Best Practices is a cost-effective way to meet our current and future
demand for energy in the form of electricity, petroleum, natural
gas and minerals while reducing emissions of air pollutants and
greenhouse gases, lowering energy costs, and improving the reliability
and security of the energy system.
Best Practices suggest that avoiding processed food will reduce
waste, save time and money, and protect our environment at the same
time. Also, choosing locally produced food reduces the need to move
and transport large amounts of unneeded food around the world and
therefore reduces pollution.
distribution of food across the world in cars and truck adds to
pollution, congestion and climate change. For instance, the environmental
cost of moving food in the UK was as much as £9bn a year,
around half of it due to congestion. The Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs report said that 25% of all miles covered
by heavy goods traffic was to move food. The quantity of food moved
by road has doubled since 1974, the report said.
products and services that enhance the quality of your life.
the environment means more than preventing pollution and cleaning
up our messes. Avoid using chemical sprays in the garden - some
of these can be poisonous to wildlife.
Organic matter e.g. potato peelings, left over food, tea leaves
etc. can be transferred straight to a compost heap in the garden
and used as a good natural fertilizer for the plants.
Best Practices require improvements in product design, technology
Conserve electricity or heat. Electricity and heating are produced
by burning coal, oil and gas and this action gives off carbon
your old clothes to charity shops. Some are sold, others are returned
to textile mills for recycling.
buying plastic. It's difficult to recycle. One way to cut down
on plastic is to refuse to use carrier bags offered by supermarkets.
Ideally use strong, long lasting shopping bags.
less energy by switching off lights when rooms are not in use.
Avoid wasting hot water, overheating rooms and boiling more water
than necessary when making a cup of tea!
fumes produce carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide - therefore cut
down on car journeys if possible. Use a bike or walk - it's good
exercise for you too!
a Fit and Prosperous Life!
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