If we all want to live better, we have to start now. But don't settle for doing the minimum. It's about incorporating elements of sustainable living into our lives.
It is possible to live sustainably, there are actually many more possibilities than you would have considered. I like to think in the formula of Four R's (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) is not the only one, although it is the best start.
By reducing your energy consumption you are not only saving money, but you are also helping the environment. Here are some suggestions for improving your home energy efficiency, which can help lower your household bills and reduce your impact on the environment.
You should not forget that with energy consumption you make our habits result in greenhouse gas emissions and overexploitation of natural resources.
1. If you don't use the light, turn it off
You can light up the house according to your needs at any time; choose light colours for the walls and take advantage of natural light.
2. Look for low consumption lamps or LEDs
They are more efficient, provide the same amount of light, consume much less energy and of course, it will be reflected in your electricity bill.
3. If you are going to buy a fridge, opt for the one with the letter A
You've probably noticed the sticker with an icon that normally goes from A to G in your appliances. The label is there to inform you about the energy and water consumption of the appliance concerned. Choosing the letter A will guarantee you are getting an efficient appliance.
4. Turn off the appliances and, if you can, unplug them as much as possible
This is a more efficient way of using energy in your home and saves you invisible consumption.
5. Turn down the heating and air conditioning
Did you know you can reduce your electricity by up to 10% by doing so? During the night, always reduce the heating as it is better for your health and you also save energy.
If you're willing to invest in energy efficiency for your home, one option is to insulate it. With insulation, you can reduce heating costs by up to 40%. In winter, heating can account for more than 60% of a house's energy consumption.
7. Install solar panels
Another tool for energy efficiency in your home. The green energy of solar panels. The investment pays for itself in a short time and you will lower your electricity and gas costs a lot.
8. Park your car when possible
Car sharing is an energy-saving way to travel. Car sharing with neighbours, friends or family saves fuel, pollutes less and helps to decongest the city.
9. Use public transport more often
I know after the pandemic, this is not as easy as it used to be, but whenever possible use public transport. With the subway, you will save fuel and help the environment.
Walking or cycling for short journeys is best, on top of helping your economy, you'll be exercising and you'll reduce your carbon footprint.
11. Use the stairs in buildings
It will be good for your health and, keep this in mind 6 minutes in the elevator uses the same energy as a 60-watt light bulb on all day.
Making the difference is not so difficult, the world cannot wait, these changes must be done now, there is still a small window of hope, be part of the change.
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