on the environment as a whole. They will often offer free disposal of things like small electrical goods or charities will take unwanted clothes and homewares from the roadside. 

Do you just throw you food waste in with the rubbish? You could be missing a trick. If you’ve got green fingers and a are a savvy gardener, you’ll know compost is essential for healthy plants. Have you thought about making your own? It’s not a tough job at all, in fact, it’s so easy a child could do it. Just remember never, ever to compost cooked food waste or raw meat. You’ll find that your compost bin or pile could become a haven for vermin. No one wants uninvited disease ridden guests in their garden that’s for sure!

You could be using way more non-renewable energy than you need to without even realising.

Don’t leave appliances on standby, switch lights off and keep an eye on how much energy you’re using. You might be quite surprised how much money you can save from taking a few simple measures. Even better, why not go entirely green and go solar. There are lots of ways in which you could end up getting paid to produce electricity. Solar companies often offer incentives to help people save money and live a greener lifestyle. You could help power your whole neighbourhood!

Switch to greener products, such as cleaning, cooking and beauty products, to minimise the chemicals in our home environments and what does down our drains.

Purchase clothing that is sustainably sourced and produced locally.  Stay away from fast fashion, only buying quality pieces that will last for years and won’t end up in landfill after a months use. Also try to buy naturally occurring fibres and steer clear of man made materials, such as plastic based products such as pleather, polyester and rayon.

Taking a few basic little measures can make sure you live in a way that doesn’t cause so much damage to the environment. It will save you money and give you the satisfaction of doing some good.

Have you got any tips or tricks for living a greener lifestyle? What’s your contribution to saving the planet?

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