If you live in the UK and believe all those wind turbines, solar panels and recycling points are making Britain greener, think again – the government has just been handed a “red card” on environmental issues, having failed to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding.
Indeed, while you purchase your Fairtrade bananas, recycle your copies of The Guardian and kit out your home with hemp, the government are fracking, emitting and polluting right on your doorstep.
But, aside from protesting, the one thing you can do to make your pollution measures count is reduce the carbon emissions in your own home.
So try to stamp out the government’s fumes with these design tips.
Conserve with conservatories
While building a new section of your house might not sound like the ideal way to save the planet, conservatories, in the long run, are the perfect way to conserve energy and heat your home in those winter months.
Essentially keeping the cold at arm’s length, a well-built conservatory can act like an advanced form of insulation. When the frosty season hits, a conservatory could be out of bounds because of the temperature, but it can still help you beat that chill when the wind is beating down your door.
Get pally with panels
As reported by national newspaper The Guardian, solar panels now cost around $1 per kilowatt, making them a cheap alternative to fossil fuels – not to mention the green reputation your house will have when people spot the panels on your roof.
Admittedly, you can’t rely on solar panels alone, especially in our dreary UK climate, but they can give you some juice during those long, hot summers and stop your over-reliance on gas, coal and electricity.
In our planet of finite resources, it’s becoming more and more important to find new forms of power. So, by kitting your home out with a few dazzling solar panels, you’re not just saving yourself money – you’re saving the planet.
Patch up your garden
You know all that fruit and veg you stockpile from Asda or Tesco? And how half of it just rots at the bottom of your fridge, ending its days in the bin or as part of a questionable looking “graveyard soup”?
Well it’s a bit wasteful really, and all that mass planting (generally replete with nasty pesticides and unfair payment for farmers) is quite a test for the environment.
Take a leaf out of the sitcom The Good Life’s book by living off the food in your garden. Cultivate a decent vegetable patch and grow your favourites – it’ll take cash out of wasteful supermarkets’ hands and make your garden an eco-paradise.