One great way of becoming a bit more eco-friendly without making any significant changes to your lifestyle (and, in fact, making it easier in many respects), is by investing in some smart tech and bits of kit that can do the work for you. Developing and popular tech such as smart lighting, smart heating monitors and timers can combine to automate the energy usage in your home, setting it on schedules that meld around your daily plans and then power down when not needed.
Nowadays, with modern apartment buildings, this sort of technology, alongside modern building techniques, ‘smart home’ sensibilities and things like life-enhancing home elevators, is included in the foundations and fabric, preparing them for the future and the more conscious tenants of tomorrow. For an example of modern homes, take a look at RW Invest, and their buy-to-let offerings in Liverpool’s city centre, including the state-of-the-art One Baltic Square, appealing to the growing number of young professionals coming to the digital sector of the city with its efficient structure and design. As cities come under increased pressure to cut emissions, these blueprints will become the expected norm.
Many old-fashioned and traditional houses lose a lot of energy through their poor insulation and archaic designs, not only costing the homeowners money but also not doing much good for the environment. If you’re living in an older styled building and are losing a lot to leakage, etc., you might decide to invest in some new insulation methods or improved windows to help ultimately cut waste.
Other things to try
While it might not seem like it at first, sometimes the little things can make a world of difference. Here are some quick fire tips and tricks you could try to reduce your carbon footprint and become more environmentally conscious.
Some companies are offering free water saving devices, such as timers and shower head attachments to stop you from wasting water that you don’t need to be. In addition to this, you could consider making small changes, such as trying to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower each day, and turning off taps while you’re brushing your teeth etc.
For those wanting to actually save a bit of money on those pesky energy bills each month, you might want to consider (if you haven’t already) changing to a smart meter. These devices will allow you monitor where you are spending the most money each day, giving you the usage information you need to change your lifestyle around that and adapt accordingly.
Carbon emissions and pollution through travelling is a big problem, and so perhaps you could try to make some changes in your lifestyle, where possible, to your daily commute. Many who live in a city centre opt to not have their cars at all, choosing public transport or walking, and if you fancy a bit more exercise, you could even choose to cycle to work.
While there is a big push worldwide to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, due to the damage they are doing to the climate, the biggest offender is actually meat consumption. Water scarcity is also largely due to meat-eating too, with it taking approximately 5,000 gallons of water to obtain a single pound of beef. It can be difficult going ‘cold turkey’ and turning completely vegan, so why not eat a leaf out of Paul McCartney’s book and try a meat-free Monday? You never know, it might benefit your health, too.