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Environmental living in everyday life
Saving the environment has become one of the most popular topics to be discussed in the political arena. Today, elections are largely influenced by politicians’ policies and statements regarding nuclear power, renewable energy and waste management. Unfortunately, however, the decisions of the political elite alone cannot save the planet from pollution or global warming. So aside from the political debate, what can an individual, a private household or family do in order to reduce their carbon footprint?
Saving energy at home
One of the best ways to help the environment is by saving energy in the home. Fortunately, technologies used every day, such as fridges, washing machines, dish washers and ovens are already built to be energy efficient. This means that they aim to use as little electricity, gas or water as possible, which is a lot less that what they used only a few of years ago.
Implemented by the European Union, the EU Energy Label scheme evaluates all appliances sold giving them a score based on their energy efficiency. When buying any appliance, you will see ratings scored in terms of letters, with the most energy efficient appliances being scored A+++ and the least energy efficient appliances scored G. A device with an A+++ label is guaranteed to use only 22 percent of the electricity used by a conventional device.
Aside from saving energy by opting for A-labelled appliances, you can also save energy by switching off devices which don’t need to be used permanently. Try switching off appliances like TV sets, computers and mobile devices instead of leaving them on standby when they are not being used. If you haven’t done so already, try changing your light bulbs to energy saving light bulbs and of course, when you leave a room always remember to turn the light off. Such simple measures are easy to do and they not only reduce your carbon footprint but can also save you money on your energy bills.
Using natural resources
The majority of energy consumed comes from fossil fuels, but solar panel companies in the UK can offer greener and sustainable alternatives. They can provide a household with solar modules which can be installed on top of the roof, for example, in order to absorb the sunlight and transform it into electric energy. This energy can eventually be used in the home or can be transferred into the local electricity network, saving both individuals and their neighbours’ money. This sustainable way of generating electricity is on the rise and is expected to continue increasing in popularity due to the ever-increasing costs of fossil fuels.