Keep Doors Closed - Good General Environmental Practice
A large number of initiatives to reduce and limit any negative impact upon the environment require significant investment and long waits for construction and set-up before it can be put into practice and achieving its intended purpose. This can often prohibit the commissioning and implementation of environmental schemes and initiatives as the high expense or significant amount of effort and planning required is overlooked in favour of more short-term options which are likely to be harmful for the planet and the environment.
There are however also a large number of projects and methods which can not only have significant benefits for the environment by achieving an objective such as preventing heat loss and reducing energy consumption demands, but are relatively quick and inexpensive to set up or install. Along with these, there are simple actions too that people can introduce or perform which may even cost nothing. On their own these actions are hardly likely to make much of a difference, but over the years and if everybody else in the world did it, the benefits for the environment would be huge.
One such action is the simple closing of doors, especially ones leading to the outside. With a lot of emphasis placed on eking out every little percentage saved with regards to heat loss through tiny cracks or poorly insulated walls, it is ironic that some people forget that an open door to the outside causes a significant amount of heat loss to the cold outside, or cooled air escaping out to a hot outside. In either such case, this air will have to be replaced through heating up more or running the air conditioners again.
The simple action of keeping doors closed can not only save a household or business a lot of money over the long-term by not having to heat or cool as much air, but is also good for the environment as the power and electricity needed for the heater or air conditioning unit to operate would likely have come from a power station which burns fossil fuels that would release harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
Even better than relying upon people (which may include yourself!) to always shut doors is to install brackets which force doors to close when not held open by a person. As long as they are not propped open and forgotten about - which is also a fire hazard if they are an internal fire door - the doors will always close and prevent the loss of heated/cooled air without a person having to remember to shut it/them.
So whilst significant environmental investment in schemes such as wind farms may have a larger general benefit for the environment overall, little steps and actions such as the closing of doors can have a tremendous cumulative effect when performed all the time and by large numbers of people, much in the same way that one house switching to the use of energy efficient light bulbs is unlikely to make much of a difference, but when every house in the country does it the overall effects are tremendous.
Environmental Training and Courses
Households and businesses alike are paying increasing attention to their legal and moral environmental responsibilities, not to mention the implications for their brand name and image if they are seen to be major polluters. For this reason environmental training courses are gaining popularity, and along with environmental elements being included on courses like the NEBOSH General Certificate for instance, courses dedicated solely to environmental issues such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate are being taken by more and more people. Not only do companies require their current staff members to be aware of how their actions or inactions can have a detrimental effect upon the environment, but more and more are requiring the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate or equivalent environmental qualification from prospective employees, just as many have required the NEBOSH General Certificate as a minimum in most cases for anyone applying for a health and safety role within the organisation.