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How to be energy sustainable

How to be energy sustainable

With fossil fuel reserves expected to run out completely in 160 years and the growing threat of climate change, we need to embrace greener and more sustainable fuels sources now. Find out how. 

What can I do?

We can all do our bit by recycling and avoiding car use but if you really want to make a difference to your home and community take a look at these sustainable energy suggestions:

Get campaigning

If you don’t have a lot of time or money to transform your home into an eco haven, you can do your bit by lobbying and campaigning for environmental causes close to your heart.

People and Planet runs campaigns on a range of causes from fair trade to green energy and ending sweat shop labour. The website has downloadable leaflets and campaigning ideas to help you make the most impact. You can even start your own People and Planet group at university or college or sixth form.

Shrink your carbon footprint

A carbon footprint shows the impact our activities have on the environment. Use the carbon cutter calculator to see the size of your carbon footprint then you can find out ways to reduce this and save energy.

Shrinking your footprint could involve things as simple as switching off appliances at the wall and putting less water in the kettle when boiling water.

Home improvements

There are loads of things you can do to save energy in your home. Check out some suggestions by visiting the Energy Saving Trust.

Spread the word

You may be a converted tree hugger, embracing wind turbines and growing your own veg to avoid food air miles, but not everyone is as enthusiastic about change, even if it is for the better.

Through doing all of the above and talking about it, you can lead by example and inspire others to change their energy use. There are a lot of organisations willing to give workshops and talks to communities and institutions to help the cause.

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