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How you can go green

If you’ve got a family, it’s only natural to want to be able to provide the best for them. It shouldn’t mean you’re just focusing on the present, as being able to provide for them in the future is equally important. Being eco-wise means, you’re doing all you can to ensure there is a planet and resources for future generations, not just your children and grandchildren. It just so happens that adopting more environmentally habits can also be a more budget-friendly option. If you involve your kids in what you’re doing, by the time they’re adults it’ll be second nature, making it much easier for them to pass on their eco-friendly habits to their kids. Here are some changes you can make for the better.

Be More Aware

Before you can make any changes, you need to be more aware of the way you lead your life and the resources you use. How do you heat your home, for example? Look closely at how you use water and how the products you buy were made. Being more aware of the resources you use allows you to look at ways of making changes.

Plant More Trees

Not only do trees give us fruit, but they also provide us with oxygen, clean the air, prevent the erosion of soil and provide shelter for animals and birds. Take a look in your garden and see whether you’ve got any room for some trees. If there’s room plant some and provide yourself with some shade to keep your home cool and help you reduce energy usage.

Conserve Water

A lot of energy is required to get your water supply to your home, and we’re also using far too much of it. There are various ways you can conserve water, but the best place to start is to repair any leaks. Taking shorter showers, and turning the tap off when you brush your teeth, recycling wastewater and collecting rainwater are just a few more examples.

Use Alternative Energy Sources

Have you thought about using alternative energy sources? There’s wind power, solar power, and a range of other more eco-friendly ways you can power your home. If you like the idea of solar panels, visit www.goingsolar.com to find out about home solar systems.

Grown Your Own or Buy Local

If you are aiming to reduce your carbon footprint, a good way to do it is to buy local produce. If you choose to buy products that were grown in your neighbourhood rather than shipped from far away, you’ll be supporting local producers, farms, and dairies. If you want to be even more eco-friendly, then grow some of your favourite fruit and veg in your own backyard.

Reduce, Reuse and Then Recycle

We’re all encouraged to recycle whenever we can, but before that, we should be thinking about reducing and reusing. You’ll make a far bigger impact if you’re able to reduce your consumption and reuse what you’ve got for other things.

These are just a few of the ways you can make a difference and secure the future of our planet for future generations.



Kate Davis-Holmes
Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.
http://kateonthinice.com

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