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Toeing the environmentally friendly line

There is a bigger focus now more than ever on protecting our planet and using its resources respectfully, whilst still maintaining its beauty for future generations. This means that environmental science is constantly evolving, with plenty of laws and legislations to keep up with it. 

With so many ways to be more environmentally friendly, it is also a good idea to stay up to date and understand some of the newer laws, and why we’re swapping certain things for others. It is obviously everyone’s responsibility to do as much as they can to look after the planet, so read on for a little more info on some of the newer changes we’ve been seeing.

Greenhouse gases

This was a big buzz phrase back in the 80s, but greenhouse gases are still something that we have to be aware of. F gas, which stands for fluorinated greenhouse gases, and ODS (ozone-depleting substances), are capable of damaging our protective ozone layer, and as such their use is becoming more and more limited, which you can read about here.

Although found in products such as insulation and fire extinguishers, the biggest culprit tends to be in the refrigeration industry. Obviously we’re unlikely to stop consuming refrigerated food, which is why newer refrigeration solutions are being created. Carbon dioxide is now beginning to be used for industrial refrigeration to great effect and with happy results for the environment. You can find out more about CO2 refrigeration solutions by checking out the info at Star Refrigeration.  

Energy-saving light bulbs

A few years ago, we saw the phase out of halogen light bulbs, and in their place we now have energy-saving ones, which last longer and are of course more energy efficient. Are they really as great as all that though, or are they just a step in the right direction?

All things considered, energy-saving light bulbs really do make a difference, lasting up to 12 times longer than traditional light bulbs.  And nowadays, they even light up a room instantly – just remember to go by the lumens rather than wattage when determining how bright you want your buln to be. For more information, take a look at the in depth guide here at the Energy Saving Trust. 

Home insulation

Like light bulbs, home insulation has undergone somewhat of a revolution in recent years, all with the aim of lowering our energy consumption. With a better understanding of where to exactly insulate a home, as well as more efficient yet less bulky insulation material, even older houses are experiencing this overhaul.

And it’s not just about the space in your roof and in between the walls either – your windows are getting the same treatment too. Newer double glazing is much more efficient at keeping heat in  and therefore your energy bills can see the advantages. If you do live in an older house and find your energy bills creeping up, look into properly insulating your property with the best of modern insulation solutions.

Recycling is the obvious bit when it comes to being environmentally friendly – think outside the box to make sure you’re doing as much as you can to help protect the environment.

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