Ten ideas for tackling climate change

Helping to change the energy model to achieve a sustainable economy is easier than it seems. In this article you will find ten things you can do in your daily life to tackle climate change.

How can we optimise the energy consumption model and make progress towards sustainability?

The report entitled The Future of Sustainable Cities: urban Energy Transition to 2030 by Deloitte concludes that dealing with urban emissions is the most effective way of tackling climate change and drive the transition to energy sustainability.

We must all get more involved and do better to reverse the adverse effects of climate change. Governments, businesses (by promoting sustainable energies) and all citizens need to gradually change our habits to tackle climate change.

Although there are many things you can do, we have focused on those with the greatest potential and which are the easiest to implement:

 

1. Walking and cycling

If you need to travel short or medium-length distances, you can get in shape as you tackle climate change.

Non-motorised forms of transport such as cycling and scootering, and above all walking, significantly reduce emissions and energy waste. 

Whenever possible, choose to switch to a non-motorised form of transport. Such as cycling, scootering or walking.

 

2. Drive efficiently

If you have to take the car, as we all sometimes do, there are ways of driving more efficiently that will not only help tackle climate change but also save you money on fuel. 

Avoid sudden speed changes, use high gears and accelerate gradually, without putting your foot down fully.

 

3. Use electric cars

Car manufacturers are releasing increasingly affordable electric car models.

In addition, although the initial outlay is much higher than for a petrol or diesel model, maintenance and charging are far cheaper.

Did you know that for just 1 euro per day you can charge your electric car only with renewable energies? Tackling climate change is cheaper than a coffee.

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4. Make your home more sustainable

Renovate the elements of your home that can make it more sustainable such as windows, facades, roofs, insulation, etc.

Doing this can cut your heating bill by up to 60%, so it's good for your bank balance as well as for tackling climate change.

 

5. LED bulbs and smart controls  

A very simple way to tackle climate change in your home is to reduce the energy consumed by lighting. Use energy-efficient bulbs and try smart lightingcontrol systems.

Just by doing this you can cut your lighting consumption by between 70 and 90%.

 

6. Efficient heating   

Installing  heating control systems , such as thermostats, to adjust heating consumption to thermal requirements allows you to heat homes without unnecessary consumption or extra costs on your bill.

Also, switching heating equipment for more efficient options, such as heat pumps or natural gas condensing boilers, can really help to tackle climate change and achieve a more sustainable planet.

 

7. Choose A-rated appliances  

Use efficient, low-consumption, low-pollution appliances (A+++ rating).

Although the most efficient appliances are slightly more expensive to buy, this additional cost is recouped before the end of their useful life thanks to the energy savings they achieve.

If it enables us to tackle climate change from home and save money to boot, what more can we ask of an appliance.

 

 8. Switch off the TV and computer

It's a deep-rooted habit we almost all have. Leaving both the TV and computer on standby. This is known as phantom energy and can account for around 10% of a home's annual energy use.

If we want to care for our environment and save electricity, we must switch off the little red light that is always on.

 

9. Disconnect chargers

Other electricity vampires are the chargers that we always keep plugged in.

Like your TV and computer, you should disconnect chargers for mobiles and other electronic devices when they are not in use, thus making a significant saving.

 

10. Ten ideas for tackling climate change

In buildings with a large enough horizontal surface, it may be worth looking at fitting self-consumption systems that enable dependence on external energy sources to be reduced.

Self-consumption not only uses renewable energies but also minimises energy transmission needs - a 2x1 win in the fight against climate change.

The domestic storage batteries now present in smart homes represent a significant advance in this regard as they enable the surplus solar energy self-generated during the day to be used.

  1. Walk and cycle
  2. Drive efficiently
  3. Use electric cars 
  4. Make your home more sustainable
  5. LED bulbs and smart controls
  6. Efficient heating   
  7. Choose A-rated appliances
  8. Switch off the TV and computer  
  9. Disconnect chargers 
  10. Fit a self-consumption system

 

Social awareness to tackle climate change

While it is true that local councils are chiefly responsible for driving this transformation and setting an example with their actions, we as citizens must also play an active role in this process.

By showing awareness and commitment in all our individual actions, we can contribute significantly to achieving an energy transition that will help us tackle climate change and attain a more sustainable world.

Attaining a sustainable economy that achieves energy efficiency must necessarily involve the transformation of our behaviour and consumption habits.

In this context, it is imperative that citizens support initiatives that promote the circular economy - reuse, reduce and recycle -, by fostering the optimisation of natural resources and the conservation of global biodiversity.

To do this, citizens must be informed about the impacts caused by our actions, raise awareness among those around us of the importance of small gestures and be able to make the changes required to definitively achieve sustainability. Are you ready for the challenge?

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