Rechargeable batteries have been around for many years, but it seems that many of us are still happier buying, using and then throwing away disposable batteries, despite their expense and large environmental impact. Every year, 15 billion disposable batteries are added to our landfills every year, a huge number, especially considering the harmful substances which they harbour.
Here’s just a few reasons why you should consider investing in rechargeable batteries, the benefits they can have for your home and the environment, and how they can change the way you use battery-powered devices.
- Rechargeable batteries require a small amount of electricity to charge, but this is more than cancelled out by the huge amount of waste they prevent
- Rechargeable batteries have been shown to perform better and last longer than the alkaline equivalent in items such as digital cameras, and can be used and recharged hundreds of times before they are finally exhausted
- Using and recharging batteries has become even easier in recent years, with the Energy Star now rating battery chargers on energy efficiency. This makes it easier to choose the most efficient models, with the difference between the best and worst models being as much as 35%
- Batteries and chargers have come a long way in recent years and a number of alternative chargers now exist to keep your battery use even greener. Solar chargers allow you to charge rechargeable batteries without the need for mains electricity
- When the life of a rechargeable battery eventually comes to an end, recycling them is easy. Battery drop-off bins are available in supermarkets and hardware stores, making it easy to get rid of unwanted batteries safely
- A set of rechargeable batteries are far better for your wallet- lasting for years before needing to buy more. For this reason, they’re also perfect for portable gadgets such as digital cameras, meaning you’re not left searching out shops to buy replacement disposables while you’re away on holiday or out and about
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