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    How To Live More Sustainably

    How To Live More Sustainably

    If you want to live more sustainably, you’re not alone.

    Many people are starting to realize that sustainable living isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s essential if we want to protect the planet.

    It’s true we’ve done a lot of harm so far, but by making sustainable choices, that harm can be reversed in some cases and, at the very least, slowed down in others. Yet it’s knowing what those sustainable choices are that is the key, and it’s not always easy to understand them. However, it’s worth putting in the time and effort to understand more if you want to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible in your everyday life.

    The changes really only need to be small ones because a lot of small changes will add up to big changes that really make a huge difference to the health of the planet. With that in mind, read on for some useful ideas about how to live more sustainably.

    Reduce Your Energy Consumption

    The amount of energy you use every day is a big part of your sustainability, or perhaps your lack of it. If you can reduce your energy consumption, you’ll not only be helping the planet, but you’ll save yourself money as well, so although this might not be your main reason for making these changes, it’s certainly not a bad thing to have as a benefit either.

    One big way you can reduce your energy consumption is to ensure you have energy-efficient appliances in your home. The newer the appliance, the more likely it is to be energy-efficient, so if you have older appliances, like washing machines and dishwashers, as well as fridges and freezers, it’s a good idea to replace them. Although this will cost you to do this, you’ll save money in the long run because of your reduced energy usage, and you’ll be more sustainable.

    Another way to reduce your energy consumption is to completely switch appliances and equipment off rather than just using the standby function. Even on standby, the equipment is still using energy, and the same is true if something is plugged in and switched on, even if it’s not actually doing anything. Turning off lights, unplugging everything, and shutting things down when they’re not being used will save you a lot of energy.

    Reduce Waste

    The more waste you have at home, the less sustainable you are being, so reducing the amount of waste you throw away is important. Food is a great place to start since we all waste a lot of it every week. It’s a good idea to plan your meals in advance and in this way, you’ll only buy what you need and, if you stick to your plan, nothing will go to waste. Any peelings you have left over can be composted, and the only thing you’ll need to think about is disposing of any packaging. Shop carefully and buy don’t by single use or non-recyclable packaging, and this becomes much easier too.

    Recycling is actually something you need to do more of in general if you want to reduce waste from your home. Rather than just throwing everything into one rubbish bin, you must take a little extra time and separate your recyclable waste from everything else. It really only takes seconds, and it can make a big difference. If everyone recycled more, the planet would be much healthier.

    Use Renewable Energy Sources

    We’ve talked about how you should use less energy where you can (and everyone always can), but what about the energy sources themselves? The ones you’re currently using might be bad for the planet, and even with reduced usage, they’re still not ideal.

    This is why it’s a good idea to think about renewable energy sources like solar panels. With experts like All Seasons Energy to help guide you and even carry out the installation for you, this becomes an easy thing to do that can enhance your sustainability efforts hugely.

    Reduce Water Consumption

    Water might seem to be in plentiful supply – it’s there every time we turn on the tap – but that doesn’t mean we can waste it, and if possible, we all need to use less water throughout the day. Take a look around your home, and you might spot some areas where you’re wasting waste, such as leaking faucets. These should quickly be fixed, and you’ll immediately start saving water.

    Other ways to save water include installing low-flow showerheads, collecting rainwater, taking shorter showers, and only doing full loads of laundry. Saving water is a great way to become a lot more sustainable.

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