Reduce Red Meat Intake
Traditional red meat comes from ruminant livestock such as cattle and sheep. These animals produce large amounts of methane, which is a greenhouse gas that packs 72 times the punch of CO2 over a 20-year period. Other types of animals, such as chicken, pork, or fish produce far fewer emissions. At average levels of consumption, a family of four’s emissions from beef alone would easily outweigh the construction and running costs of a large vehicle per year in less than 5 years! Eating less red meat means far less CO2 overall, and hence far less impact on the environment. Better still, choose the most ecological option and go vegan!
Insulate Your Home
Proper insulation is a great way to influence the energy efficiency of your home. There are many simple yet effective ways to insulate your home, which can significantly reduce heat loss and lower your heating bills! Heat rises, so in an uninsulated home a quarter of heat is lost through the roof – so insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills. Professionally installed loft insulation is the best way to go, and should pay for itself many times over.
Draught proofing is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and reduce costs in any home. It’s important to understand that both draughts and ventilation let fresh air into your home, but while ventilation helps reduce condensation and damp, draughts are uncontrolled: they let in too much cold air and waste too much heat. To draught proof your home you should block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. Saving warm air means you’ll use less energy to heat your home, so you’ll save money as well as making your home snug and pleasant. Plus you can do it yourself!
Energy Efficient Cars
Travel is the single biggest contributor to each of our carbon footprints, so by choosing an energy efficient vehicle we can significantly reduce our overall impact on the environment. There are huge benefits to the environment through the reduced emissions, but there also significant benefits to you! For example, reduced fuel costs. This might be the most obvious benefit of switching to an eco-friendly car, but it’s certainly worth mentioning! Owning either a hybrid or fully electric car will significantly reduce your fuel costs, due to the impact of a cut or total drop in petrol needed to keep your car running and on the road. Initially the savings might seem small, particularly if you go for a hybrid, but they’ll really add up over time – with hybrids representing around a 30% saving on the costs of fuel for city driving, or 19% on motorway and higher-speed driving. The only cost in fueling an electric car, of course, is the electricity to charge the battery – and you can pick up kits to set up a charging station in your own garage, or find a charging point at many petrol stations and motorway services across the country, with availability constantly increasing.