Readers of this blog will know that I always advocate environmentally friendly measures and it is becoming increasingly clear that these measures are becoming the norm rather that the exception.
Measure 1 – I drive a Hybrid car – Not only does this car give me a good miles per gallon figure, it is comfortable, I pay only £15 per year road tax and I am exempt from congestion charges;
Measure 2 – By reducing my speed from 70 to 65 miles per hour, I have found that I now get between 55-60 miles per gallon. With fuel cost now becoming a significant expense this is a considerable saving.
Measure 3 – By reducing the thermostat by one to two degrees my heating bill will be reduced; it may not offset the huge rises in energy costs but it must go part way.
Measure 4 – I now turn off lights that are really not needed during the day; I open the blinds to let in natural daylight. The savings may not be great but contribute to then overall saving even with energy saving lighting.
Measure 5 – No equipment is left on standby; to do so would be wasting energy and money.
Measure 6 – If I feel cold; I put on a jumper rather than turning up the heat; I am often staggered to see people in summer clothes complaining about feeling chilly.
Measure 7 – I have changed Banks- not only because my previous Bank gave me such rotten service but my new Bank is within walking distance. No Car needed.
Measure 8 – We recycle as much as we can to reduce our impact on the environment.
Measure 9 – We buy in season food to reduce then air miles that our food travels; some of our food has travelled 10’s of miles rather than hundreds.
Measure 10 – We buy our goods and services locally, wherever we can to reduce our carbon footprint.
Am I a crank, or just gloating at saving money (and the Planet)? I suspect that 10 years ago I may have been considered a crank but nowadays I am perfectly normal, and richer.
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