Today I would like to talk to you about a very easy change that is not only better for the planet but also for your wallet, as it will save you lots of money in the long run. Batteries. We use them everywhere from our alarm clocks, remote controls, toys, to fire alarms at home. Single use batteries can and should be of course recycled (if you dispose of them properly), but it is a long and expensive process which can be easily avoided with the simple switch to rechargeable batteries. Now if you don’t even recycle your single use batteries, know that you are releasing harmful heavy metals and toxic chemicals into the environment. So before you do the switch to rechargeable batteries, do not throw your single use batteries in the trash, but take them to the proper recycling bins. Disposing of them in the regular trash contaminates the soil and pollutes the water.
As for the benefits of switching to rechargeable batteries, here are a few:
- They produce less waste because they can be recharged with a simple battery charger and reused hundreds of times. (It generally takes 24 hours to recharge them.)
- They also use less energy because recharging batteries with a battery charger is more energy efficient than the cost and energy of making new batteries.
- Because you recharge them and reuse them hundreds of times instead of buying new ones each time, you are saving money.
- By switching to rechargeable batteries, you produce less waste.
Now, rechargeable batteries are indeed more expensive than single use batteries when you purchase them. In some countries even double the price. And yes, you will need to purchase a charger as well, which by the way charges many types of batteries. But since you will be recharging them and reusing them, you will already break even the third time you recharge and reuse them. And yet you will be able to recharge them and reuse hundreds of times, so think about the amount of money you will be saving! But best of all, you’ll be doing something good for the environment and stop contributing to the huge waste problem we are facing.