If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past few years, you’ll know that it’s up to all of us to reduce our energy consumption. While that might sound like a daunting task, it’s actually much easier than you might think - and it can have other benefits besides protecting the earth, too, as you’ll see when you check your bank balance and you’re feeling fitter than ever. Here are five ways to start walking toward a carbon neutral household.
In the Garden
It’s much easier to start growing your own food that you might realise. If you have some space in your garden, then get your hands dirty and you’ll soon have access to completely fresh fruit and veg, which will cost you nothing and be tastier than anything you could buy in the supermarket. If you have a little more space, add a chicken coop and there’ll be fresh eggs every morning. Perfect!
Reducing Your Energy Usage
When it comes to your home’s energy, the main problem is usually the house itself. Most households use far too much energy, even though it’s completely avoidable. If you’re not sure how to reduce your home’s energy usage, speak to the energy efficiency experts - they’ll be able to offer solutions like solar panels, installing better windows, adding insulation, and so on. A lot of maintaining an eco-friendly home is all about preventative measures, so get your home in line and you’ll be set up well to limit your carbon footprint.
Cooking the Traditional Way
There’s no law that says the only way to cook is to get in the kitchen and use all the fancy kitchen appliances you have in there. In fact, take a look at alternative cooking options and you’ll see that not only are these methods much more earth friendly, they’re also infinitely more interesting and can result in extra tasty meals. You’ll also pick up a few skills that can be used when you’re out camping in the wild - there’ll be no more basic beans in a tin for you!
We’re sure that your body is already wincing at the idea of voluntarily taking a cold shower, but don’t discount the idea just yet, because there of plenty of reasons why you might want to consider it. For starters, anyone with ambitions of living in a carbon neutral home should be taking them because they’re so much better for the environment. There’s no energy used to heat up water and you’ll naturally lose less water as it’s unlikely you’ll be standing in the shower for ten minutes. Additionally, there of plenty of health benefits, too - including boosting your mood and immune system. Try it and once you see the benefits you’ll be taking them every day without hesitation.
Turn It Off
And finally, make sure you’re turning off your unused appliances and taking the plugs out of the plug socket. A lot of appliances use a lot of energy when they’re plugged in even when they’re switched off, costing you money and the earth its valuable resources.