It’s no secret – we’re entering a climate change crisis. But you can still do your bit to help, and aiding Mother Nature doesn’t have to be a drag.

As temperatures heat up, here are five easy things you can do to make a positive difference this summer:

  1. Get outdoors

    Spend less time using energy-guzzling appliances and electronics indoors, and make the most of the summer season by getting outside and becoming one with nature.

  2. Fire up the barbie

    Invite friends over and cook some tasty eats on the BBQ. Avoiding using the oven isn’t only more energy-efficient; it also helps to prevent turning your house into a makeshift sauna.

  3. Turn off appliances when not in use

    Appliances and electronics use energy any time they’re switched on, so listen to your parents for once and be sure to turn them off when you’re not using them.

  4. Cool down with a fan

    Ditch your power-guzzling AC unit and opt for a battery-powered fan. Strategically placing one near an open window can get a cool breeze going while saving you tons of money in the process.

  5. Give your AC unit a check-up

    If you have to use an AC unit, make sure to have it serviced to ensure it’s running at maximum efficiency, and replace any out-dated unit with a new, more energy-efficient rated version.

Helping the environment doesn’t have to come at the expense of an enjoyable summer. Just fire up the barbie, pull up a chair, snack on a snag and be merry – all the while thinking green.