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Saving Energy: at Home, at Work, or While Out and About

People often implement energy-saving activities in their homes for two reasons: to save money, and to help the environment by saving resources. But once you leave your house, there's no reason to hold back on environmental friendliness. After all, the fate of the environment still stands as a massive issue, and can be helped by way of significant changes in human activity.

Of course, significant changes often result from the collective influence of smaller changes - a notion that certainly applies to environmental conservation. If each and every household in Britain were to make small changes with regard to resource conservation, all those changes would collectively amount to a big difference. And, if individuals in each of those households took further measures to conserve resources throughout the day - whether at work or while out and about - the resulting change would be even more significant. The great thing is, the habits required to make a difference for the environment aren't difficult to adopt, and won't significantly change anyone's lifestyle. They're easy to implement, and they're sure to make a difference if everyone pitches in.

So what are some basic steps you can take each day to do your part for the environment? In your home, it's a good idea to insulate your loft and to fit a jacket to your hot water tank. With 75 per cent of homes wasting energy due to inadequate insulation and loss of heat in their water tanks, these two simple measures can make a big difference to your energy bills and the amount of energy you save. Updating your boiler is another simple yet effective step, as old boilers aren't as efficient in heating your house. Of course, it's always a good idea to switch lights and electrical items off when you're not using them - including appliances left on standby - and to use energy efficient light bulbs throughout your home. Finally, opt for showers over baths, as they use less water and energy for heat, and fill your kettle only with as much water you'll actually need.

Keeping an eye on energy usage at work is great way to make a difference. Many people leave their computers on at night, leave the heat running, or even leave the lights on in the building when they leave. But ensuring everything gets turned off at the end of the day will ultimately make a big difference in energy saving efforts. If your workplace hasn't already adopted an energy-saving scheme, why not initiate one yourself? You can even incorporate recycling into these measures for a more environmentally friendly workplace.

Finally, there are various ways to help the environment when you're out and about. For instance, before jumping into your car, ask yourself whether you can walk, bike, or take public transportation to your destination. Recycling is another way you can contribute. Many people will recycle in their homes, but often fail to do so in public when there are no recycling bins within convenient reach. Consider hanging on to your plastic bottle or glass container until you do reach a recycling bin. You might also consider whether you can re-use any items yourself, such as glass jars or plastic bags, instead of placing them in a recycling bin.

With so many simple ways to incorporate resource conservation in our everyday lives, anyone can positively impact the environment. So do your part starting today - whether it's in your home, at work, or while out and about.


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