Net Zero Week And How We Can Help
In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to climate change. By 2050 the UK has committed to reduce all green house gas emissions, with any remaining emissions being offset against paid schemes.
Net Zero means reducing our carbon emissions by as much as we possibly can, through energy efficiencies, and then paying to offset whatever we can't reduce. The path to Net Zero is an uphill battle, and we can't only rely on government schemes and policies to get us there. We need to be responsible and make our own changes at home, and at work, to have the greatest impact and reach our goal.
With that in mind, here are our top tips for you to help the UK reach Net Zero:
- Save cash daily on fuel and improve local air quality with an electric vehicle. Although electric vehicles are pricey, the benefits to our planet are massive. They create less greenhouse gases, use less fuel, and help to improve air quality.
- Choose the right supplier for your electricity and gas. No all suppliers are created equal, some electricity and gas suppliers go to great lengths to ensure the energy provided is renewable.
- Insulate your homes properly. This can save you a huge amount of money over a year, in older properties especially we lose large large amounts of heat energy through roofs and walls.
- Choosing the right appliances. Pay more attention to the energy efficiency of your electrical appliances and white goods, this will help reduce your electrical costs over the year.
- Add solar panels and heat pumps to your house. There is a considerable cost in setting these up but the savings that can be made over the year are sizable, it's definitely worth considering...especially with the rising costs of gas and electricity.
- Go meat and dairy free. Agricultural industries create a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions, we can all help reduce the cost to our planet by reducing the amount of meat and dairy we eat. Or by stopping completely.
- Avoid fast fashion.
- Think carefully about your consumer habits. Do you really need a new phone every 18-24 months?
Your tech has a much greater impact on our planet than you might think. Most of us are tied in to contracts that keep us in a constant cycle of upgrading every 1-2 years, this practice means we are constantly mining the earth's depleting resources and transporting them all over the globe. The real travesty? Most of the phones we're getting rid of are still working perfectly, there are over 55 million phones idling in homes around the UK. We need to break the cycle, and normalise upgrading to refurbished. The planet and your wallet will thank you. Check out the great deals you can get on Doji, and start making money by selling your old devices!