We hear so much in the media from journalists, experts and from politicians on the subject of the environment and climate change. It’s definitely a “hot” topic but it’s also one that courts a high degree of publicity because it’s not without its detractors and non-believers.
Talk of environmental factors and the likes of the climate change Paris agreement of 2015 called COP21 might appear as disconnected to the ordinary person on the street but these are issues that impact us all in the long term so it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in this regard.
In relation to being more energy efficient as individuals and as homeowners, there are other benefits separate to environmentally related ones which will directly impact on your own household. For example, it’s possible to save 20-30% on energy bills when you implement even the likes of some basic changes to your household’s operations. While it might mean a degree of investment initially in implementation of certain items, the long term benefits monetarily will make these changes worth it. There are some small scale things you can do almost immediately which will also help reduce energy outputs in the long term. Changing the home’s light bulbs to more energy efficient versions is a quick win. These types of lightbulbs come in many formats, sizes and hues and are widely available in local hardware stores and even most supermarkets so it’s quite quick and easy to implement throughout the home.
A commitment by us all to change of our behaviours will not only reduce our collective energy bills in the long term but it will also deliver a better quality of life for all. We recently witnessed the ferocity of the emissions and fog which enveloped New Delhi in India which is only now starting to recede. Of course, New Delhi has a distinctly dense population and a hugely active industrial element and the fog is a direct result of related emissions. The government in India is now taking steps to reduce activities in the area in order to ensure this situation does not reoccur. However these types of emissions have a direct negative impact on all residents and simply are not sustainable for the health of its people.
Reducing energy efficiencies in the long term also saves the government money which they can then reallocate to spending in other deserving areas like health, education and trade. At present, governments around the world have to invest vast amounts of capital annually to fight against climate change and also to deliver for people’s energy consumption requirements.
It is important that adults teach children the importance of respecting the environment as it can so easily pass them by and they end up taking it for granted. However, if we as adults take the time to explain to children how our actions and behaviours as individuals can directly affect the environment around us, we are then creating a scenario whereby those children will grow into adults understanding the importance of the environment.
This infographic from the guys at Senator Windows is a useful guide on how to improve your energy efficiency efforts. It indicates a number of ways in which it is possible to reduce home energy costs while simultaneously being more aware of the world’s environment and our contribution however indirect or direct to overall climate change. Taking on board these examples and implementing them throughout our lives, whether it is at home or at work will only have a positive impact on the world. This more aware and responsible behaviour in relation to the environment might also have a knock-on impact on the behaviour of others thus willing them to change too. Check out the full infographic for all the details.