10 tips for a better environment

The climate keeps changing. Average temperatures are rising and more extreme weather events are becoming more common. Residents of developing countries in particular will be most affected by climate change. In this article you can read what you can do at home against these climate changes.

The use of fossil fuels

One of the main causes for increasing climate change is the use of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. The gases released during combustion form a layer over the earth under which heat remains, like in a greenhouse. To combat global climate change, agreements have been made about the emissions of these greenhouse gases. The use of clean energy is therefore now highly promoted and stimulated, including energy from wind, sun, water and biomass.

Green power

Nowadays you can choose what type of electricity you choose, it is not that you now get different electricity, but the way it is generated is very different. Normal electricity is usually generated using coal-fired power stations or the combustion of fossil fuels. With green energy, electricity is extracted from sun, wind, water or biomass. In addition, far fewer greenhouse gases are released into the air, which is better for the environment. More than 2 million households have now opted for green energy. The prices for green energy are now also the same as those of gray (regular) electricity, making it very sensible to switch to green energy.

Use energy saving light bulbs

An energy-saving lamp is a lamp that is much more economical than an incandescent lamp. A 15-watt energy-saving bulb gives as much light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb. You also save money on your energy bill, which makes it beneficial to use energy-saving light bulbs. The purchase price of an energy saving lamp may be more expensive, but in the long term you will easily earn it back through reduced energy consumption. Energy-saving light bulbs also last much longer than incandescent light bulbs.

Remove devices from Standby mode

There are devices that can function without standby mode. But often standby is not necessary and energy is consumed unnecessarily. It often happens at the computer. It is thought that the computer wears out faster because it is regularly switched on and off, but this is not true. It is wiser to turn off the computer. If you leave the computer on all night, it uses the same amount of power as leaving a 40 Watt lamp on all night. Other electronic devices such as the television, CD player, microwave, etc. also consume energy if you do not turn them off.
You can easily save energy by turning off all appliances and you will quickly notice this on your energy bill.

Drive steadily and calmly

You can easily save money and fuel by driving economically. For example, if you drive ten thousand kilometers per year on the highway, with an average speed of 120 km per hour. That would cost approximately 750 liters of petrol. But if you maintain a lower speed (100 km per hour) you will only use 640 liters of petrol, which saves about 160 euros.

Buy a water-saving shower head

A water-saving shower head showers the same as a normal shower head, but this shower head uses a lot less water, which makes it look very responsible and you use less water, which you will certainly see on your water bill

Don’t run half loads anymore

You save water, energy and money if you wash with a full drum. Also wash at the lowest possible temperature, which saves energy costs and most detergents also work well at 40 degrees.

Purchasing food

An average household throws away approximately 100 to 160 kilos of food per year. This is not only a waste of money and the food itself, but also of the energy needed to grow, process, package, store and transport the products. The cause is often that people buy more food than necessary. It can sometimes be very difficult to estimate what you are going to eat this week and therefore have to buy, so here is a tip: mainly buy products that do not spoil quickly if you go shopping for several days. If you buy fruit, bread and other products with a short shelf life, try to buy them as close to the day of use as possible.

Turn the heating down a bit

With every degree you set the thermostat lower, you save an average of seven to 8 percent on your energy use for heating. If you are used to heating at 22 degrees or more, twenty degrees can still be very pleasant. And it will make a big difference on your energy bill.

The heating in the morning

Do not leave the heating on if you are away for a long time. You can set the room thermostat 4 to 6 degrees lower than the daytime temperature an hour before departure or before going to sleep. The house will then quickly reach the desired temperature again in the morning or when you return home.

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