Reducing the strain that your home puts on the environment

Are you aware of current environmental issues and your contribution to them? Pollution (something we all contribute to) is known to be one of the principal roots of many other environmental concerns, including climate change. There are known to be 7 key types of pollution that affect our environment: air; water; soil; noise; radioactive; light and thermal.

What can you do within your home to make a positive contribution?

Change to LED light bulbs

These light bulbs represent a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and have the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in homes. Residential LEDs, in particular, ENERGY STAR rated products, are said to use at least 75% less energy, and last around 25 times longer, than other lighting. Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in homes – are you using them?

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Don’t let your water continue to run

The things we do every day waste water. When you are brushing your teeth, washing your face, washing your hands, and so on, you should turn the water off.

Brushing takes two minutes, if you are doing it as you should be, during that time, valuable water is going to waste. Turn that tap off, and turn it back on to clean your tooth brush!

Don’t waste water – some people don’t have any clean water at all!

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Turn off the lights

Turning off the lights when you leave a room might not seem very important, but it is a simple thing that can make a difference. It’s thought that 30% of a home’s energy usage comes from the lighting, are the lights on a lot in your house? Therefore, if you turn the lights off when you leave the room, you will be able to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used for lighting within your home.

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Have efficient appliances

Before you purchase a new appliance check the efficiency rating. Appliances are graded from A to G on their efficiency, with A being the most efficient and G being the least. Fridge freezers have three extra ratings at the top end, you might have seen these labelled as A+, A++ and A+++. The lower their kWh consumption is, the more efficient the appliance is considered to be.

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Also give your central heating some thought. How efficient is it? You could have a look at energy efficient central heating pumps from Pump Sales Direct.

There are so many things you can do in your home to support the environment, these are only a few to start with. Don’t forget to recycle, donate old clothing to charity, turn your heating down a notch, limit the cars you own, minimise waste and so on.

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