10 ways to become more sustainable

Taking the first steps

There’s no denying that becoming more sustainable is a hot topic right now, and rightly so. But where to start?

If we all take steps to reduce our impact on the environment, the world would be a much healthier place. So, here are 10 simple steps to help you go greener.

1. Shop at food refill shops

There are a growing number of food refill shops across the UK – you can find one near you by searching online. To cut down on waste packaging, take your own reusable containers to a refill shop and fill them with staples such as rice and pasta, fruit and veg. Some supermarkets are trialling refill schemes too.

2. Cut down your meat intake

Vegans and vegetarians have a lower carbon footprint than anyone else. But you don’t have to cut out meat, fish and dairy altogether to make a difference. For example, you could just reduce your meat and fish consumption from three to four times a week to once or twice and aim to have one or two dairy-free days too.

3. Think about cleaner sources of energy

Some energy suppliers, like us, now offer cleaner energy supply options. All our customers’ homes now have electricity backed by 100% renewable sources1 as standard and at no extra cost.

4. Join the slow fashion revolution

Change your fashion buying habits and move away from throwaway fashion. Instead of buying dozens of cheap outfits that you only wear a handful of times, invest a little more in fewer, higher quality items that are designed to last.

5. Take bars, not bottles, into the shower

A bar of soap cleans just as well as a bottle of shower gel and usually has little or no packaging. You can get shampoo and conditioner in soap-bar format too. Switch your soap dispensers to bars and you’ll reduce your plastic waste even further.

6. Abandon single-use food wrap

Cling film and foil are handy for wrapping sandwiches and covering leftover food, but they’re off to landfill after one use. Opt instead for reusable beeswax wraps and pop sandwiches into reusable containers made from bamboo or other eco-plastic alternatives.

7. Switch to a smart meter

smart meter tracks your energy usage and submits your meter readings to your energy supplier for you. It tells you how much energy you are using and how much CO2 you generate. Use this data to help save energy.

8. Cut down on short car journeys

Set yourself a limit; walk instead of driving to destinations that are less than a mile away from your home. The 20-minute walk will boost your fitness and reduce your carbon footprint. You can gradually increase your limit to two miles and if you need to go further quicker, you can think about cycling too.

9. Take the train instead of the plane

When planning your next holiday, see if it’s possible to arrive by train instead of by car or plane. When you compare the amount of CO2 emissions from a plane, car or train, using the EcoPassenger calculator, flying nearly always comes out worst; driving doesn’t fare well either. And, although a short ferry journey generally has less environmental impact than a flight, cruise ships are not a green option. Make rail your first choice.

10. Stop leaving devices on standby

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that UK homes could save £30 a year on electricity by stopping leaving appliances in standby mode. By switching devices such as computers, ovens and TVs off at the mains, you save money and energy.

 

To find out more about how you can save energy and therefore help lessen your impact on the planet, click here. You can even use our E.ON See tool to get personalised energy saving advice.

 

1. Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to your homes comes from the National Grid. Find out more at eonenergy.com/renewable.