Living Sustainably in 2021

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Planet Earth, the topic of much discussion over recent years and for a good reason: Climate Change. As a species we are advancing too quickly for the planet to cope, with planet earths average surface temperature rising by 1.18 Degrees Celsius since the late 19th century; the latest years being the warmest. So, what does this mean for us? A warming planet has devastating consequences, sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, glaciers are retreating, and weather patterns are becoming more extreme. All of which influences the planets ecosystems in a negative way. Here are a few ways in which you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle and help do your bit to combat climate change.

Reduce Energy Usage

Our homes use a lot of energy, from heating your hot water to powering your lights. Simple tricks such as changing all your lightbulbs to LEDs and investing in A+++ appliances will not only help the planet but your energy bills too. With energy bills being one of the largest costs for UK families it’s wise to save where you can. Smart meters are a good way to track your daily energy consumption and the Green Homes Grant from the UK government is an excellent way to help you with larger changes to your home, the £5000 grant can be used to make your home more energy efficient by undertaking works such as, cavity wall insulation, double gazed windows and sustainable heat pumps.

Responsible Travel

With the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 in the UK, considering an electric vehicle will be a large step in the right direction towards green living. Considering your everyday travel is important but it can also be applied to holidaying. Spending time holidaying locally will allow you to appreciate the area in which you live but it will also reduce the amount of carbon you produce by travelling. As many of us enjoy travelling abroad, consider options such as train travel. If you do wish to fly, many airlines allow you to pay a little extra to offset your carbon, in turn reducing your carbon footprint. The type of holiday you choose will also help, walking and cycling holidays are a great way to see an area of beauty with minimal damage to the environment and choosing a company which practises sustainability in its own business model is valuable.

Eating well

Over the last year we have seen an increase in people wanting to shop locally and help smaller businesses, rather then the large chain mega stores. Shopping locally not only helps the local economy but the goods which you buy won’t have travelled huge distances before reaching the shelf and you in turn will have travelled a shorter distance to shop there. This all helps reduce the carbon footprint. It’s not only the food we buy but how we use it that can benefit the planet, cooking more vegetarian and vegan meals to reduce your meat intake will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and using up the food in your fridge instead of throwing it away helps combat the growing issue of waste.

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