5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Home
What is this thing we called a “carbon footprint?” Well in simple terms it is the amount of carbon dioxide and compounds that are emitted from the consumption of fossil fuels from a specific activity.
There are tons of activities and actions we do and take that create a carbon footprint, and while some are small and you might not realize what you are doing, some are noticeably measurable and are the major causes of environmental issues in the world.
Hopefully from this post you become aware of some things you might not have thought of what it comes to the carbon footprint you are creating in your day to day life. Let’s get into the 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint:
1) Change out your light bulbs
Not only should you be changing out your old technology light bulbs (like CFL, metal halide, incandescent, etc) to newer technology bulbs like LED lights, but you should be conscious about when your lights are on.
Think about it, how often do you leave a room and leave your lights on behind you and don’t return to that room for at least a few minutes? Running these light bulbs produces a carbon footprint, and you can greatly reduce it simply by reducing the amount of time your lights are on during the day.
But while the lights are in actual use, you can greatly reduce your carbon footprint by switching out older light bulbs with old technology (like stated above) to new technology such as LEDs. LED lights are becoming cheaper and even more efficient every single year. So it just makes sense to make the switch.
Now start reducing your carbon footprint with LED lights, and stop leaving them on when not in use!
2) Eat locally grown food
Think about this; local food only has to travel a very short distance to be delivered to your area. Thus, there is way less use of gas then there is when food is delivered from the other side of the country.
On top of that, it is a known fact that locally grown food uses way less resources (like water) to grow the food. By buying locally grown food, you are able to reduce gas usage as well as use less water to produce the food you eat.
On top of that, it’s typically found that locally grown food tastes way better and it’s probably healthier too (less chemicals being used).
All these benefits to eating local, why aren’t you already?
3) Insulate your home properly
Not only will insulating your home properly save you tons of money when it comes to cooling and heating your home, but by having to use less resources to keep your home cool or warm you will be reducing your carbon footprint enormously.
The only downfall to this one is that it might be a bit of an upfront investment due to labor and the actual materials you will need to make the proper adjustments. But if you look at the bigger picture, it will pay itself back and then some over the years. Even better, you will be reducing your carbon footprint! And that’s the goal, right?
4) Install solar panels
There are a few options to go for this one, like solar panels for hot water, and others that generate electricity.
This method of reducing your carbon footprint is quiet obvious, you are putting the suns energy to work, and it produces energy that would otherwise be generated through other ways (like burning coal) that aren’t so green.
And we get it, solar panels can be a bit of an up front investment just like insulating your home could be, but you just need to educate yourself on the real benefits and realize that this is probably one of the best times to buy solar panels!
Now go install some solar panels, save money on electricity, and save the environment!
5) Educate others
The most powerful way to really make an impact is get others to follow in your footsteps. On top of that, encourage them to encourage others to make some changes to reduce there carbon footprint too!
Word of mouth is powerful, and it can start with you. Try to start with your family, educate them on the benefits on reducing their carbon footprint, then educate your friends.
Once you’ve educated everyone you know, you might want to make it a goal to educate others. Maybe try to expand your outreach and start talking to other people about it. You’d be surprised how many people will understand what you are saying, and maybe you’ll change their ways of thinking on green living!
Although there are only 5 things on this list, and yet they are extremely powerful alone, there are so many more ways to go about reducing your carbon footprint.
Be sure to think green in all aspects of your life, and always think about if what you are doing is the ‘greenest’ way to go about doing it. If not, try to make it as green of an activity as possible! There are an endless amount of things we can do to reduce our footprints, some more extreme than other.
Tell us something you think others should be doing to reduce their carbon footprint in the comments, we’d all love to hear!