Energia's 10 Top Tips for Greener Living
10 Top Tips for Greener Living ☘️
Looking to lead a more sustainable life? The good news is you’re already supporting Ireland’s Greenest Energy Provider. Check out these 10 top tips for more simple ways to live green.
10 TOP TIPS
1. Buy local:
Next time you’re doing the food shopping, choose locally sourced fruit and veg. Reducing “food miles” helps cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and shorter distances means fresher food on your plate. You’ll also be supporting your local economy – it’s a win-win really!
2. Meatless Mondays
One meat-free day a week is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption. Plus it’s a great excuse to learn some yummy veggie recipes. Chickpea nuggets anyone?
3. Use a Keep Cup
Nothing beats that first sip of coffee in the morning. Cut down on waste by bringing your own reusable cup for your takeaway caffeine kick. And lots of coffee shops around the country offer a discount when you remember to bring your own cup.
4. Forget straws
Plastic straws aren’t really necessary and they so often end up in our oceans where marine animals mistake them for food. So why not skip the straws or opt for the paper, biodegradable variety instead?
5. Rent your style
Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries so next time you have a big event on the horizon, consider renting your dress or suit. It could also help free up some wardrobe (or floor) space.
6. Take a shorter shower
Spending less time in the shower is one of the simplest ways to conserve water and energy. Reducing your shower time by just 2 minutes saves up to 38 litres of water. And on that note…
7. Use soap instead of shower gel
It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose. Swapping your bottle of shower gel for a humble bar of soap is a great way to cut down on plastic waste.
8. Take public transport
Leave your car at home and take the bus to work. Or consider carpooling if you don’t have access to any public transport links. You’ll breathe easier knowing that you’re doing your bit to reduce air pollution.
9. Ditch the paper towels
Save trees and money by replacing paper towels with a reusable cloth for mopping up messes in the kitchen.
10. Make a shopping list
In Ireland we throw away nearly one million tonnes of food waste each year. Writing out what you’re going to need for the week ahead is a handy way to stop yourself from over-buying when you get to the shops.
Your unwanted clothes, furniture, and books could be just what someone else is looking for. So instead of throwing them away, head to your local charity shop where they’ll be happy to take them off your hands.
Reuse old newspapers
Did you know that a lot of wrapping paper can’t be recycled because it has a plastic film? Reduce waste and give your gifts an old-timey feel by wrapping them with old newspapers and magazines instead.
Next time you’re going to the cinema or a concert, try and opt for e-tickets instead of buying paper tickets. A simple way to cut down on your paper waste.
Switch to LED lightbulbs
Up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting, LED lightbulbs pack a powerful punch. Unlike fluorescent bulbs, LEDs contain no toxic elements and they last up to 6 times longer than other lighting. Why not lower your electricity bill while saving the environment?
Turn it off
Save energy by getting in the habit of switching off the lights when you leave a room and keep an eye out to make sure the pilot light on your tv is turned off.
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