Reduce Carbon Footprint – what is your carbon footprint and how do you reduce it easily?
Carbon Footprint basically means how much carbon are you or your family leaving behind each day, each week and each year by living. The more fossil fuelled energy you use (usually coal power), the bigger gas guzzler you drive and how often you travel by air, all adds up to ‘your’ carbon footprint.
The number one way to reduce your carbon footprint is to purchase green renewable power from your power company, home electricity contributes around 12% to your carbon footprint. Green power costs a little bit more but over time this should change as more and more people demand clean energy which will drive down the price of solar, wind and wave energy. Just remember to make sure your green energy is accredited by the government to ensure you money is going towards new truly green power projects, such as new wind farms or solar farms. Sometimes power companies try to sell green power that is just existing hydro-electric power that has been in place for many years.
The 2nd big ticket item contributing towards your carbon footprint is personal transport e.g. your car, at around 10%, so next time your buy a car make it a green car or better still drive it less and use your a bicycle. Not only will you be healthier, you’ll save money and help the environment.
Finally all the little things add up to a lot, like:
– turn off lights when you aren’t in the room
– turn off appliances at the wall when not using them
– turn you heating down or off and use a nice warm jumper
– walk or ride to the shops rather than jumping in the car
– check where your food is coming from and buy locally
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