Be Kind to our Planet on World Friendship day

What better way to celebrate World Friendship Day than looking at ways we can be kind to our wonderful planet.There are endless ways we can help our planet stay healthy as part of our daily routines – if we all do one or two things every day we could not only help our planet but also save ourselves some money in the process.sparkfriends

At home

As our appliances get older we should be replacing them with energy efficient versions, I know that these are more expensive up front but the savings on your utility bills will quickly make up for any initial costs, filling two needs with one deed!

To give you some perspective, our fridge freezers account for approximately 7% of our annual household energy bills. If your fridge is over 20 years old this could equate to as much as £160 per year, replacing an old fridge freezer with an A++ rated appliance would bring that cost down to £25 – saving you around £138 per year and paying itself off after just 4.5 years!

Another easy save, for both our planet and our wallets, is in our lightbulbs – buying compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) means you’ll use 50-80% less energy than an incandescent bulb, they cost a little more but use less energy and last 10 times as long.

Using an 18 watt CFL in place of a 75 watt incandescent could save approximately 570kWh during its lifetime, so if we say its 6p per kWh that equates to about a £35 saving… for each bulb!

CFL bulbs also help us help our world by stopping about half ton on CO2 entering the atmosphere during the light of the bulb, Earth Easy state that if everyone in the US switched to energy efficient lighting they could retire 90 average sized power plants – let’s do our bit here in Britain and beat them to the punch.

Out and about

Did you know that driving at 50mph instead of 70mph could save you up to 25% of your fuel? Personally I struggle to get up to 70mph during rush hour where I live so this works for me already but if you live in an area where busy traffic is rare, why not leave a little earlier and drive a little slower :-)

Plastic is one of my pet hates and a simple way to use less comes down to our water – we’re fortunate in many areas of this country that we can drink the tap water, let’s take advantage of this or simply filter your tap water and avoid buying plastic bottles.

Another way to improve our daily habits is to take your own bottle of water to work and stop using the plastic cups provided by a water cooler – we throw away millions of these every year and plastic takes 450-1000 years to decompose. We should be doing our part to reduce this, the small things really do matter.

Buy local! Food is travelling further than ever before and food miles really do matter – think of all the planes, trucks and cargo ships giving off CO2 emissions just to deliver our scrumptious treats! My tip would be to buy organic (where possible) that’s in season and grown locally.

There are loads of other ways we can all do our part and be a friend to the world we call home. Why not do some research one evening and see how you can make a difference!

For more energy saving tips around your home check out our website.

Thanks,

Spark x

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