Since having kids me and my partner have both tried that little bit harder, to do things in our day to day lives that help keep the world that little bit more ‘green’ . In fact six out of ten parents said that they have started to live in a ‘greener’ way at home at the suggestion of their children.We’re strong believers in the fact the things that what we do now however small it may seem, will shape the future for our little ones. Therefore I thought I’d share some of the steps we have taken, to help create a brighter future for them.
WASHING AT 30
As hard as it can be sometimes, especially now the little ones are back at school. We try to limit how much we put the washing machine on as it means we use less water. However when we do put a wash on we make sure that we always wash our clothes at 30. Switching from 40 to 30 on wash cycles, uses less energy.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, washing clothes at 30 uses around 40% less electricity over a year than washing at higher temperatures such as 40. This adds up to savings of around £13 a year on energy bills.
I have to admit it took me a while to get on board with recycling. The idea of having to think which bin does this go in and having to break down boxes and bottles before putting them in the bin, well it just seemed like a lot of hassle. However we’re rather lucky that where we live, the community strongly promotes anything we can do to improve the surroundings we live in . It was just a matter of educating some of us recycling newbies on the benefits of it for example, that…
– Recycling can reduce the need to destroy habitats for animals.
– Recycling paper saves trees
– We save on energy by using recycled materials
– Recycling produces considerably less carbon.
That said we’re now now the proud owners of 2 green recycle bins and recycling has become like a second nature to us.
TURNING OFF EVERYTHING AT THE WALL
Most Appliances still use power if left on standby. The Energy Savings Trust states that up to £80 a year is wasted in the average home due to appliances left on standby.
This is one of the changes to our everyday routine that we found a little easier than the others to make. We started off small with this one, by making sure that if we left the room we turned off the lights. Overtime we have built it up though and we now make sure we turn off the oven at the wall once we’ve cooked and that every time before we leave the house to go out or before we go to sleep each night that the TV is switched off at the wall. Its something that only takes a second to do, but can make a big difference.
WALKING INSTEAD OF DRIVING
whenever possible we try to walk rather than drive, whether its to do the school run each day or to the shops to pick up some bits. The little ones can sometimes get a bit tired when walking to school each day, so we let them ride there scooters instead its equally as efficient as walking and more fun for them too. Walking. cycling and scooting are not only a great ways of helping our environment by helping to reduce greenhouse gases but it also helps improve our health too.
This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever
Unilever’s #brightFuture initiative focuses on small changes that can make a big difference and how we can build a world where everyone lives well.