One of the biggest problems when it comes to impacting environmental change is trying to convince people to change their lifestyle. Nobody wants to change the way that they are living and would much rather that government and researchers simply develop a type of sustainable energy that allows them to carry on how they please. But every form of alternative or traditional energy production faces a lot of opposition. Nuclear power, despite being one of the most realistic and environmentally friendly sources of major power suffers greatly from a publicity problem. And clean alternative methods such as wind-farms or fields of solar panels are very unpopular because of the sheer amount of land surface that they would need to occupy in order to produce enough energy to power the economy.
So without the development of some deus ex machina that can be simultaneously entirely clean energy as well as very unobtrusive, we will have to accept the small changes to our lifestyle that could have a big effect on the amount of energy that we need to produce – hopefully allowing us to pursue more sustainable options for energy production.
When it comes to changing your lifestyle for the benefit of the environment, one of the simplest changes can just be to use energy as needed. This method doesn’t involve any serious change such as giving up your car or moving house, but can be a great way to cut your energy bills significantly. For example, if you plan to use hot water you could just switch it on twenty minutes before you wish to use it, alternatively you could set it to a timer and keep a routine that ensures that you will always have hot water when you need it, but won’t be wasting it when you don’t.
Even just keeping an eye on your gas and electricity meter can help you to find out what you can do to reduce your energy bills. Paying attention to your meter and doing some experimenting into what can save you money and energy. Insulation and economic building materials are a simple way to drastically reduce your carbon footprint without having to make any changes to your day to day life. Timber buildings and other alternatives to ordinary housing can be a great way to live in a more environmentally friendly household if you are thinking about moving into a lower carbon house.
The type of change that is likely to stick for the long-term are basic changes that don’t require any kind of serious modification to your daily routine. After a very short amount of time, these small changes in behaviour will quickly become habit as you accept them as everyday routine.