Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint

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Today, more than ever before, it is becoming more and more important to reduce our carbon footprint on the Earth. With Global Warming and pollution on the rise, it is crucial to do what we can now in order to preserve our resources and lower our energy consumption in the future. While some people choose to completely change their lifestyles in order to become more eco-friendly, others may not feel they can take things that far. If this is the case, or if you are just looking for some easy ways to reduce your own footprint, the best place to start is in your own home. Take a look at some of the easy ways you can reduce your energy consumption in your own life.

1. Bright Idea

A great way to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home is to monitor the use of your lights around the house. Try to keep the lights off during the day and open up your curtains instead to let the natural light in where possible. In the evening and night when you need the lights on, make sure to turn off lights in the rooms that are not occupied. Another great idea in terms of lighting is to switch your regular bulbs to energy efficient lightbulbs instead. While these special bulbs cost a little more than the average lightbulb, you will see a huge return on investment when you realize they last up to 15 times longer and only use a fifth of the amount of energy as regular bulbs.

2. Window of Opportunity

A major culprit of energy consumption in your home is your windows, especially old windows. After years and years of weather and wear and tear, your windows may not be as functional as they once were. Often times, windows that are not sealed properly allow hot and cold air to leak in and out of the house which not only increases the amount of energy you use through heating and cooling, but also causes you to pay more in energy costs. Sometimes there are simple things you can do to fix leaks in newer windows such as re-caulking them, or re-insulating around the window frames. However, if your windows are much older, the best thing to do would be to install replacement windows in your home. If you do this, consider choosing energy-efficient windows which use special glass systems to regulate the temperature in your home.

3. Bathing Green

One place in your home to change that can really reduce your carbon footprint is the bathroom. This is one room in the home that uses the most energy, and most of that is through water consumption. There are some simple things you can do to drastically reduce the amount of energy you consume in your bathroom. The easiest place to start is the lighting. As mentioned earlier, replace any bulbs in the bathroom with energy efficient bulbs. Doing this will reduce the amount of electricity used to a third or even a fifth of what was being used before. After you have addressed the lighting situation, take a look at your shower head. Older shower heads tend to use tens of gallons of water for every five minutes of showering, where newer water efficient shower heads use far less water. You may want to consider upgrading to an energy efficient piece. If you really want to reduce your energy consumption, think about converting your old tub into a shower. Professional bath remodelling companies can do tub-to-shower conversions in as little as a day now. This may be a good choice because showering uses far less water than bathing. Finally, switching to an energy efficient toilet can also reduce how much energy is being used in the bathroom. These new toilets use more flush power, therefore requiring less water per flush.

4. Pulling the Plug on Global Warming

One of the simplest ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of energy consumed in your home is to unplug any unused appliances around the house. Walk around your house and look at how many TVs, stereos, lamps, chargers, etc. are plugged in but not being used. You will be shocked at how many there are. When an appliance is plugged in but not being used, it is still consuming energy. There is a constant flow of energy from the outlets to the cords when something is plugged in. This is what people refer to as “Phantom Load”. Phantom load causes your appliances and electronics to constantly use energy, which can really increase the cost of your energy bill. Unplugging these unused items will significantly reduce the amount of energy you use as well as reduce the cost of your energy bills.

5. Stop the Overflow of Energy Use

One more important thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to minimize the amount of water you waste on a daily basis. So many people run the dishwasher or washing machine when the load is not even full, which ultimately wastes gallons of water. Try waiting until you have a full load before running the washing machine or dishwasher. Another place where water waste happens is while washing hands and brushing teeth. How many times have you brushed your teeth or washed your hands, only to leave the tap running while you scrub and lather? You’d be surprised at how much water you can save by turning off the taps during the scrubbing and lathering phases of brushing your teeth and washing your hands.

If you try all or even just one of these simple energy-saving methods in your own home, you will be on your way to dramatically reducing your carbon footprint in your everyday life, doing your part to help fight against Global Warming.

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