Is green the right choice for me?

Advertorial post from Good Energy

It can be overwhelming to jump into the green scene all at once, especially if you don’t know exactly what it entails or if it will be worth the effort. Luckily, there are many easy and convenient ways to go green. And once you become convinced by the results — mainly the cost savings, your improved health, and free family time — you’ll be eager to think of even more green changes you can make to your lifestyle.

One positive outcome of the green movement is the increasing accessibility to renewable energy in the UK, even for households that can’t afford to install solar panels or some other kind of green energy producing system. One company that provides a solution for these kinds of families is Good Energy, which has set a goal to make the nation 100 per cent renewable by 2050. Companies like Good Energy make it possible to switch your household to cleaner electricity from non-detrimental sources with just a phone call.

If you do, in fact, decide to take the green living challenge by switching your electricity, there are dozens more changes you can make to further the aim of cleaning up the planet and your household in addition to switching to green energy. To start, you can save energy with simple installations like a programmable thermostat and compact fluorescent light bulbs in the place of incandescent lights. You could also keep an eye toward future energy-saving investments, such as a more power-efficient refrigerator, washing machine, or clothes dryer.

One of the largest drains on electricity for any household is all the gadgets that we plug in every day to keep us entertained. A recent study shows that plasma screen televisions are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to energy drains, so unplug your flat screen when you’re not watching it. (Turning it off simply puts it on standby power, which can still amount to up to 70 per cent of its normal power use when turned on.)

Going green can be good for the planet and good for your wallet, but it’s important to remember that it can be great for family life as well. This is because many of the green practices that you adapt require teamwork, which means that the entire family will spend more time together. And if you’re looking for recreational green activities that you can do with your kids and spouse, try a sunny day cycling trip or an afternoon at the local farmer’s market sampling fresh cheeses, fruits, and baked goods. You just may find some sustainably-produced food for a fun family dinner.

Ultimately, if you want a healthier lifestyle, less expensive household bills, and more quality time with your loved ones, going green is an excellent way to achieve all of these things. The increased quality of life is reason enough to switch, but you can also enjoy the satisfaction from knowing that you’re doing something great for the environment, as well. So if you’ve ever wondered if making the switch was the right decision for you, the answer is ‘Yes’!



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