OK, so there are always big investments and changes you can make to your home and lifestyle to have a more positive impact on the planet.
But the small changes you make to your routine can also make a genuine difference – you just have to approach the day with a greener head on.
Think of all the lights you switch on from the moment you wake up.
We’re not suggesting you start living life in the dark. But how about changing a few of those bulbs to energy efficient ones?
Maybe it’s not vital to use an electric toothbrush every day.
A few minutes of light brushing in the morning will actually save a bit of energy, so some mornings why not give your teeth a good old-fashioned scrub?
If you’re a bath addict, you could swap some of those long soaks for a 5-minute shower.
According to the Environment Agency, you’ll only use about a third the amount of water.
You could try and use a toaster rather than a grill.
And if you’re going for the full monty, you could cook your hash browns and black pudding in the microwave rather than the oven. It’ll use about fifty per cent less energy.
We know that it’s sometimes necessary to use the car – and there are some easy ways to reduce CO² emissions when we do.
Like using higher gears, going easy on the air-con and switching off your engine when you’re not moving.
Try activating the Power Saving Device on your computer so it switches itself off automatically when not in use for a while.
You could set your monitor to switch off after 10 minutes too – screen savers don’t actually tend to save energy.
Boiling too much water wastes time and energy.
If you’re just making a solitary coffee, only boil that much water. If you have some left over, offer a colleague one.
Look out for energy saving fridges. It will take a significant chunk out of your electricity bill.
Remember to switch off any computers, printers or photocopiers before you leave.
Equipment left on overnight wastes a huge amount of energy (and money that could be better spent on, say, a team night out).
As an Infinis employee, you’re entitled to a grant if you invest in a low-emission vehicle.
So next time you buy a car, think about making it a more environmental one.
Ever arrive home and find yourself faced with Blackpool Illuminations? Switch off the lights before you leave and you’ll preserve a lot of energy.
In fact, if everyone in London switched off for an hour, a whopping 380 tonnes of CO² would be saved.
If you’re feeling a little chilly, think about putting a jumper on instead of the heating.
You might even want to completely change the way you power your home. You could invest in a wood-fuelled heating system or ground source heat pumps for example. We’ll help you out financially if you do.
Did you know that covering pans will retain heat and get your food cooked more quickly?
You could even try stacking the pots over one hob and giving your veggies a good old-fashioned steam.
If you put all of the UK’s yearly household waste into dustbins, they’d stretch from here to the moon.
So make sure you recycle, and if you have a garden how about making a compost heap?
Unless there’s something you really want to watch on TV, there’s no point having it on in the background.
Read a book instead. Better still, get an early night and give your own energy levels a boost.
When you turn in for the night, make sure you haven’t left any lights on around the house.
Then you can sleep safe in the knowledge you’ve done your little bit.
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