8 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Andrew

Carbon footprint. Remember that? About five years ago you couldn’t avoid the buzzword for measuring our own personal carbon emissions. Well guess what? Carbon emissions are still a very real problem in our world and here is a gentle reminder of all the things that you can do to help the planet lower them. Eight small tasks and decisions that won’t hinder your life but if collectively done will see a better outlook for this place we call home.

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1. Buy Local

By purchasing goods and services that have been locally sourced you’re doing your bit by keeping the produce in your area and lowering the need for greater fuel consumption when produce needs to be exported elsewhere.

2. Get into a High Gear as Soon as Possible

Here’s a small habit that ensures everyone’s a winner. The sooner you can get into a high gear the less work your car needs to do, ensuring that your fuel goes much further than if you stayed in a lower gear. You save money and emissions are reduced.

3. Switch to Clean Energy

Despite taking a little more research, switching to an alternative energy can be of great benefit to both the environment and your bank balance. There are numerous options now available to the majority including wind power and solar energy. Many energy providers will offer these options to you so call up and find out.

4. Car Sharing

Why bother taking two cars to work when you and a colleague live only a short distance away from one another. Fuel consumption will be reduced and less traffic on the road may mean you get to work on time!

5. Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries can be used for years before they start losing their charge quickly. Over that time, you would be able to reduce your carbon footprint by almost a thousand pounds.

6. Online Activity

Going out regularly will impact on your carbon footprint. Along with fuel for travel there is the energy used by establishments you frequent. Is your pastime something that you could do online? Many sites have chat rooms for keeping in contact with friends without incurring the cost of going out on the town. You could arrange an activity with friends to do online together, for example a casino night. Visit the Crazy Winners casino where you can gamble and chat whilst simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint.

7. Take a Shower

Not only is showering far quicker and convenient, it uses 1/5 of the energy required for taking a bath. Showers also use less water and you can reduce this further by using a ‘low flow’ shower head.

8. Unplug Your Phone Charger

It’s a little known fact that some appliances still use energy even when they are switched off. To ensure that you conserve as much energy as possible, unplug as many of your appliances as you can. Particularly phone chargers. I’m sure you’ve noticed how warm they can get even when they are not charging.

With all the talk of politics, the economy and war in the media, it is often easy for us to forget that we all live in this world together and if we don’t look after it and make these minute modifications to our living habits then future generations may suffer as a result of our disregard for energy conservation.

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings

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