With a growing public awareness to the dangers of global warming (climate change), it is becoming increasingly important to remain informed about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Listed below are seven ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and safeguard the environment for future generations.
Renewable energy is the future of energy resources, due to its significant environmental benefits as well as providing a solution to the depleting reserves of fossil fuels. Green electricity comes from renewable resources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric energy. You can now purchase ‘green power’ from energy suppliers. For a nominal fee — a few more cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity — your supplier will purchase energy from green sources equivalent to the amount which you wish to use. The more people who participate in this scheme, the greater the investment will be made in these technologies. This in turn will hasten the pace of change, reducing the cost of these services and promoting a more energy-efficient future for all.
2-Eat less red meat
Cattle and sheep produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas which contributes 72 times more damage than CO2 over a 20 year period. To reduce the impact of this harmful gas, reduce your consumption of red meat and opt instead for meat such as chicken or pork which produce far fewer emissions. You do not need to cut out red meat entirely, but significantly reducing your intake will in turn significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
3-Energize your home
With a little care and attention, you can rectify your household habits to reduce your carbon footprint. Turn lights off when you leave a room, switch off your TV at the wall rather than placing it on standby and turn off unnecessary heating or air conditioning. These small individual actions can drastically reduce your carbon footprint when practised over a long period of time. Moreover, these energy-efficient habits can save you valuable financial resources that you were previously wasting on heating expenditures.
4-Invest in energy and water efficient appliances
Whenever you purchase a new appliance, from electronic appliances to air conditioners and washing machines, analyze their energy and water usages. Choose more energy-efficient appliances to reduce their CO2 impact on the environment, as well as their financial impact on your savings.
5-Seek alternative methods of transportation
Public transport such as buses and trains, as well as bicycles, offer a much more greenhouse friendly commute. Moreover, they are often considerably cheaper, alleviating you from being dependent on rising gas prices and the costly maintenance repairs of cars. Moreover, commuting in congested traffic each day can be highly stressful. By experimenting with alternative methods of transportation you can relieve yourself of daily commute-related stresses as well as being confident that you are protecting the environment for future generations.
6-Recycle and re-use
A large amount of our CO2 footprint is the result of unnecessary waste. Every day we throw away excess food or neglect to recycle our waste products. If you regularly use your local recycling service for plastics, metal and paper then you can reduce your carbon footprint. Similarly, try to reuse products rather than simply throwing them away and buying new products; the production of which is adding to our universal carbon footprint. Try to have appliances fixed rather than replaced, and avoid purchasing unnecessary products which are draining our global supplies of raw materials. Utilize cleaning and refurbishing companies such as EP Cleaners and Clearview to clean old products rather than buying new ones. Sustainability is key to significantly reducing your carbon footprint.
7-Purchase local produce
A large element of the economy’s carbon footprint is a result of transporting food through freighting. If you buy local produce, it will not have been transported over a great distance, therefore it will carry a lower CO2 footprint. This will boost both the environment as well as the economy of your local community.
This article was written by George Campbell, a freelance writer from Birmingham in England. George has been a teacher for four years and he loves writing about education but he is versatile and he also writes across a variety of other topics. You can stay connected with George on Google+ and follow him on Twitter.