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Is Your Vehicle A Good Fit For Your Needs?

Is Your Vehicle A Good Fit For Your Needs?

You don’t need anyone to tell you how important your choice of vehicle can be to your lifestyle. For most people, it’s an essential tool for getting around safely, and for some, it’s even a primary tool in their career or business. Are you concerned that your vehicle isn’t suitable for you and thinking about replacing it? Then how do you know whether it’s a good fit for your needs?

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Is it affordable?

First of all, you need to consider the costs of the vehicle. This goes beyond the sticker price, but rather should incorporate how much you’re likely to pay for it each month and how easily you can fit that into your budget. However, you also need to account for fuel costs, the likely costs of repairs, as well as how the car will affect your insurance rates to figure out the true running costs of the car.

Is it safe?

Safety should be a primary concern for any driver. How your car protects you comes in a few distinct forms. First of all, there’s the reality of how it protects you from collisions. Vehicles come with safety ratings based on how well they handle impacts from all sides so be sure to take this into account. Then there are safety additions that you can purchase for the car to help, such as sensors to offer warnings when about to impact surrounding objects or environmental features. Even if a car lacks some of these safety features as standard, if you’re willing to pay a little more, you can enjoy the peace of mind you need.

Is it suitable for your environment?

Think about where you like (and thus where you’re likely to drive the vehicle) and how well it suits your needs. If you’re in a city, then compact cars can help you maneuver more easily and even make it easier to park. Those living in more rural areas with more rugged terrain are instead more likely to benefit from choices like an off road truck. This is a simplification of how your environment shapes the best car for you, but a lot of drivers find it to be true.

Is it practical?

Aside from how well it fits your environment, you need to consider how well it fits your needs. The experience of driving it and liking how it handles is important, yes, but is it more important than making sure it has enough easy-to-access seating for you and your family? Or that it has cargo space to make sure that you can bring everything that you need with you? Consider your practical needs with the vehicle first and foremost to help you narrow your list down into a range that you’re not likely to find yourself frustrated with before too long. Of course, there are practical car accessories that can help solve some of the issues even if the car itself does not.

To make sure that you’re driving the vehicle that’s right for you, you need a good idea of your priorities. The tips above can help you put them into some order, but what matters most amongst them is still your call.

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Is Your Home As Energy Efficient As You Think?

Is Your Home As Energy Efficient As You Think?

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We all like to think that our homes are energy efficient. Nobody will actively admit that they don’t have an energy-efficient home as it’s an admission that you don’t care for the environment

Nevertheless, your property could have a larger carbon footprint than you think. It’s not technically through any fault of your own; it’s just a case of being unaware of how much energy you use. So, how do you find out if your home is energy-efficient or not? Here are a few questions you can answer that will indicate if you’re saving energy or using too much:

What type of heating system do you have?

Do you use a typical radiator heating system throughout your property? If so, your house is not as energy efficient as it could be. Believe it or not, but underfloor heating has a much smaller carbon footprint. Hardly anyone is aware that the average cost of underfloor heating is less than radiator heating over your lifetime. True, the installation will cost more, but it costs less to run due to energy efficiency. Without getting too detailed, it stems from the way underfloor heating heats up your home. It distributes the heat a lot better than radiators, meaning you don’t need it to be turned on as often – or at as high a temperature. 

How thick are your windows?

There’s almost no excuse to have single-glazed windows in this day and age. It’s simply an outdated product that provides zero benefits. Single glazing is very thin, which means it costs less than double or triple glazing. That’s about the only reason you may have for keeping it! Realistically, it’s a very inefficient product for your property. The thicker the windows, the more energy you keep inside your home. Therefore, you can turn your heating system down a few degrees as your windows provide better insulation. This reduces your energy usage and makes you more energy efficient. As a bonus, thicker windows also make your property safer by preventing breaches. Anyone can smash a single-glazed window with ease, but a double-glazed one requires more effort. 

Do you have a smart thermostat?

Smart thermostats are revolutionary devices in the age of energy efficiency. Basically, they provide full details of your energy usage by showing you some precise figures. You see how much money you spend, and also what’s using up the most energy. From here, you can actively look to reduce your energy usage by following what’s on your smart thermostat. For example, it may tell you that your lights are using up loads of energy and shooting your bill through the roof. Now that you’re aware of this, you can switch to energy-saving bulbs or be more conscious of turning them off. Without a smart thermostat, you will never be energy efficient as you lack the knowledge to see what you’re doing wrong. Don’t just take my word for it; recent research suggests you can save up to 23% on your energy bills with a smart thermostat. In essence, this means you use 23% less energy!

Answer these questions to figure out how energy efficient your home really is. In an ideal world, you’ll use underfloor heating, have thick windows, and call upon a smart thermostat. If everyone followed this advice, the world would be in a much better place.

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How You Can Make Like Greta And Campaign For Change

How You Can Make Like Greta And Campaign For Change

Greta Thunberg is only 17, but she is making waves for climate change and campaigning like never before. This is a girl that wants to make real change, not only by using her voice but by taking action. She has also come under fire from many big names and media outlets, and handled it so well. 

