There’s a lot in the media about living a sustainable lifestyle, however, figuring out where to start can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
There are little things that you can do to help take a step in the right direction and do your bit for the environment.
We’ve put together a few of simple tips below to help you on your journey towards more environmentally sustainable living.
Eco friendly appliances
Choosing environmentally friendly appliances is a great way to start reducing your impact on the environment and could help reduce your heating bills. From energy efficient washing machines to eco-friendly dishwashers, and environmentally friendly fridges and kettles. It’s worth checking your current appliances as they might already have an environmentally friendly setting to help you save energy.
If you’re a heating oil user who lives off grid, oil fired boilers are good as they heat water on demand, reducing the amount of fuel required.
Efficient home heating
If you use domestic heating oil to heat your home, you could consider trying premium kerosene as an alternative. Premium kerosene burns more cleanly and efficiently, with less impurities, which means it’s kinder to your boiler. So, it could help reduce your usage.
Make a few small adjustments around the home
Simple changes like turning off light switches in rooms when you’re not in them can not only save you money but could help protect the environment by reducing emissions being released into the atmosphere. It’s also a good idea to fill your kettle with just the right amount of water if you’re making a hot drink, rather than filling your whole kettle. It’s only a small change, but with millions of cuts of tea drunk in our country every day, it’s a small step to making a difference!
Try planting a herb garden
Instead of getting your fresh herbs from the supermarket, why not have a go at growing an herb garden, either outside or on your kitchen windowsill. It will help reduce your food miles and could save you a trip to the shop in your car if you notice you’ve run out in the middle of cooking up a feast!
Avoid single-use plastic
Traditional plastics are non-biodegradable, which means many of the plastic items we have in our cupboards may not decompose for over 500 years. For example, that mountain of plastic containers you’ve got stashed away! When you’re ready to replace your plastic items, it’s a good idea to check the labels and choose biodegradable options that will do the same job, last longer and can be recycled at the end of their life. A great alternative to plastic containers are tempered glass ones.
Shop at your local independent shops
This is a great option to help you live in a more sustainable way. Not only are you helping your local community to thrive, but it can also help reduce your food miles. If you don’t have a local butcher or greengrocer, try looking online as there may be one nearby that will deliver to your postcode – but make sure that their produce is local to ensure the food miles are lower. There’s also lots of local farms that now deliver fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to your doorstep, full of tasty seasonal produce.
Additionally keep an eye out for zero-waste shops which have become very popular over the last few years. They minimise packaging by encouraging to use your own containers, so they’re a great way to start being a little more sustainable. Not only that the products they stock are typically eco-friendly products using natural ingredients.
Repair and recycle.
You can cut waste by repairing, rather than replacing. Many products have been designed to make it cheaper to replace them when they break. Which creates mountains of land fill every year. If you’re looking for a way to live more sustainably try your hand at mending broken items, clothes, or shoes. Alternatively, you can take them along to your local repair shop to fix instead. You can also donate items you no longer want or need to local upcycling projects, vintage stores or charities who will bring them back to life for someone else to enjoy.
There’s plenty more things you can do to live more sustainably and do your bit for the environment. But hopefully we’ve given you a few tips to taking the first steps towards helping to make a difference.