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A few reasons why rechargeable batteries are better for the environment

August 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Living, Top Picks

rechargeable batteriesEach and every one of us can do our bit to help the environment. We can cut back on the number of short car journeys to reduce our carbon emissions; we can recycle household waste to stop it ending up in landfill and we can switch to energy efficient products such as light bulbs, household boilers and rechargeable AAA batteries.

A study in 2008 found rechargeable AAA batteries impact the environment 28 times less than standard disposable alkaline batteries. Most of the benefits of using rechargeable batteries comes from the fact that over the course of the lifetime of a battery powered good you’ll only need one rechargeable battery, but dozens of disposable batteries. Disposable batteries can be used just once; rechargeable batteries can be used up to 1,000 times. Less batteries means less toxic waste and less energy is expended.

Additionally, rechargeable batteries are up to 12 times less toxic than disposable batteries, which is good news for ground water and small animals. They use 23 times less non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels and minerals and impact on the ozone layer that surrounds the earth 30 times less than disposable batteries.

RS Online has a wide range of rechargeable AAA batteries to choose from, helping you do your bit for the environment. It may be a small step, but lots of small steps can collectively take us on long journeys.

Other small steps you can take to make big collective changes include switching to energy-efficient light bulbs. By switching from a standard light bulb to a low wattage energy efficient bulb (that is just as bright) you could save up to 320kg of CO2 emissions every single year, plus a bucket load of cash. It would take 15 trees to absorb this much carbon dioxide from the air. Even the smallest change – 124kg of CO2 per annum – makes a huge difference. This would take six trees to absorb and with continued deforestation we can no longer rely on trees to do all the hard work; we need to produce less CO2 in the first place.

You can find out about other ways of becoming more energy efficient and environmentally friendly on the Energy Saving Trust website.

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