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Switch to rechargeable batteries

Submitted by on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 Loading Add to favourites  4 Comments

use rechargeable batteries to save energyEvery year in the UK, householders bin 700 million batteries weighing 19,000 tonnes. Put end to end, these would stretch to Australia and back.

We’re buying more and more battery operated gadgets such as digital cameras, MP3 players, Cd players, remote controls, games consoles and wireless computer peripherals.

Currently, less than 2% of batteries are recycled which is such a waste! It’s a waste of resources, landfill space and your money.

Switching to rechargeable batteries is a simple green step to take, and make sure you recycle your regular batteries responsibly too. Many civic amenity sites have collection points, and some councils offer kerbside collections; so see what is available to you.

Why not try USB rechargeable batteries for total convenience?


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  • Neil says:

    Switching to rechargeable batteries really saves money. We use them all the time. Our torch batteries have been charged hundreds of times and are still going strong.

    Investing in some for the digital camera really does pay. A rechargeable camera battery has a slightly less charged lifespan, but economically wins hands down. Just have a backup set ready and waiting.

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Neil, rechargeable batteries seem to last forever don’t they? We have a few now that don’t hold much of a charge, but I use those for things that pull little power.

    And I’m with you on the digital cameras idea. Once you’re in a routine of charging them up as soon as they are flat, you always have fresh batteries on hand 🙂

  • Ben says:

    We have been using rechargeable batteries for years on most things. I have not bought AA batteries forever. Although I did it mostly for the frugality, it is certainly a good thing for the environment as well as the pocketbook.

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Ben: Ben I love it when green and frugal go hand in hand. It makes up for the fact that some green improvements require lots of disposable income 😉