Save the Planet - Make Greener Choices

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Global warming has seen weather patterns change across the globe - here in the UK we are experiencing harsher winters and wetter summers, although there's no sign of the warmer weather predicted as yet! We need to take action to save the planet and protect it from the harsh effects of pollution, and there are a number of steps you can take to make greener choices in your daily life.
Here are five ideas to get you started: Install Solar Panels Installing solar panels in your home could cost less than you might think, and you may be eligible for government backed funding.
Whilst you might spend a considerable sum of money paying for your solar panel installation, the system pays for itself over the years, saving you money on your fuel bills and conserving energy.
Recycle Everything Gone are the days when recycling was limited to glass bottles, jar, cardboard and paper.
Today, more companies than ever before are using recycled packaging, from Tetra-Paks to plastic bottles.
Always check the side of the packaging to see if it's marked as recyclable, and do your bit for the environment.
Conserve Energy There are a number of ways to conserve energy in your home, keeping your fuel bills down and protecting the environment.
You could take major steps to fit new double glazed UPVC windows or a new front door to provide superior insulation or install a more energy efficient boiler.
Or you could take smaller steps such as closing the curtains when it starts to get dark to keep heat in the room, turning off lights when you're not using them and never leaving the TV on standby.
If we all remember to take these small steps, we can make a big difference.
Take a Greener Route to Work Try walking or cycling to work, or take the train or bus rather than driving alone in your car.
If you do have to drive, why not consider a car-share to cut emissions?During the summer, walking or cycling is a great way to soak up the sun and work on your tan during your morning commute and can help you arrive at work feeling energised rather than stressed out from busy traffic! Choose Local Produce It's not the first thing that comes to mind when you consider saving the planet, but by making greener choices when it comes to the food you eat, you're actually working to reduce your carbon footprint.
By purchasing locally grown, seasonal produce, you're reducing the demand for food to be flown into supermarkets from across the globe.
Most fruits and vegetables are only available during specific seasons, and we ship them from other countries when they're out of season.
These regular flights are only contributing to global warming and are harming our planet.
Conclusion We can all make little changes and greener choices in our daily lives which will help protect the future of our planet from further climate change.
Whether you decide to make major improvements to the energy efficiency of your home or take smaller steps by recycling and conserving energy, every little helps!
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