Climate Action is a topic that make alot of folks blank out and say - oh thats too hard... or its just for hippies, but really, we are all responsible for what we consume and put back into the world.
It's always a great thing if you can not only help the plant, but help your bottom line too! The poor old climate is often used as a way to "upsell" prices for business when they want to overcharge (like "organic" food is always more expensive) but really you can take care of things yourself and help your bank balance at the same time...
Here is our list of tips to help you and the planet... any additional ideas - please share them in the comments section below!
A Lightbulb moment
Take a moment to think about your lightbulbs. They are a sneaky must have energy guzzler… if you can, swap them out for energy efficient globes, but do the math and cost them out according to your budgets… the best way is to make sure you switch off any lights you are not using. You can even turn into that “crazy friend” who turns off lights when your visiting friends place.
If you can swap out your bulbs then try compact fluorescent bulbs. One bulb can reduce up to 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution during its lifetime, they will also save you a bundle when the bill arrives.
Unplug Your Gadgets
Completely powering off your gadgets isn't just good for your devices, it's good for the planet. No sleep here, you need to turn off and even better, unplug.
Unplugging your chargers when they're not in use is also a great trick… electricity trickles through plugged in items - so flick the switch and remove it from the socket to save! Dangling wires doing nothing can save you hundreds a year.
Take Public Transit or Carpool
Pretty obvious isn’t it? But form the cheaper tickets for those of us eligible, plus the fact you don’t have to worry about idiots on the road. But then again if you need a car, try and carpool with friends and family to maximise your output of those nasty pollutants. Given the state of the roads these days and traffic - its always better to travel with a friend anyway!
Choose a Laptop Over a Desktop
We love our online life, but the laptop isn’t just for portability. Because of its portable nature, laptops are designed to be energy efficient as they can’t be seen to have bad power usage / battery life. so they are actually better for the environment too. According to Energy Star, a laptop can be up to 80% more energy-efficient than a desktop. Energy-efficient LCD screens, hard drives, CPUs and adaptors all factor into making makes laptops much better tools for the planet.
Filter Your Own Water
Bottled water is one of the WORST things you can do for the environment! Plastic waste, transportation, it all adds up to a massive impact. Sure, we don’t want those hideous stomach bugs you can find in normal drinking water, but best to filter your own. A water purifier on tap or in fridge is a great way to have clean water and a clean tick for the environment.
Adjust Your Curtains and Enviro Controls
Simple adjustments to moderate the temperature in your house can make a big difference for the planet. If you keep your house two degrees warmer in the summer and two degrees cooler in the winter you can save big bucks on your energy bills. Similar, turning off your thermostat while you're not in your home can save you 15% on your energy bill.
Similarly, keep your curtains open during the day in the winter to let in sunlight, and close them at night to keep in warmth. During the summer, close the curtains during the day to keep out extra sunlight and open them at night to moderate the temperature, or even open them to let in a cool breeze. There are several energy-efficient curtains on the market that use insulation to further monitor your home's temperature. In Australia we love a blackout curtain and they work wonders… there are some really cheap ones that look fantastic on auctions sites (to help your pocket, you can buy pre made sets with rings etc on ebay WAY cheaper than buying fabric at a haberdashers. pre made sets are around $50… fabric only is around $100! )
Buy Local Food
It’s all about the transport. If you can’t grow it yourself, then grab it from a local who can. The less movement the food has - the fresher it is and the less impact it has on the environment. Try and adjust your cooking requirements around seasonal ingredients - it will allow you to keep your diet interesting and your planet healthy.
We hope these tips will help you choose more economic and planet friendly options. Any tips? share them in our comments section below.