About the Author:
Mark is one of five “explorers” at Awareness Toolkits, who dig deep to find info for the creation of toolkits (articles, resource links, tips, guides, etc.) for those looking to spread awareness about specific subjects. After recently going solar in his home and learning about the positive impact it makes, Mark took an interest in “going green” and started doing research on ways to keep the momentum going. Below he shares some of the helpful tips he learned.
sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle can be a challenge in this day and age when
everything one could want is available for delivery at the push of a button.
However, there are plenty of green tech options that will help you take the
planet’s well-being into consideration, and they don’t have to cost an arm and
a leg. In fact, there are several ways you can utilise these modern tools in
order to reduce your carbon footprint and go green.
Use Smart Tech
Smart technology has become more and more prevalent in homes
around the world in recent years, and it has become more affordable as it grows
in popularity. One aspect of smart tech that can both help you reduce your
carbon footprint and lower utility bills is a programmable thermostat that will
keep the temperature in your home steady and lower or raise it at a set time of
day, such as when no one is home to use it. Keep in mind that although a smart
thermostat (and other smart technology) may seem pricey at first glance, it
will ultimately pay for itself in the long run.
For advice on
installing and using these thermostats, see the Energy Saving Trust website
Install Solar Panels
installed on a roof can have a number of different benefits, including lowering your utility bills and
helping to keep your house warmer in the winter. They can also keep the home
cooler in the summertime because they deflect the sun’s hot rays from the roof.
As if that wasn’t enough, solar panels can also help to protect a roof because
they shield the outer layer from the elements. While these panels can be a
little expensive in the beginning, you’ll definitely see a return on your
investment in terms of wear and tear and your utility bills throughout the
have suddenly become a little bit more lucrative. As of 1st January 2020, large
energy suppliers in the UK are obliged to pay households for the renewable
energy they export to the National Grid. This is under the Smart Export
Guarantee (SEG) scheme, set up to replace the Feed-in Tariff.
Energy Saving Trust website has plenty of useful information on this topic:
Utilise Wind Energy
where you live, you might be a good candidate for a garden wind turbine, which will help you harness the power of
Mother Nature for some of the energy you use at home. Check out the Renew-Reuse-Recycle website http://www.renew-reuse-recycle.com/noabl.pl?n=503 to see whether your area has the ideal
conditions for a wind turbine, and always check with your local planning authority
about planning issues before you have a system installed. It’s also wise to
remember that wind power isn’t always available, so you’ll most likely need a backup source of energy, or you’ll need to utilize wind
power for only part of your energy needs.
See Energy Saving
Trust website below for more information and advice:
one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases around the planet, but thanks to advances in
auto technology, you can now drive an eco-friendly car that relies on battery power and provides zero
emissions to the atmosphere. These days, you can even have a battery charger
installed in your garage or on your drive so you won’t have to worry about
getting stuck on the motorway with no power. Imagine never having to pay for
petrol again! If you aren’t comfortable with an electric car, look for a hybrid
that will give you the best of both worlds.
Saving Trust website contains lots if useful information on Eco-driving:
technology to help with an eco-friendly lifestyle may seem counterproductive,
but there are actually several pieces of tech that can help you make the most
of living green, and in many cases, they end up paying for themselves in
rewards. Think about the kinds of tech you’d like to try and do some research
using the websites above and others before making a decision.