Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Actions You Can Take to Prevent Threat to Our Natural World; in Association with Environment Agency NATURAL ENGLAND

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Actions You Can Take to Prevent Threat to Our Natural World; in Association with Environment Agency NATURAL ENGLAND

Article excerpt

CLIMATE change is a massive threat to the natural world we value so much.

Already sea levels are rising, habitats are changing and the delicate balance of nature is being disrupted. Adopting a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle will have benefits for the living world. Saving energy, recycling and reducing your consumption and the amount that you waste will all have an impact. We can all help slow down the effects of climate change - there's still time. By making some of the following lifestyle choices, you can do your bit to help our struggling environment adapt to the challenges of the future and save money at the same time.

In the Home

Save Energy

Cutting down the energy your home wastes will cut bills and help tackle climate change at the same time.

Home energy use is responsible for over a quarter of all emissions of CO2.

Use a microwave rather than a cooker hob

When purchasing a new appliance, check the ratings and choose an energyefficient one

Turn down your central heating thermostat by one or two degrees; this will reduce your bill by around 10%. Turn off radiators in rooms that are not being used

Always switch off your appliances, do not leave them on stand-by. They are still using energy when plugged in and switched on

Switch to a renewable energy supplier. Details can be found on the internet

Put an insulating jacket on your hot water tank; you could save around pounds 30 a year.

Insulate your loft - recommended thickness is 270mm. This will save both wasted money and energy

Insulate your wall cavities - this could save you around pounds 120 per year on your energy bills

Prevent draughts by installing draught excluders on your exterior doors

Use energy-saving light bulbs. They produce less CO2 and can save up to pounds 60 in electricity over its life time.

Save water

Using energy means that CO2 is released into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Small changes can make a huge difference to your carbon footprint without making a huge difference to your lifestyle.

Many of these top tips can even save you money:

Remember to turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth, shaving or washing up.

This can save up to six litres of water per minute

Wait until you have a full load before turning on a washing machine or dishwasher.

Two half loads use more water than one full load

When making a cuppa, only fill the kettle with the required amount of water. This will save energy as well as water

Wash your fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water rather than under a running tap. You can then use the water to water plants

Wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hosepipe

Take a shower rather than a bath. You will use about two-thirds less water than you would in a bath. …

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