It can often feel that if we want to do something good it will cost us a lot of extra money. Many of us would like to do more for the planet but it can seem that what we want to do will cost us more money. We would probably need to get a short term payday loan if we wanted to put up solar panels or buy an electric car. However, there are things that we may be able to do which would help the planet but not cost us more money.
Travelling is one thing that a lot of those wanting to help the planet focus on. Whether it is reducing the air pollution by cutting own cars on the road or emissions from aircraft and things like that, transport is always a big issue for those wanting to be greener. It can feel difficult to cut down if you have to drive to work and cannot afford to change your car. However, there may be things that you can do. Firstly, it might be possible for you to car share with someone. This means that you could find someone who lives near to you and take turns in driving to work. This will work well if you always work the same times in the day and you live close by. Another option could be to try to combine journeys, so if you drive to the supermarket, go on your way home from work rather than going home first and this could potentially mean that you drive less. Also, if you are making local journeys, consider whether you can go on foot instead of driving or perhaps cycle if you have a bike.
Holiday travel is also a big contributor, especially if you go on holiday a lot and fly or go on a cruise. It could be worth considering holidays which are closer to home, so that you can travel less. This could mean holidaying within the UK or just staying in Europe rather going further. You may also consider changing your mode of transport, perhaps taking a train instead of flying, for example. It can be tricky as it may take longer to travel or be more expensive if you change the transport that you use.
Using less of everything will mean that you take up less resources and this will be better for the planet. This means that you can cut down in lots of places and save money. For example, by reducing how much heating you use, will save money and the environment as with anything. Using less items will mean that you are using less energy as you will not be using up and having to replace things so often. There could be small changes that you could make which add up to making a difference, such as turning off the TV when not in use, using both sides of paper before recycling it and using things up before replacing them.
If you do not buy so many things, then manufacturers do not need to make so much and so less resources are used. You will also spend less money which will help your bank balance. We many not be able to cut back on essentials very much, but most of us also buy luxury items and these are the things that we are likely to be able to cut back on. This is because these are not essential. IT can be hard cutting back on the things that we like, but we do not necessarily have to cut back everywhere. It might just be that we can cut back in a few areas and make enough of a difference. For example, cutting back on delivered food, will save money and transportation and you could just buy a supermarket pizza instead. This will be cheaper, almost as convenient and possibly healthier as well. There could be quite a few changes that you could make to help in this area.
Food can be a tricky issue with regards to the environment. There are some people that claim being vegan is the answer but others that say that good animal husbandry can actually help the environment. Therefore, knowing whether radically changing your diet will help is tricky. However, eating less food will make a difference and buying more local produce can often be better. If you buy local food then it has not been transported so far. However, if you buy food that has been grown locally in a heated greenhouse this will not always be better than something that has been grown outside in the sunshine abroad. However, avoiding foods grown in areas that were previously rainforests that were cut down for agriculture could be worthwhile. Also just reducing the amount you eat, particularly if you tend to be overweight, will help use less resources, cost less and be healthier for you.