This is probably the most over-asked question on the planet right now. Everyone loves to take to the streets of Twitter and pose as an environmentally friendly vegan hipster who’s outwardly passionate about saving the planet but who inwardly binges on KFC and leaves their shower running way longer than they should in the mornings. The reason why no one does anything is because let’s face it, every single one of these so called ‘environmentalists’ suggests that we abandon our houses and go live like animals in the woods, with no water or electricity or anything. Of course people are going to say no to a solution like that, it’s both ridiculous and scary.
There are of course some creative ways in which to save the planet and conserve energy. You could be a “Freegan”. These people tend to hunt for their food out of dumpsters and use public taps for their sanitation. They do this because they emit almost no energy and apparently do not participate in the consumerism that runs rampant and destroys the planet. That is of course until, they contract E-Coli and end up in a hospital, surrounded by energy-consuming lights and guzzling down all the medication their health insurance will give them.
Happily, you do not have to do any of this in order to be environmentally friendly.
Make wise choices
Living in your home carrying on as you normally do and saving the planet are not mutually exclusive. You can do both, all you need to do is make some small changes.
· Water. Limit the water that you consume by fixing any dripping taps you have, not letting your shower run for too long, and not throwing water away. If you cook with water, try and limit the amount of times a week you make things like pasta, as this uses a lot of unnecessary water.
· Electricity. There are so many things that you can do when it comes to saving electricity. One of the most obvious and basic ones is to leave the lights off if you do not need them. There is no need for you to have all of your lights on at the same time if you are in one room of your house. You can also make sure that you do not overuse your electric stove or geyser, and get a gas heater during winter.
Are you relieved yet that you do not have to go dumpster diving for food while living out of your log cabin in the woods? You probably are.