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On behalf of, and with our thanks to Neil Stawski
3 Ways You Can Help With Climate Change at Home
Climate change is real, and it can be quite frightening to think about. Luckily, there are small measures we can take at home, in our communities, and as a collective society to decrease our contribution to climate change. Here are some simple ways we can help leave the world a better place for the future.
Let the Sun Power Our Lives
If you live in the UK and want to use renewables to put a dent in your energy expenses, then solar panels may be a good option. Though the sun alone may not be out enough to power your entire home, having solar panels installed can help you break away from the energy firms responsible for burning so many fossil fuels, and causing so much harm to the environment. Try to choose a solar power system that suits your flat and make sure you find experienced pros to handle the installation. Installing solar panels in the US can cost most homeowners from around $9,865 to $15,241, but you can search online to find your local prices. Talk to friends and family members for references to find someone you can trust. You should also come up with a few questions to ask potential installers, and shop around to find the best prices.
Part Ways With Plastic
Plastics are a huge problem around the world and the UK is no exception. It’s common for families to toss out 40 kg of plastic waste each year, which adds up to over 5 million tonnes thrown away by the UK annually. It’s such a big issue that the government recently banned the use of certain plastics across the country. The proposed bans would stop the sale of any plastic straws, cotton swabs containing plastic, and other single-use plastic items throughout the UK. Until that ban goes into effect, however, there are small steps you can take to reduce your plastic footprint. Bring your own bottles, cups, and flasks when picking up your to-go coffees and beverages. You can also swap your single-use tea bags for a reusable strainer, opt out of the glitter when getting fancy, and ditch straws altogether. Getting rid of your plastic habit can go a long way in making your home, community, and country more eco-friendly.
Take Care When Caring for Gardens
According to reports, when all factors are taken into consideration, each person in the UK consumes around 4,645 litres of water every day. Much of that water usage comes from the overseas production of goods, as well as the water needed to sustain agriculture. But you can still make a difference in the world’s water usage by limiting what you use in your garden and home. Using smart irrigation systems, such as an underground tanks and butts on all of your downpipes, will help you conserve water while keeping your garden lovely.
Aside from limiting your water usage, you can also take other steps in your garden to make it eco-friendly. Green gardens can include utilizing recycled materials throughout (you can use this trick inside your home, too), using permeable paving so water can drain through, and sticking to plants that naturally occur in your area. Back inside your home, you can save even more water. Try cutting down on the duration of your showers for a start. You can use a kitchen timer to get yourself in the habit of taking shorter showers.
We may not be able to reverse the effects of climate change altogether, but we may be able to at least influence how much our global ecosystems are altered in the future. By making better choices about how we live our lives, and how we maintain our homes, we can be the generation that makes a real impact on climate change. After all, the future of our — as well as our children’s — planet, may depend upon it.
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