Living an Eco-friendly Life – It’s not all about LED Lights.
LED Lights are just part of Living an Eco-Friendly Life
Having LED lights installed in your home is a great way to be more eco-friendly. They use a lot less electricity than other bulbs like incandescent and fluorescent, and contain no carbon so they don’t contribute anything to your carbon footprint. Changing the lighting in your house is just one way to be kinder to the environment; here are some more top tips to help you lead a more eco-friendly life:-
- For shorter journeys you could leave the car at home and walk instead. The exercise will benefit you and the lack of exhaust fumes will benefit the environment so it’s win-win! Or why not get a bike and spend your commute getting fit as well as helping to reduce congestion on the roads? If you simply can’t live without your car then you could consider switching to an eco-friendly electric or hybrid vehicle in the future.
- Organically grown food is much kinder to the environment as harmful pesticides and chemicals aren’t used and released into the environment. Organic food often tastes much better too! Check out local farmers markets for fresh produce as it won’t have had to travel as far to get to you, reducing the carbon footprint of the produce, and you’ll be reinvesting into the local economy. You could even try growing your own vegetables to give them even less distance to travel to your plate!
- When buying new clothes opt for organic natural fibres like wool, cotton or silk, and choose fair trade produced items as this ensures the workers have been treated humanely and paid fairly. Re-use and recycle your old clothing by handing it down to family and friends, donating to charity, or customised into something new.
- There are a variety of energy sources that are much more eco-friendly than the burning of fossil fuels. Some local authorities run incentives to encourage homeowners to install solar panels or wind turbines etc. The cost of the installation is often offset by the savings in energy costs over a certain period.
- When renovating your home try to choose natural, sustainable materials like wooden flooring from a responsible supplier who is part of a forestry programme. Recycled and salvaged furniture and fittings are also more eco-friendly than newly manufactured things as they’ve already been built and processed. When purchasing appliances check their energy efficiency rating, newer items tend to be more energy efficient so buy new rather than second hand in this case!
- Recycle as much as you can. Most local authorities nowadays provide residents with different bins for different types of waste so it’s even easier to recycle. When you go to the supermarket remember to take your re-usable shopping bags so that you don’t need any of the plastic carrier bags. Many supermarkets actually charge you for the carrier bags now so it’s better for everyone is you take your own and re-use them! Before you go shopping plan meals and make a shopping list so that you don’t buy too much. Make use of your freezer to keep food fresh for longer and avoid throwing it away.
Living an environmentally friendly lifestyle means changing many things, switching to eco-friendly LED lighting is a good place to start. Find out why LED Lights outshine traditional lighting here – LED Lights