Everyone knows that if you want to do something good for the planet, you should probably start with recycling. Reducing, reusing and recycling are all excellent mantras for helping to restore our planet, but it’s time to add another term — renew.
The next step in going green is switching to renewable, sustainable energy, which does less harm to the planet. Traditionally, modern society has depended on the burning of fossil fuels to meet our energy needs, but these methods are harmful to the earth because they produce pollution that can lead to serious issues such as global warming. In addition, fossil fuels are a finite resource that won’t last forever and whose prices and availability are often subject to high-pressure political and economic situations.
These challenges are leading forward thinkers to turn to green energy, which produces little to no pollution and is infinitely available. Renewable systems, such as home-installed solar panels that collect energy from the sun and convert it into electricity are quiet, require little maintenance and last for decades. Wind turbines are also used by both homeowners and energy providers to produce electricity from a sustainable source.
Because renewable energy use is still growing, many homeowners have yet to catch on. Part of the reason some people shy away from renewable energy is because they don’t know enough about it or they can’t afford the upfront costs of purchasing and installing a solar or wind system. However, even if you can’t afford to go off the grid, you can still make your home a centre for renewable energy. Many energy companies use a variety of sources to get their electricity, and many more specialise in renewable energy. If you’re not sure where your electricity is coming from, you can find out easily by contacting your energy company, and new proposals from Ofgem aim to make switching companies easier for consumers.
Even with the new catchphrase — renew– you should also keep in mind the traditional recycling principles to reduce your consumption of energy. Even if part of your plan is renewable energy, you can still cut down on the amount that you have to pay for from an energy company with a few simple tricks. For example, insulating your home’s doors and windows can help stop leakage of warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. Likewise, installing compact fluorescent bulbs can significantly reduce the amount of electricity you use for lighting.
The key to living a sustainable lifestyle all around is to think green all the time. Remember, it’s more than just recycling, and you can take the next step by renewing your home’s energy plan today.
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