Is Sustainability the Way Forward?

It’s at the forefront of conversations around the globe and there’s no question as to why: as the climate crisis worsens, and with a worldwide focus on the recent COP26 summit, more and more of us are becoming more conscious of the impact we have on the environment, both as a nation and as individuals.

In this article, we explore exactly what sustainability is and how it could be the way forwards to saving the planet once and for all.

What is Sustainability?

Simply put, the word sustainable means to be able to sustain something, or for something to be maintained over a long period of time. That’s why, when we talk about making the planet more sustainable, we refer to things such as renewable energy sources. These are what are known as endless sources of energy that can’t run out and don’t harm the planet in their use. The UK is transitioning increasingly to more sustainable sources of energy, with 2020 the country’s most promising year on record for green electricity. Some of the most popular renewable energy sources are solar energy, wind energy, hydro energy, tidal energy and geothermal energy.

What changes could each household make to become more sustainable?

There are lots of changes that we can make within our homes to help fight the battle against climate change. Here are a few to consider:

Invest in a smart meter – a smart meter shows you exactly how much energy you’re using within your home, as well as where cuts can be made. Wasting energy at home damages both the planet and your wallet, so saving money on this is a no-brainer.

Install a combi boiler – this is one of the most energy-efficient heating systems available and can save you an average of £300 a year in heating bills!

Recycle – you might be surprised to discover some items that are recyclable these days, and it’s a great and easy way to do your bit for the environment. Be sure to check labels on packaging before throwing it away to see which of its parts can be recycled.

What advantages could it have for the average person to be sustainable?

There are countless advantages to leading a more sustainable lifestyle. Not only is it morally rewarding to know that you are actively doing your bit to help out but there can also be financial gains from living more sustainably. You can save money on utility bills by implementing more energy-efficient ways of living – such as not using your dryer as much or installing double-glazing to reduce your heating bills. You could also choose to sell old, unwanted items around the house. Not only would this prevent them from ending up in landfill but you can earn extra cash on the side too. According to a recent report from a UK finance provider, certain rare Pokémon cards are being sold for up to a whopping £10,000 each, while first-edition Harry Potter books could sell for as much as £6,800! Have a look around your home to see what old items you could sell.

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Scott Baber
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