In comparison, it can seem like we’re not doing enough to help climate change – the ideas below will help you to make like Greta and effectively campaign for change. 

Donate

Donating is simple, but it works. There are many charities out there who badly want change and to prevent climate change. By donating even a little bit of money regularly, you could make an impact. 

Become A Friend Of The Earth

Make changes in the things you do to become more eco friendly. Demonstrate to others what we should all be doing to make a big change in the world. One person really can make a difference. 

Share Issues On Your Social Pages

Don’t be afraid to share issues and what you truly believe matters on your social pages. Your voice is more powerful than you think – you just need to ignore the naysayers. Anybody that doesn’t want you to share your voice is projecting their own fears and insecurities onto you. 

The infographic below could be an interesting thing to share with your audience. What makes a successful public policy and how does it relate to climate change? 


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The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

Yes, it’s time for that talk. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is having the hottest year on record. For eleven months in a row, we’ve been warmer than every other year. This April was hotter than last April. October just passed was hotter than all the other Octobers before it. If that isn’t a bit of a wakeup call for us to live more sustainably, I don’t want to know what the tipping point will be. The easiest place to start making those changes in your life is in your very own home. So, let’s look at a few.

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Keep the heat in

We’ve been talking about getting cozy for the winter for some time now. It’s easier to do that if you make a few changes to the home. You don’t have to go mad on your energy bill. Instead, focus on how your house maintains its own climate for longer. Make sure you’re insulating properly. Not just fitting insulation in the roof. You should be caulking any gaps in your windows and using draft excluders. You should also insulate your pipes so that your water heater can be a lot more effective at its job.

Take care of your tech

If you want to reduce your energy bill (and your carbon footprint) you need to look at your electronic appliances. There are a few ways to make sure they’re better at their job. For one, make sure they’re cleaned and maintained. A dusty AC is going to be a much less energy efficient AC. The better condition they’re kept in, the more work they can do with less energy. Of course, there comes a time that it’s a lot more energy efficient to think of a replacement. This is particularly true of refrigerators and HVAC equipment. If yours is really starting to show its age, it might be a good idea to find heaters here and other places. They now come with energy ratings so you can make a more responsible choice right off the bat.

Be water conscious

Contrary to what a lot of people might believe, it doesn’t all start and stop with energy use. Your water is just as important a part of living sustainably. Water shortages are already starting to rear their ugly head. As time goes on, it’s believed that it might be one of the greatest crises that we face as species. So let’s start using less now. For instance, you start fitting water-smart heads onto your shower as well as your faucets. Meaning you spend less water for every second that your water is running. If you garden, you should also consider recycling bath and dish water. Grey water, as it’s known, poses no harm to your garden.

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Plant a tree

If you have the space for it, then why not go full steam ahead and use that space? For one, trees are gorgeous and you should be happy to have one in your garden. They also shade your home during the summer. That means that indoor climate control is even easier. Most importantly, trees are a habitat. As we keep building houses and cities, we are reducing the amount of homes for nature. Planting a tree means building a home for nature in your own garden. If we don’t start providing a home nature and we keep taking its home, then it has no place to go and simply ceases to be.

The fourth R is replace

Reduce, reuse and recycle are some good lessons to live by. But replacing should be just as big a part of your plan. In particular, you should be reducing the materials that you’re using in your home. For one, let’s look at how we use paper. A lot of us still print out paper for home business and bookkeeping like it comes from the thin air. Going paperless not only makes it easier to organize all your documents but it saves money. As does relying more on reusable cloth wipes than paper towels in the kitchen. There are other tech-y changes you can make in the home, too. For instance, using LED lights instead of your standard ones.

Mind how you clean

This is a tip for those who are both environmentally conscious and concerned about their everyday health. Household cleaners are easily one of the biggest culprits of ground water and air contamination. They’re not only bad for nature. They’re bad for us, too. They can cause asthma and exacerbate breathing conditions. In some serious cases, household cleaners have even shown links to central nervous system damage. Start switching them out for more health and eco-friendly green cleaning alternatives. You’ll be protecting your own health. You’ll also be protecting the water and the health of all the plant life around you. It’s time to put a stop to the toxic effects we have every day without knowing.

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Have a meat-free day

I’m not telling you to go all vegan on us. We know that people like their meat. We also know that it’s nutritious and an easy way to contribute to an all-rounded diet. But the fact is that meat production is another one of those huge parts of the carbon footprint that we make on the world. Being more sustainable means using less. The simple fact is that meat is one of the least energy efficient ways of feeding ourselves. The solution is simple. On Monday, just don’t eat meat. There are plenty of great vegetarian options that taste just fine. You can go a day without meat, so do it. It’s the equivalent of not driving your car for a day, after all.

Let’s be honest, none of these changes are all that hard. Soon as we spend some time acclimating, it’s not much of a change at all. So, let’s take the time to get off our backsides and make those changes. Let’s see how far we take it and start working to leave a better planet for our kids.

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