Helping the Environment

helping the environment

helping the environment

Drive Greener

If you are not looking to change your car just yet there are a number of ways you can be more environmentally friendly and help you save money by conserving fuel.

  • Lighten your car to reduce weight by not carrying unnecessary items.

  • Cut your speed and stick to the speed limits

  • Drive smoothly avoiding heavy accelerating and braking.

  • When stationary for a long time, switch off the engine.

  • Closing windows will make the car more efficient by being more aerodynamic.  Remove roof bars when not is use also helps.

  • Make sure your tyres are properly inflated as under inflated tyres cause more resistance.

  • Where possible, walk, cycle or even use public transport. 

  • If possible lift share to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Carbon Footprint

To begin to control climate change, our lifestyle decisions must also begin to include the effect and cost of pollution. If people begin to take responsibility for managing their own carbon footprint, we can continue with our needed activities while mitigating the impact on global warming.

Of course, offsetting your carbon footprint is just one element of reducing climate damage. Here are some practical first steps that you can take to reduce your carbon impact wherever possible:

Cut down on fossil fuel usage

  • Switch to energy efficient appliances and “green” electricity providers at home and at work. Turn off appliances at the wall instead of using standby.

  • Walk or cycle instead of driving.

  • Keep the car parked: use phone and video conferencing to avoid the trip.

  • If you need to go somewhere, walk, take the train and bus, or cycle instead of driving.

  • If you have to drive, carpool or drive a fuel efficient car. If you can, use renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel.

  • Cut back on the number of flights. Make conference calls to avoid the trip, or try taking the train when you can.

  • Keep a shopping and errands list in the kitchen, so that you can take care of groups of activities when you are out and save on transport emissions for multiple trips.

Support low-carbon & carbon-cleared products

  • Organically grown food is usually less carbon-intensive than traditional products.

  • Try to use taxis or personal vehicles that have offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Buy from companies that have reduced and cleared their emissions.

  • Recycle more bottles, cans, paper and plastic. It usually takes less energy and CO2to produce recycled goods than it does to manufacture them from raw materials. If your area doesn’t have a kerbside recycling scheme, send an email to your local representative to ask for one.

  • Get creative with gift-giving. The gift of time, services, or environmentally positive gifts may be more appreciated than disposable goods that are not to the taste or needs of the recipient.

Look into those lifestyle changes you’ve been putting off

  • Work from home more. Many organisations, when prodded a little, will accept flexible work arrangements where there is no impact to the work that needs to get done.

  • Set up a carpool for work or for taking the kids to school.

  • Make a resolution to reduce your carbon emissions by 10% over the next 3 months.