Global warming is causing significant harm to our planet; the polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising and temperatures are increasing all around the world. In response to growing fears over the state of the environment, cities and towns all across the UK have launched schemes designed to reduce carbon emissions and create a greener society. Glasgow has recently introduced several initiatives to fight pollution, reduce congestion in the city and encourage the use of public transport. Everyone should support these initiatives and do their part to help in the fight again climate change. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can contribute to a greener future in Glasgow.
Use public transport
As part of Glasgow’s new Low Emissions Zone, the city has introduced ultra-low emission buses that are designed to provide a convenient and green method of transport around the city. The low-emission buses were first launched in October 2018 on the 75 city service. However, they now operate across the 18, 241, and 34 services as well. This means that you can now use the eco-friendly bus network to reach most areas inside and outside of Glasgow. Using public transport, like the low-emission buses, is an excellent way to reduce air pollution associated with transport. Not only is using public transport greener, but it could also save you significant amounts of money over time. Plus, you won’t need to worry about trying to find parking spaces in the busy capital. Overall, the government believes that buses could be the solution to increasing traffic congestion and high levels of air pollution in the capital. According to a recent report, one bus has the potential to remove 75 cars from the roads in and around the city and could result in an annual carbon saving of 67,200kg.
Make your home more energy-efficient
There has been a big focus on making properties in Glasgow greener in recent years. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to make your home more energy-efficient and reduce your carbon footprint. Minor upgrades can help to reduce harmful emissions and should also save you money by slashing your monthly energy costs. If you are considering ways to make your home more sustainable, then a great place to start is by obtaining an up to date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC Glasgow involves an energy professional visiting your home and completing an assessment to check the energy-efficiency of your home. Following the assessment, your property will be given an energy rating of A-G (A being the most energy-efficient and G being the least). As part of the EPC, you will also be provided with recommendations on how to improve the energy-efficiency of your property. Below, we are going to look at some of the top ways to make your home more energy-efficient.
Install triple glazing
Worn or damaged windows can cause your home to lose heat and make it difficult to maintain a comfortable living temperature. Replacing old windows and door panels can be a simple way to make your home more energy-efficient. It should also boost the security of your living environment and reduce outside noise. There is an excellent selection of triple glazed windows that can insulate your home, eliminate cold drafts and make your property more secure.
Replace old appliances
Old appliances can be a massive drain on your energy and contribute large amounts of pollution. Upgrading to modern, more energy-efficient appliances can instantly lower your electricity usage and increase your home’s EPC rating. According to financial advice on thisismoney.com, you could save around £220 on your energy bills each year by upgrading your household appliances.
Add extra insulation
Installing extra insulation is another straightforward way to increase the energy-efficiency of your home. Some of the best places to add insulation include your internal and external walls and your attic. Having another layer of insulation will reduce your need for artificial heating, which will lower carbon emissions and energy bills!
In this age of environmental decline, we must all join the fight against global warming and take steps to lead a greener lifestyle. The government has introduced several initiatives to help make Glasgow cleaner and more sustainable. This includes a network of low-emission buses to transport people in and around the city. Try to be conscious of your impact and spare a thought for the environment in your everyday life. Use the above suggestions to make your travel and home more eco-friendly and help us work towards a greener Glasgow.