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I’ve been mean­ing to start writ­ing some “polit­ic­al” art­icles for a while, and thought I’d start by shar­ing some ideas for little changes you can make that are good for your envir­on­ment and often good for your health and your wal­let too. Where I live in Eng­land we only have 2 real choices for gov­ern­ment: a party that believes in indi­vidu­al liberty and cap­it­al­ism in an almost totally unres­tric­ted sense, which leads inev­it­ably to sig­ni­fic­ant wealth dis­par­ity; and a party that believes to vary­ing degrees in some policies to redis­trib­ute wealth and a fairer soci­ety but also seems to find itself want­ing to over-reach and inter­fere in areas of peoples lives that gov­ern­ment need not and should not meddle in. Some­times it is genu­inely dif­fi­cult to find a bal­ance, 但很多时候双方都错过易胜. My sug­ges­tions are for those kinds of “easy wins” and whilst not all of them are suit­able for every­one, I hope every­one can find some­thing use­ful

在家庭能源效率

If you can use less energy you help the envir­on­ment and save money. Often these tips require an ini­tial invest­ment, but they do pay for them­selves quickly

切换到抵消天然气和可再生能源发电

You can change your energy sup­pli­er to one that is “green” by gen­er­at­ing elec­tri­city with renew­ables and provid­ing car­bon-off­set gas. There are sev­er­al green sup­pli­ers and they are often cheap­er than the big 6. It is not unusu­al for them to be amongst the cheapest energy sup­plies and switch­ing is easy. I recom­mend using Money Sav­ing Expert’s Cheap Energy Club.

隔离旧窗户

印章草案

获取LED灯泡

除湿受潮而不是转动达到的最高温度

启用消费电子设备自动休眠

Declag您的集中供热

拉上窗帘时,它的冷

使用上盘盖

隔离在你的浴室

安装聪明加热控制和的TRV

安装广告拦截器,以减少换乘处理广告浪费能源

清洁你的烤箱

固定 / 更换 / 在浴室和厨房适合排气扇

把任何额外的电冰箱 / 冰柜冷的地方 (地窖, 棚子, 车库?)

节省燃油

If you can use less pet­rol and dies­el you can reduce car­bon emis­sions, 存钱, and reduce oth­er envir­on­ment­al pol­lu­tion too

保持轮胎充气良好

找工作离家近或在家工作

删除不必要的垃圾 (重量) 从你的车

把优质燃料汽车一次或两次一年

Buy “from concentrate” drinks

库克本地季节的食物

节约用水

Col­lect­ing, treat­ing and pump­ing water all takes energy. 如果你可以用更少的它,你会节省能源, and (assum­ing you have a water meter) 你可以节省钱呢.

使用洗碗机

获取waterbutts

安装节水水龙头和淋浴

隔离冷热水管

嫣在淋浴

使用powerhose清理你的车

把它们放在洗碗机之前,不要涮菜

减少塑料的使用

Unless you’ve been liv­ing in a cave you’ve heard about the plastic pol­lu­tion in our oceans thanks to the work of the Blue Plan­et 2 球队. 你可以做你的位.

使用一个送奶工

用苏打流

从使用纸板没有塑料包装的地方订购

买水果和蔬菜松动

使用松散的茶叶或非塑料茶叶袋,而不是常规 (塑料基) 茶包

使用可重复使用的尿布/湿巾

买食品在玻璃和金属容器而不是塑料

线上租借电影或流购买boxsets代替

切换到可重复使用的吸管和咖啡杯

使用可降解的洗碗布

Instead of a plastic-based dish scour­er which gets thrown away after a few weeks, use cot­ton cloths for wip­ing sur­faces, and use coconut husk based scour­ers for wash­ing stub­born pots. Both are bio­de­grad­able and the cot­ton cloth can be washed in a wash­ing machine and reused.

减少其他废物和化学品的使用

Plastics and Car­bon aren’t the only things that pois­on the envir­on­ment, there are oth­er chem­ic­als to avoid too — and the bene­fits often include your own health.

使用可充电电池

避免棕榈油

开关洗发水和肥皂,以不含有矿物油的人

给旧衣服/玩具/书籍/ DVD光盘等,以慈善事业,而不是斌

回收废旧衣服

挂断抹布

使用友好的卫生纸和厨房卷纸. 或者使用一个浴盆

使用可降解的宠物厕所

瞄准更持久的衣服

帮助当地的野生动物

Men­tal health gets a lot more focus today than in the past, 但我们现在还没有. A healthy loc­al envir­on­ment is good for your phys­ic­al and men­tal health, and of course is good for the envir­on­ment too

堆肥在家

加入一个垃圾分拣组

把废食物放在一只鸟表

挖一个池塘

竖起盒鸟/蝙蝠/刺猬

产生可食用的水果植物的东西

使用在花园生物害虫防治

购买当地的蜂蜜

其他提示 (这不符合任何其他地方)

少吃牛肉, 互换鸡

寻找古董/二手家具店

使用泥炭堆肥免费

Finally — some lazy “false tips” to beware of

步行, 不开车

Whilst this is reas­on­able for short dis­tances, most of us don’t live with­ing work­ing dis­tance of work. 我主要是开车上班, 和去商店. Whilst there is a mini super­mar­ket nearby it is much more expens­ive than the lar­ger stores, 即使是大, I wouldn’t be able to carry a months worth of shop­ping home by hand. We need to be able to stop harm­ing the envir­on­ment without telling people they have to lower their qual­ity of life

少吃肉类和乳制品

动物产品和植物产品之间的比较通常是由人的议程夸张. 虽然像对等的蔬菜产品比动物产品更低碳, 有很多更给它. 在英国出售的大部分肉在全球范围内相对本地, whilst many veg products come with a large dose of “air miles”. 肉类爱好者更好的建议是要少吃红肉,并有更多白肉代替. 这种互换也为更好的卫生.

不要每天沐浴 (和其他OTT节水窍门)

This is ter­rible advice, giv­en by people who have for­got­ten just how much mod­ern hygiene has con­trib­uted to bet­ter health. It is good to con­serve water where pos­sible, 但今天地球上没有水少比有 4 bil­lion years ago. We’re not “run­ning out of” water. Sup­ply­ing clean water does take a lot of energy, which is the main envir­on­ment­al jus­ti­fic­a­tion for try­ing to use it sens­ibly. 我们不告诉人们热家园 12 度在冬季节约能源, because we recog­nise doing so would be det­ri­ment­al to health. We ought to apply the same reasoned approach to water con­ser­va­tion.

干衣服上的晾衣架

A dry­ing rack will evap­or­ate the water into your home. 这将导致受潮, which has the poten­tial to encour­age fungal spores which cause health issues. It could also even­tu­ally cause dam­age to your home which will require energy and mater­i­als to repair. The feel­ing of damp also tends to make us feel cold with the nat­ur­al response being to turn the ther­mo­stat up a notch. You could open a win­dow, but then you’re just pump­ing your heated air in the house out of the win­dow! When the weath­er is suit­able then the use of an out­door dry­ing rack is good advice, but in winter the use of a mod­ern con­dens­ing tumble-dry­er is a bet­ter choice than a clothes horse inside.

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