Living a more sustainable lifestyle has numerous advantages and benefits. And not only for the environment and planet earth, but for your personal well being and happiness too.
While it may be difficult to ditch old, unhealthy habits, the changes can help you to improve your life significantly. Even the smallest changes can make a great difference in the long run.
Become healthier and happier
One the first steps you can take to a more sustainable lifestyle is changing the transport you use to commute to work. For example, instead of opting for the comfort of your car, why not cycle or, when possible, walk? Sure, it might take a little longer but you’ll be healthier and contribute less pollution.
The positive effects of exercise are not to be underestimated in the often manic pace of modern life. Regular cycling can help you stay in shape and even reduce your stress levels. And just adding a mere 30 minute walk to your daily life can help you burn up to 150 more calories.
Alternatively if you have to travel further it may be wise to consider buying an electric bike. E-bikes such as the Eco Expedition Electric Bikes use pedal assistance that will help you to traverse even longer distance with ease. Plus the minimal impact of the rechargeable battery on the environment means it is a much more sustainable method of transport than driving.
Save more money by wasting fewer resources
Speaking of wasting less of the world’s precious resources, in addition to the health benefits of switching to “green” energy, changing to a more environmentally-friendly transport method could leave you with extra cash in your pocket at end of the month.
With the cost of travel cards on trains, tubes and even buses increasing year on year, one bulk payment, such as a bike, could save a lot of money in the long run.
Other simple money-saving sustainable actions include reducing your energy consumption and disposing of unwanted possessions in a responsible fashion.
You can try switching off the heating (apart from when you really need it) or keeping it running at a constant lower temperature and simply wearing more clothes. Washing your clothes on 30 degrees instead of 60 is also a small change that over time will result in less energy consumption and therefore, smaller bills.
As the London-based house clearance experts Clearance Solutions have mentioned in a recent blog post on saving money on a house clearance, it’s possible to make money from seemingly worthless unwanted items. Rather than contributing to landfill, your clutter could be reused by somebody who’s willing to pay for it on sites like eBay.
Keeping as much out of the waste stream as possible is an important aspect of the sustainable lifestyle.
Increase your real world knowledge and practical skills
You can also save money while helping the environment by increasing your own knowledge and practical skills. For example, you could investigate how solar panels work and cut down your electricity and gas bills.
Solar panels are a great investment. You don’t even need to worry about the UK’s cloudy weather. It doesn’t have to be the Bahamas for you to benefit from sunlight: solar panels still produce impressive amounts of power on grey and sunless days.
Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle requires a bit of research and constant self-education. If you are already adding solar energy to your home, what about composting in your garden? Or growing your own vegetables?
You can easily educate yourself on eating seasonally to benefit from local produce which is often cheaper too.
Gain a renewed sense of purpose
Contributing to a healthier and better planet for future generations is an amazing purpose. It is a wonderful feeling knowing your lifestyle is contributing to something meaningful that will have a positive impact on the world.
Have a better quality of life
Overall, living more sustainably means improving your quality of life significantly. It will give you a greater appreciation for what you have and put everything into perspective.
Saving money frees it up for holidays or giving back to your local community and helping others. Exercise will make you healthier, release endorphins to make you happier. It all ties together as you start to feel the benefits of switching to a more sustainable lifestyle.
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