Tuesday, December 13, 2016

10 Things You Can Do at Home to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Each and every person living on the planet plays a role in the way greenhouse gas emissions are released into the atmosphere. The waste we produce, the fuels we consume, and the energy sources we exhaust all have an impact on the environment as a whole. By reducing your carbon footprint you can help to protect the atmosphere from the dangerous emissions that are causing our global climates to change. Here are some things you can do to help.

Change Your Lightbulbs to CFL


Invest a little extra in compact flourescent light bulbs the next time one of yours burns out. Incandescent bulbs use tons of power and don’t last nearly as long, creating an excessive use of our resources while at the same time creating extra garbage. CFL bulbs can last up to 15 times longer and will use less than half the electricity.


Buy Locally Grown, Organic Produce


Buying organic produce increases the odds that your food was grown without the use of pesticides and growing methods that are considered damaging to the environment. Buying locally grown food will help to reduce your carbon footprint because the food will not have to travel as far (buy plane, truck, car, etc.) to get to you.


Stop Buying Bottled Water


While convenient, bottled water has a huge impact on the environment. Most bottled water companies have one main plant and then send their water around the globe via plane, boat, and truck. The transportation has a huge impact on the environment, and so does the spread of all of those empty plastic bottles. Find an eco-friendly canteen and refill it at home. Attach a home filtration system if you need to clean up your tap water a bit.


Turn Off and Unplug


Did you know that most of your electrical appliances are using electricity even when they are not turned on? Turn off any appliance or electronic device you are not using and, if possible, completely unplug them.


Adjust Your Heating and Air Settings


Adjust the settings on your heating systems and central air systems. Lowering your heat setting by a mere degree can save you anywhere from 5-8% on your heating bill and will decrease the amount of fuel you are using. Keep the house a degree cooler in the winter and a degree warmer in the summer and you’ll begin to see a huge difference. Consider turning down the temperature on the hot water heater, too.


Install Programmable Thermostats


Another great way of reducing your carbon footprint is by installing a programmable thermostat to control your heat and air settings. Doing so will make it easier for you to regulate the temperature in your household so that you don’t have to leave your systems running when you are not home. You’ll live a greener life by using less energy and will earn significant savings on your utility bill as well.


Fix Leaky Faucets


Did you know that a leaky faucet, dripping throughout the day, can waste gallons of water? Take the time to fix dripping taps so that you can save the earth’s water supply (and save some money).


Choose Your Garbage Bags Carefully


Did you know that black plastic bags can’t be recycled? The black pigment used to dye the bags makes them dangerous to put in the ground. Try to find white garbage bags when necessary. Creating a compost pile will make it easier for you to reduce the amount of garbage you are creating, too.


Buy Reusable Grocery Bags


Most stores offer reusable shopping bags for only $1-2 each. Pick up a few and start taking them with you to the store. You’ll reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment and will create less waste.


Donate Old Clothing


While it may seem easier to simply throw away clothing that is old or no longer fits, there are plenty of others who could benefit from what you consider mere rags. Donating your clothing will reduce the amount of garbage (and transportation of that garbage) you are producing and will help others in need.


There are hundreds of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Think about living a green, healthy life and you’ll be well on your way to making better decisions for yourself, your family, and the environment.


Resources:



  • Squidoo: 101 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint




  • Sustainability/PublicRadio: 15 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint




  • Carboon Footprint: Carbon Footprint Reduction



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