Achieving a more sustainable 2019

Posted 14/02/2019 by E.ON

Recently, the start of the new year has seen the Veganuary trend take off, encouraging people to help fight climate change by eating less meat and dairy - the production of which is a huge contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.

But looking beyond the first month of the year, there are a number of simple steps you can take that will make a real difference and help you achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

In the home
At home there are a number of changes both large and small that you can make that will not only help the environment but also help you save money.

Look into installing a smart thermostat so you can control your home heating wherever you are, meaning that the heating need never to be on again when plans change or when you'll be late home.

Consider having solar panels installed on your roof or have your roof tiles replaced with in-roof solar panels. Modern battery systems allow you to store the energy generated from the day that you haven't used, to power your home at night or mean when you need it.

•Think about investing in smart power strips as they cut your energy use by shutting down the power supply to electronic devices in your home that are on standby mode, such as TVs, laptops, tablets, phones and games consoles.

 

Out and about
When you're going out for dinner or drinks with friends, shopping, keeping fit and doing all the things you do, make these easy switches to help cut your carbon footprint.

• If you need your caffeine hit every morning on the commute then swap the disposable cardboard cup for a refillable one. Analysis shows that a refillable cup starts being better for the environment than a disposable in just 20 uses.

• Stay hydrated by using a filter water bottle rather than buying water in single-use plastic bottles. Choose from 14 great options here.

• Say no to plastic straws. Not only are they having a hugely detrimental impact on the natural world but Britain is already planning to ban the sale of plastic straws to further help eliminate waste.

 

Getting around
Transport has a major impact on global climate change and on the air quality in local environments, so consider making one of these changes this year.

• Trade in the petrol version and get an electric car instead as there are new charging points being installed all over the country and they are still better for the environment.

• Walk whenever possible. This may seem obvious, but so many people use the car for short trips that could easily be walked. Plus, research shows short urban trips have the most negative impact on the environment and health.

So start switching to one or more of these ideas, as these simple changes could make a real difference in creating a more sustainable 2019 for not only you but for the rest of the UK.

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