Reducing your carbon footprint might be something you have been thinking about for a while but are not sure on how to go about it. We will outline below a few tips that can be applied to your daily life to limit the damage that we cause to our planet. Nothing too difficult to do, since just a few minor tweaks to your lifestyle can seriously reduce your carbon footprint.
Consume organic products, even local produce whenever possible, and keep meat to only a couple of days a week unless you are vegetarian.
Turning down the thermostat in unused rooms is a great saver of energy. Whenever you open windows to air the room turn down the heat, turn off lights when leaving a room and remember to turn off electronics instead of keeping them on standby. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent lights.
The old standby cliché to put a brick in your toilet tank is still an acceptable way to reduce your consumption of water. Ensure that you do not have any leaks. This can be done by reading your water meter at night, and again in the morning before consumption begins again. Use organic cleaning products, or limit the amount of household cleaning products you use to prevent the release of toxic substances in the water.
Drink tap water instead of bottled water, to avoid the use of plastic. Carry a cloth sac to the grocery store with you. Compost, if you have a garden, all organic matter. It will make your garden grow better and reduce your trash collection bill. Refuse junk mail, buy in bulk to reduce unnecessary wrappers and boxes. Avoid anything that is disposable in nature, and take advantage of materials that you can use and re-use. For instance, paper towels can be replaced with cloth, razors can be disposable or long lasting, cameras can be reused so many times while a disposable one lasts but once.
Ride a bike, walk or use public transportation for short distances. Choose to take a longer vacation rather than 2 shorter trips. If traveling in Europe, take the train rather than a plane for your travels. Of course car-pooling to work still offers many advantages. Besides saving money, it contributes to reducing your carbon footprint and increases your social life.
A little investment can pay rich dividends
There is no better time to make changes than when you are remodeling your house. Choose double pane windows, energy efficient appliances and additional insulation. All these projects might cost more at the onset, but over the life of the improvements you will not only have reduced your carbon footprint, you will have the good feeling of having helped the planet for the next generations.