Is this a subtle way of free advertising for a company?
These advices seem very well-intended but unfortunately have been so simplified and mixed with commercial intent, that what’s left is actually counter the environment.
- Buy a new bulb when the old runs out, and yeah go for an LED bulb. This will reduce your energy cost and, by extent, reduce the amount of energy generated. But please do not switch out working bulbs. The resources required to produce a bulb, their production, their transportation, the waste involved for the old one, far outweighs the benefit. You improve the environment by shifting where demand goes, not by eagerly consuming more than would otherwise be consumed. 1 LED bulb or 1 old bulb, is better than having both in working order. Switching prematurely increases the burden on our environment.
- Better insulation is a good long-term investment. It's likely, however, you may be unable to convince your property manager to do this and/or unable to afford it yourself.
- Fixing stuff that's broken is important. If you leave them, they get worse. That avoidable damage may cost you more to repair than getting a plumber now. But this has nil to do with the environment. And, getting a decent plumber is most definitely not cheaper than the few pence you pay for those drips. A plumber may cost you 30 to 100 pounds. By comparison, you pay about 120 pounds per 6 months for water. Does the drip really account for most of your water use?
- If packing your freezer makes a difference at all it's likely to be incredibly small, if at all measurable. This begs for research to proof your claim. Let us suppose there is some small difference, it would be outweighed by the fact that you're gonna buy extra items you don't yet need, which in turn have a much more direct impact on the environment from manufacturing, resources, transportation, and the energy provided throughout its journey to your kitchen (and for everyone else that's following this poster). Don't do this.
- A quick shower uses less water than a bath. A quick shower also uses less water than a long shower. Put in the stop-gap next time you shower and see how much it fills the bath. If you shower like me, the bath will be full by the time you're done. So.. no difference. If anything, the bath may consume less water because it won't keep flowing when you stay longer. Take-away: Do which ever you feel good doing. Don't change it for the environment, because it won't change as a result of your choice.
- A wood-burning stove.. Really? You must be a retailer of logs hahaha. Oh, wait, you are. Don't do this.
Yeah, not sold on the validity of any of these, or the clickbaity title, or the use of the forum as a free advertising site.
Agree with all of your points @Tom_Cerner.
On the last one, it’s sadly an old idea that wood burning stoves are the right way to go. Yes they smell nice and they do use a renewable resource, but even the cleanest burning ones release a significant quantity of particulates into the air that people’s lungs could do without.
I’d love one and I still might get one to use very occasionally, but not as a replacement for standard heating.
I assume mattjames is the same
MATTHEW JAMES CLARKE founder of Firewood fund.
but even the cleanest burning ones release a significant quantity of particulates into the air that people's lungs could do without.
Wood burners need to be banned. Awful things.
Very good points about dripping taps and baths. The amount that you spend employing a plumber to change a washer outweighs the trifle that you pay for unwanted drips. It is unprovable that showers are cheaper than baths. I never have a full bath-just shallow and only do that about twice a year whether I need it or not. Stay clean and you do not need to wash or bathe so much.